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Stanford women tame the Mustangs in tennis match

 

The top-ranked Stanford women's tennis team continued its home dominance, beating visiting Southern Methodist, 7-0, in a nonconference match Thursday.

The Cardinal (5-0) recorded its third shutout of the season and extended its home winning streak to an NCAA record (of any Division I sport) 169, a streak that dates to February of 1999.

Stanford travels to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, VA next weekend and will compete with 16 of the top 25 teams.

The draw will take place Feb. 15, after next week's rankings are released. The Cardinal will likely earn the No. 1 seed and, if the current rankings hold, will meet the host Cavaliers, ranked 25th, in the Round of 16.

Stanford is one of four Pac-10 teams that will compete in the tournament. No. 5 California, No. 7 UCLA and No. 23 Washington also advanced. The top 11 teams in the current poll will all participate.

Against the Mustangs, all three Cardinal doubles team recorded an identical 8-2 victory, with Veronica Li and Carolyn McVeigh clinching the doubles point.

Freshman Kristie Ahn and McVeigh won their singles matches in straight sets and Stacey Tan secured the win with a 6-4, 7-6 (7) win over SMU's Aleksandra Malyarchikova at No. 5 singles.

Softball

Stanford junior infielder Ashley Hansen was named a preseason first team All-American by ESPN.com on Thursday.

Hansen is one of five Pac-10 Conference players named to the first team, and one of seven league players on either the first or second team.

Hansen is a two-time All-Pac-10 Conference selection and was an All-American and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2009.

She led the nation with seven sacrifice flies last season and was second in the Pac-10 with 18 doubles.

Hansen is the leading returner for the Cardinal in batting average (.337), hits (59), runs (42), walks (23) and on-base percentage (.411).

Stanford opens the season Friday with a doubleheader against Cal State Northridge and North Texas at the Kajiwaka Classic in Tempe, AZ.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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