The possibility of an all-Stanford singles championship match still exists, as freshman Nicole Gibbs and sophomore Stacey Tan are through to the singles semifinals of the NCAA Tennis Championships at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Gibbs and Tan each recorded quarterfinal wins on Saturday to continue their impressive tournament runs. The players are on opposite sides of the bracket and, with one more victory, could square off Monday afternoon in the first all-Stanford NCAA title match since Laura Granville defeated Lauren Kalvaria 10 years ago in Stone Mountain, Ga.
Gibbs already has some experience facing a teammate, knocking off senior Hilary Barte, 6-4, 6-1, on Saturday.
The 18th-ranked Gibbs increased her team-leading overall record to 46-5, winning her ninth straight match and eliminating her second top-10 opponent in as many days. She won a three-set match from over No. 7 Allie Will of Florida.
Ranked third nationally and seeded No. 3 in the postseason draw, Barte finished her senior season at 33-6 in singles and her career with a 136-29 record. A four-time All-American in both singles and doubles, Barte had won nine straight matches entering Saturday, surrendering six games or fewer in each of those contests.
Gibbs faces yet another top-10 foe on Sunday at noon, meeting No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Jana Juricova of California.
Tan grinded out a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Baylor's Nina Secerbegovic in her quarterfinal match. After winning her second three-set match of the tourney, Tan is now 11-2 in such matches this year. Playing primarily at the Nos. 4 and 5 spots of Stanford's stacked singles lineup, the 43rd-ranked Tan is now 31-9 overall.
Tan meets Florida's Lauren Embree, who clinched the Gators' national team title, on Sunday at 1 p.m.
In doubles, the third-ranked tandem of Barte and Mallory Burdette continued to cruise through the draw, moving into Sunday's semifinals. Barte and Burdette edged Georgia's Kate Fuller and Chelsey Gullickson 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Saturday, improving to 28-6 overall and winning their 13th consecutive match dating back to March 26.
Barte and Burdette face a familiar opponent on Sunday, hooking up with the nation's No. 1-ranked and top-seeded team of Juricova and Mari Andersson from California.
Juniors Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher remain in contention for a national championship in doubles at the NCAA Tennis Championships, thanks to a hard-fought three-set victory on Saturday.
The nation's third-ranked doubles team, Klahn and Thacher outlasted Florida State's No. 13 duo of Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Klahn and Thacher improved to 42-7 overall with the win.
Earlier in the afternoon, Klahn dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to third-ranked Rhyne Williams of Tennessee in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA singles tournament. It was only the second loss over the last two months for Klahn, who was attempting to defend his NCAA singles crown.
Instead, the ninth-ranked Klahn completed his season with a team-best 36-11 record.