Stanford women top Gators to win National Team Indoor tennis title


Stacey Tan recorded a thrilling three-set victory over Alex Cercone at No. 4 singles to help the top-ranked Stanford women's tennis team win its first ITA National Team Indoor Championship in five years, beating second-ranked Florida, 4-2, Monday in Charlottesville, VA.

The 87th-ranked Tan fought from a deficit in the first set to win, 7-5 before falling, 6-3, in the second set. Tan outlasted the 40th-ranked Cercone, 6-4, in the third set.

Tan's victory meant Hilary Barte's battle with seventh-ranked Allie Will went for naught. The third-ranked Barte was leading in the third set tie-breaker when Tan recorded the winner.

It was a rematch of last spring's NCAA championship match, in which Stanford beat the Gators, 4-3. Sunday's match was similarly close as Florida won the first set in three matches.

Stanford last won the ITA in 2006, beating Texas. Florida reached its ITA final since 2003. Florida's mark against Stanford in the National Team Indoor championships fell to 7-3. The Cardinal lead the overall series, 16-11.

Stanford won the doubles point, but Florida took a 2-1 lead during singles play. Kristie Ahn beat Sofie Oyen at No. 3 singles to even the score and fellow freshman Nicole Gibbs topped Joanna Mather, 7-6 (2), 6-3 to put the Cardinal ahead. Gibbs ranked 21st nationally, while Mather ranks 19th.

The Cardinal hosts Oregon on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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