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A strong Stanford presence in the quarterfinals

 

The Stanford men's and women's tennis teams didn't bring home team titles at the NCAA Championships this week, but the Cardinal squads are doing their best to earn some hardware after four women and two men advanced to the next round of individual competition on Friday at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

The women's singles quarterfinals on Saturday will feature three Stanford participants, as Hilary Barte, Nicole Gibbs and Stacey Tan all posted victories in their matches on Friday afternoon.

Once again dominating her opponent, the No. 3-seeded Barte easily cruised past Maria Mosolova, 6-3, 6-2, in the Round of 16 for her ninth consecutive victory. During that stretch, she has

surrendered only six games or fewer combined in each match.

Tan also won her match in straight sets, edging Aeriel Ellis of Texas, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) in her Round of 16 contest. Tan will face Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, Gibbs reached the quarters with a gutty 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-3) victory over Allie Will of Florida. The Cardinal freshman notched her team-leading 45th win of the season, this time besting Will, the nation's sixth-ranked player.

Gibbs' victory sets up an all-Stanford quarterfinal matchup on Saturday against Barte.

In doubles action, Barte and Mallory Burdette rolled into the quarterfinals by taking down Arizona State's Micaela Hein and Kelcy McKenna, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Barte and Burdette square off against Georgia's Kate Fuller and Chelsey Gullickson tomorrow at 4 p.m.

In the men's competition, juniors Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher continued to roll through the draw and are set to compete in Saturday's quarterfinal round.

Klahn won his third singles match of the tourney, notching a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over North Carolina's Jose Hernandez in Friday's Round of 16. Tested for really the first time in three days, Klahn won in three sets and will face Tennessee's Rhyne Williams on Saturday at noon.

In doubles, Klahn and Thacher downed Tulsa's Clifford Marsland and Ashley Watling, 7-5, 6-1. The third-ranked Cardinal duo now faces Florida State's Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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