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Cardinal women set to open spring season this weekend

Stanford will split its squad this weekend, with some traveling to the National Collegiate Tennis Championships in Indian Wells and others participating in the Freeman Memorial Invitational at UNLV.

The defending national champions Cardinal, which start the season ranked first in the nation, return five players from last year's team, including Kristie Ahn, who recorded the clinching win in Stanford's 4-3 victory over Texas A&M in the championship match.

Ahn (30-7) is one of three players, all of whom are back, who won at least 30 matches last year. She's joined by Krista Hardebeck (36-13) and Ellen Tsay (32-10).

Returning players Amelia Herring and Lindsey Kostas combined for another 17 wins.

Freshmen Caroline Doyle, a San Francisco native, Taylor Davidson and Carol Zhao gives Stanford another top recruiting class. Doyle, who graduated from high school a year early, was rated the No. 4 overall recruit by some publications.

Doyle, who turns 18 in March, attended St. Ignatius Prep her freshman year (she was named WCAL Player of the Year) before training full-time at the USTA National Center in Florida. She earned her high school diploma online. She reached the semifinals of the USTA ITA Northwest Regional Championships in October.

Davidson was rated the seventh-best recruit in the nation. She reached the quarterfinals of the USTA ITA Northwest Regional Championships and partnered with Tsay to win the doubles title.

Zhao, who also reached the quarterfinals of the USTA ITA event, was born in Beijing and lives in Canada. She won the Australian Open junior doubles title, with Ana Konjuh, last January.

Men's tennis

Cardinal players will participate at the Sherwood Cup in Thousand Oaks, which runs through Monday.

Menlo School grad Jamin Ball is one of three seniors for Stanford. He's joined by Daniel Ho and Fawaz Hourani.

The Cardinal opened its season with a 6-1 victory over visiting Pacific on Tuesday, with sophomore Maciek Romanowicz clinching match at No. 3 singles.

Sophomore Anthony Tsodikov, who won eight of 11 matches during the fall, and sophomore Trey Strobel won their matches to set up the clincher. Sophomore Nolan Paige also won his match.

Junior John Morrissey played at No. 1 singles against the Tigers and Ho played No. 2 singles.

Rick Eymer

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