Stanford remains a safe haven for women's tennis

15th-seeded Cardinal softball to host a regional this weekend

The top-seeded Stanford women's tennis team played at near full strength Sunday, which resulted in a 4-0 victory over visiting Pepperdine in the second round of the NCAA team tournament.

The defending national champion Cardinal (25-0) advances into the Round of 16, which begins Friday, also at Taube Family Tennis Center. Stanford meets 16th-seeded Northwestern (22-7) at 6 p.m. No. 8 Georgia (18-4) and No. 9 California (18-6) also plays at 6 p.m. with the winners squaring off next Sunday in the quarterfinals.

UCLA also advanced into the Round of 16. The Bears beat USC, 4-1, to advance. Arizona State lost to Georgia Tech, 4-1 and North Carolina downed Washington by the same score.

The Bruins (20-5) and Virginia (20-7) open play Friday at 9 a.m. The Yellow Jackets (15-10) also plays at 9 a.m., taking on Duke (24-4).

Michigan (24-4) and Miami (20-6), along with Clemson (21-10) and Florida (27-1), play at noon, followed at 3 p.m. by the Tar Heels (25-5) and Vanderbilt (17-8) and Baylor (27-3) and SMU (23-5).

Stanford dodged the rain as much as the Waves, waiting out two delays to capture the doubles title.

Veronica Li won at No. 5 singles and Hilary Barte beat Arianna Colffer, 6-2, 6-1, at the top of the ladder before Nicole Gibbs beat Ale Granillo, 6-2, 6-3, to complete the sweep.

Stacey Tan returned to action after missing Saturday's match due to a slight injury suffered during warmups. She was up a set and had two games in hand in the second set when play was halted.

The Cardinal won its 44th straight match and its 181st straight at home.

Softball .

Stanford was awarded an at-large bid to the NCAA championship Sunday and named the No. 15 overall seed.

The Cardinal (38-15) will host a regional for the sixth time since 2001 and will open against Pacific (37-17) on Friday. Nebraska (39-12) and Fresno State (34-17) meet in another first round game in the double-elimination format.

Stanford is in the tournament for the 14th consecutive year and has won six regional titles, making appearances in the Women's College World Series in 2001 and 2004.

Stanford beat Pacific, 6-1, earlier this season in Stockton. The Cardinal is 21-10 all-time versus the Tigers. Stanford is 12-7 all-time against Fresno State and 4-4 against Nebraska.

Arizona State, the Pac-10 champions, was named the overall No. 1 seed in the tournament and the conference had seven of its eight teams selected.

The winner of the Stanford regional travels to the winner of the Tuscaloosa regional in a Super Regional beginning May 27. The Tuscaloosa Regional includes No. 2 seed Alabama, Jackson State, Memphis and Chattanooga.

Stanford is 18-6 at home this season, with three wins over top-25 teams coming on its home field. The Cardinal is 14-14 against the field.


Stanford tied the score in the top of the seventh only to give it away in the bottom of the inning, resulting in a 6-5 setback to host Oregon in a Pac-10 game Sunday.

The Cardinal (10-11, 28-18) will look to rebound Tuesday when it hosts USF in a nonconference game at 5:30 p.m.

Tyler Gaffney had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for Stanford, which lost 2 of 3 to the Ducks after a six-game winning streak.

Kenny Diekroeger had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Cardinal.

Women's crew

The Stanford II Eight won its second straight Pac-10 gold medal to highlight the Cardinal second-place team finish in Sunday's Pac-10 Championships at Lake Natoma.

The Cardinal I Eight took the silver medal for the second consecutive year.

Stanford had 34 points to claim second place. California won the team title with 43 1/2 points and was followed by USC (30 1/2), Washington (25 1/2), Washington State (24), UCLA (14 1/2) and Oregon State (10).

Stanford waits to hear if it will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 27-29, also at Lake Natoma.

Men's crew

Stanford won a pair of bronze medals during Sunday's Pac-10 Championships at Lake Natoma.

The Cardinal next competes at the IRA National Championships, scheduled for June 2-4 in Cherry Hill, N.J.

"Earning medals in two events, while having the best race of the year in the Novice Eight gives us positive momentum as we head east for the IRA Men's Championships," Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian said.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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