Nicole Gibbs reached the quarterfinal of the NCAA women's tennis singles championship following her 6-4, 6-4 victory over Texas A&M's Christina Sanchez-Quintanar on Friday morning at the University of Illinois in Urbana.
The contest was a rematch of Tuesday night's battle between Gibbs and Sanchez-Quintanar in the team championship match. The Aggies' top player handed Gibbs her first collegiate setback of 6-0 in the first set.
Gibbs, who lost eight straight games to Sanchez-Quintanar in that match, won the final 12 games in a row for a 0-6, 6-2, 6-0 tone-setting victory that ignited Stanford's momentum.
"It was definitely a weird match the last time we played," said Gibbs. "I didn't really have any expectations coming into this match other than it would be gritty out there. She makes a lot of balls and makes you do some weird things to win points. I think both of us are pretty effective at using the short court and drop shots and slices, so there were a lot of really fun points, really long points, too."
The defending NCAA Singles champion, Gibbs is bidding to become Stanford's first repeat champion since Amber Liu in 2003-04.
Gibbs, who reached the semifinal round as a freshman on her home court, is also hoping to become the first player to win a team title and the singles competition in the same season since Duke's Mallory Cecil did it in 2009.
Gibbs plays Clemson's Yana Koroleva on Saturday, in another rematch. The pair played during a Feb. 23 regular-season match in which Gibbs topped Koroleva, 6-2, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Krista Hardebeck's impressive freshman season came to an end on Friday in a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Georgia's Lauren Herring.
Hardebeck, who achieved All-American status, completed the season with a team-best 36-13 record, 16-8 in duals.
The ITA Northwest Region Rookie of the Year, Hardebeck also was named an all-Pac-12 second team selection and to the NCAA all-tournament team.
She captured a singles title at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships in October, reached the finals of the Pac-12 tournament, and provided the clincher in Stanford's 4-3 upset of No. 1 Florida in the team semifinal on Monday.
Stanford wrapped up its season on Friday afternoon, finishing in a tie for 13th with Arkansas at the 2013 NCAA Women's Golf Championships on the University of Georgia Golf Course.
The Cardinal shot a 33-over-par 321 on Friday and settled in at 48-over-par for the four-day event. Stanford carded scores of 290, 288 and 301 over the first three days of the tournament.
Leading the way was freshman Mariah Stackhouse, who finished in a tie for 29th overall after posting a 295 (72-68-74-81).
Fellow rookie Lauren Kim finished at 299 (71-75-73-80) in a tie for 42nd overall while senior Sally Watson checked in at 305 (76-73-77-79) for a tie for 73rd.
Sophomore Mariko Tumangan concluded tournament play at 307 (71-72-77-87) while junior Danielle Frasier wrapped up at 318 (84-76-77-81).
Stanford improved its depth as it welcomed three more gymnasts to the team for the 2013-14 season, as announced Friday by head coach Kristen Smyth.
Joining the program will be twin sisters Danielle and Nicolette McNair, and Haley Spector. They complete a talented 2013-14 freshman class that also features Rachel Daum, Carinne Gale and Sophia Lee who signed national letters of intent in November 2012.
"I am extremely excited to add Danielle, Nicolette and Haley to a very strong 2013 incoming class," Smyth said. "These three scholar-athletes have had their sights set on being part of the Stanford program for a long time and we are thrilled to officially welcome them to the Stanford women's gymnastics family.
"All three are phenomenal gymnasts and great competitors. I know they will make a huge impact on our program."