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Stanford tennis teams use Pac-10s as their final NCAA tuneups

 

With their respective NCAA tournaments getting under way in just two weeks, the Stanford men's and women's tennis teams will make their final tuneups at the Pac-10 Championships that begin Thursday in Ojai. The four-day tourney will provide a golden opportunity for at least two Stanford players.

Stanford junior Bradley Klahn and Cardinal senior Hilary Barte have a little unfinished business to take care of this weekend. Both lost in their respective singles finals at last season's Pac-10s.

Klahn fell in the finals to USC's Robert Farrah, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) while Barte dropped a 6-4, 7-5 decision to Yasmin Schnack of UCLA. Barte and partner Lindsay Burdette also lost in the doubles finale.

Klahn heads into this week's conference event ranked No. 9 in the country while Barte comes in No. 3. Barte and sophomore Mallory Burdette are ranked No. 2 nationally in doubles, the same ranking that Klahn and Ryan Thacher earned in this week's Campbell/ITA College Tennis Ranking.

Both Stanford teams are ranked higher this season than last prior to Pac-10s. The men, No. 7 last season, are No. 6 after moving up two spots. The women, No. 9 at this point last year, are No. 1 with a 23-0 mark.

Barte and Burdette head into Pac-10s after suffering upsets at the No. 1 and 2 singles positions during an 8-4 exhibition victory over the USTA Junior National Team last Friday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Barte dropped a 6-4, 7-5 decision to Krista Hardebeck, the nation's No. 1-ranked junior from Santa Ana. Hardebeck has narrowed her college choices down to Stanford, Cal, USC and UCLA.

Burdette, meanwhile, lost a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) match to 14-year-old Gabby Andrews, an eighth-grader from Pomona.

Women's golf

Stanford sophomores Kristina Wong and Sally Watson both earned All-Pac-10 Conference honors on Tuesday, as Wong was named to the second team while Watson picked up honorable mention accolades.

Wong leads Stanford in stroke average and has five top-10 finishes to her credit this season. She placed in the top-5 in five consecutive events before placing 19th at last week's Pac-10 Championships.

Watson, a second team honoree last season, has carved out a 74.4 stroke average in her nine events this season, with her best showing coming at the 36-hole Peg Barnard Invitational, where she finished tied for fourth. She also finished 12th at the Pac-10 Championships in Tempe.

Softball

Ashley Hansen collected four hits, including a home run, and drove in a pair of runs as Stanford beat host UC Davis, 6-0, in a nonconference game Tuesday night.

Teagan Gerhart and Ashley Chinn combined on a two-hitter. The pitchers combined to strike out six and did not walk a batter.

The Cardinal (33-10) host Washington in a Pac-10 series beginning Friday night.

Baseball

Stephen Piscotty had two hits and drove in a run and Zach Jones added an RBI double but Stanford fell to host St. Mary's, 3-2, in a nonconference game Tuesday night.

The loss was Stanford's first in a mid-week game after nine straight wins.

The Cardinal (20-14) hopes for a better result this weekend when it travels to Tempe for a three-game Pac-10 series with Arizona State beginning Friday night.

Women's lacrosse

The Cardinal opens the postseason this weekend with the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament.

Stanford (14-2, 6-0 MPSF) is the top seed and will be looking to secure the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament by winning a pair of games.

Stanford faces California (9-7, 3-3 MPSF) in the semifinals on Friday at 1 p.m. If it advances, Stanford would take on the winner of Denver (7-10, 5-1 MPSF) and Oregon (7-8, 4-2 MPSF) in the final that will take place on Sunday, May 1, also at 1 p.m.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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