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Cardinal beats the Gaels ahead of Sunday's showdown

The third-ranked Stanford women's tennis team avenged one of its rare home losses with a 5-2 victory over visiting St. Mary's in a nonconference match Thursday.

The Gaels beat the Cardinal at Taube Tennis Center last February, becoming just the fourth school to defeat Stanford on its home court since 1995.

California in 1999, Florida in 2011 and UCLA in 2012 were the other three.

Stanford (6-0) scored the first four points of the match to clinch the victory early.

It would have been easy to overlook the Gaels this time around, especially given Sunday's highly-anticipated matchup against No. 5 Florida.

Instead, the Cardinal looked sharp throughout while knocking off its fifth ranked opponent of the year.

Stanford captured the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead before Caroline Doyle was first off the court in singles with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 6 spot.

Carol Zhao increased the Cardinal's lead to 3-0 following a 6-4, 6-3 victory at the No. 3 position.

Krista Hardebeck came through with the clincher, picking up a 6-3, 7-6 (3) triumph on court two.

Stanford hosts Florida on Sunday at noon.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford's Andrew McCabe and Akash Modi will join Cardinal grads Eddie Penev and Josh Dixon in the finals of the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The Challenge is an annual competition that determines the 15-member U.S. Senior National Team roster through the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 21-24.

Several Stanford gymnasts competed at the event, with Chris Turner, Jordan DeClerk, Paul Hichwa, Brian Knott, Sean Senters and Taylor Seaton also competing Friday.

Modi, Penev and Dixon are current members of the U.S. Senior National Team and will look to retain their spot on the squad.

Modi finished seventh overall in Friday's preliminaries, just ahead of Dixon, with a score of 85.300. Dixon scored 85.050.

Penev was 14th with a score of 83.550 and McCabe recorded the fifth best score on the vault with a 13.700 to advance.

— Stanford Athletics

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