Uploaded: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 4:07 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 8:37 PM
Cardinal women achieve a measure of revenge in tennis
|Stanford junior Mallory Burdette can take some satisfaction in her straight-set victory over Florida's Lauren Embree on Sunday, which helped the second-ranked Cardinal women's tennis team beat the visiting Gators, 5-2, in a nonconference match.
The last time top-ranked Florida appeared on the courts at Taube Family Tennis Center, it won the NCAA team championship, beating Stanford and ending the Cardinal's NCAA record 184-match home winning streak in the process. Embree beat Burdette in a three-set marathon to clinch the title last spring.
Stanford (4-0) got the better of the rematch in the highly anticipated regular-season meeting between the teams that won the previous two national titles, both times against each other.
All six Florida singles players were back, though the only other individual rematch was between Stacey Tan and Joanna Mather, and the Stanford junior reprised her victory.
Stanford's Kristie Ahn, who did not play in last year's championship match due to injury, beat Alexandra Cerone in three sets at the No. 4 singles spot.
Cardinal senior Veronica Li won her singles match at No. 6 singles in straight sets.
Stanford set the tone winning the doubles point. Ahn and Li rallied from behind to win at No. 3 doubles, even though the first two doubles matches, which went to Stanford, were over.
Stanford hosts St. Mary's in a nonconference match Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Stanford freshmen Ivana Hong and Pauline Hanset earned their first collegiate victories to lead the Cardinal past host Cal for the 25th consecutive time, with a 196.175-194.725 victory Sunday at Haas Pavilion.
Stanford (5-2) hasn't lost to the Golden Bears (4-3) since 2000 and is 34-1 against them since 1996.
The Cardinal swept every event, with junior Ashley Morgan winning the all-around with a score of 39.175. The Cardinal earned four scores of 9.9 or above, including Nicole Pechanec's meet-high 9.925 to win the uneven bars. Hanset won the floor exercise (9.850), Hong and Shona Morgan tied for first on the balance beam (9.90 each), and Nicole Dayton won the vault (9.875).
Hong, the U.S. elite champion on the vault and beam in 2009 and a former member of the U.S. national team, is rounding into form after being limited by an early-season ankle injury. She also scored a 9.825 on vault to finish second.
A highlight for Stanford was the official collegiate debut of sophomore captain Amanda Spinner, who competed for the first time in more than two years after undergoing six knee operations. Spinner scored 9.750 on the beam to place sixth.
Teagan Gerhart and Nyree White combined to pitch a five-inning perfect game and No. 9 Stanford downed UC Santa Barbara, 11-0, on the final day of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. on Sunday.
The Cardinal (4-1) travels to UC Davis for a 1:30 p.m. game Wednesday and then hosts the Stanford Invitational this weekend. Stanford is scheduled to meet Pacific and Bradley on Friday, with the first game slated for 2:30 p.m.
While Gerhart and White kept any Gaucho from reaching base, Cardinal freshman Hanna Winter was busy circling the bases all day. She had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice.
National Player of the Year Ashley Hansen hit a home run, drove in two and scored three runs for the Cardinal. Teagan Schmidt added a pinch hit two-run single.
No. 5 Stanford compiled a team score of 343.700 to finish behind No. 1 Oklahoma (351.600) and No. 7 California (349.400) Sunday at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.
Stanford's Jordan Nolff (15.300) captured the still rings title and the Cardinal maintained its dominance in vault, maintaining it's No. 1 national ranking with strong showings by Eddie Penev (15.500), Sean Senters (15.100) and Cale Robinson (14.900).
Catherine Swanson scored three goals but No. 6 Stanford fell to visiting No. 18 Ohio State, 14-10, on Sunday in a nonconference match.
"We didn't have the energy we need to start the game," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "I thought we came out strong in the second half, but we just couldn't sustain it."
Stanford was outscored, 7-4, in the first half as it was unable to control possession. The Buckeyes won nine of 12 draw controls in the half and outshot the Cardinal, 15-6.
The Cardinal scored the first three goals of the second half to tie the score as Emilie Boeri, Anna Boeri and Anna Kim each scored in the opening 2:38.
The Cardinal (0-2) travels to No. 20 Notre Dame next Sunday.
Stanford completed the weekend by winning its second-straight regional North Regatta on Sunday, while the Stanford women finished in second place.
The Cardinal women had a four-point lead after Saturday's first eight races, but USC combined to finish in the top-three in seven of 10 races while the Cardinal's seventh place finish in the 11th B division race and ninth place finish in the 13th race gave the Women of Troy the win with 79 points.
Stanford finished with 82 overall points with the A Division skippered by Sally Mace securing 36 points -- best in the division. Molly McKinney, skippering the B Division, scored 46 points, second to USC's 34.
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Posted by Joel, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Feb 13, 2012 at 11:16 am
Joel is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
The next match against St. Mary's is Tuesday the 21st @ 1:30. Great tennis.