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Stanford tennis teams get down to business this week

Cardinal men head off to national indoors while women open three-match homestand

The Stanford men's and women's tennis teams head into this week with identical 4-0 records, but their schedules won't be the same as both head off in different directions.

With rain scheduled on and off this week, the Cardinal men will remain dry as they compete at the ITA National Indoor Championships. The Stanford women, meanwhile, will open up a homestand this week and may have to dodge some raindrops.

The No. 9 nationally ranked men focus their attention on tournament play, squaring off against No. 8 Texas on Friday morning at the ITA indoor nationals in Charlottesville, Va. The Cardinal reached the round of 16 after defeating No. 57 UNC Wilmington and No. 45 Oklahoma two weeks ago at home during ITA Kick-Off Weekend.

Of the 15 No. 1 seeds participating in the second-annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend competition, 13 advanced to this weekend's action. Seeded No. 11 in last year's tourney, Stanford knocked off No. 7 Florida and No. 2 Texas before falling to No. 3 Georgia, 4-2, in the semifinals.

Five consecutive home matches -- including California, UCLA and USC -- await the Stanford men following this week's tournament.

Bradley Klahn is riding a nine-match winning streak dating to Nov. 6, pacing the Cardinal with an 18-2 overall record and 4-0 mark in duals.

The No. 14-ranked Stanford women kick off a stretch that includes three straight home matches, beginning with Thursday's contest against No. 59 Sacramento State.

Playing any match on The Farm has been a welcomed sight for Stanford, which extended its home winning streak at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium to a remarkable 153 in a row (123 in the regular season) following a 7-0 shutout of UC Davis last Tuesday.

That's the longest active home winning streak of any intercollegiate sport in NCAA Division I athletics. The last time the Cardinal lost a home match was back on Feb. 27, 1999, when No. 4 California pulled a 5-4 upset.

Stanford should be playing with confidence anyway, fresh off a road trip sweep of No. 24 TCU and No. 27 Texas over the weekend. The Cardinal turned away TCU, 6-1, then dispatched of the Longhorns, 5-2, the following afternoon.

Through four matches, the Cardinal has received strong doubles play. The nation's No. 2 duo of Hilary Barte and Lindsay Burdette has won 16 consecutive matches, sitting at 17-1 overall and 5-0 in duals.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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