The eighth-ranked Stanford women's tennis team opened its dual meet season on a successful note, downing visiting Princeton, 6-1, in a nonconference match Thursday.
The Cardinal host St. Mary's at 2 p.m. Friday in another nonconference match. The Tigers (0-3), coached by former Stanford great Laura Granville, will play at St. Mary's on Saturday.
No. 1 singles player Carol Zhao clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over last year's Ivy League Player of the Year Lindsay Graff.
Ellen Tsay and Caroline Doyle clinched the doubles point at the No. 2 spot in a tie-breaker, 7-6 (5).
The sophomore trio of Doyle, Zhao and Taylor Davidson dropped five games combined en route to straight-set wins.
Krista Hardebeck and Tsay also won in singles to round out the scoring.
No. 13 Stanford fell, 27-25, 25-22, 25-21, to 9 UCLA in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Thursday.
The Cardinal (2-3 MPSF, 3-5 overall) travels to UC Santa Barbara for a match on Saturday.
The Bruins held Stanford to a .165 attack percentage while posting a .245 clip. UCLA also won the blocking battle, 10-7, and the serve and pass game with eight aces to just three by the Cardinal.
"UCLA did a nice job getting its blockers in place and slowing us down tonight," Stanford coach John Kosty said.
Redshirt freshman Clay Jones was a bright spot for Stanford. The opposite hitter recorded a career-best 16 kills and a hitting percentage of .520. Jones was successful on his first 10 attacks. He added seven digs and an ace.
"I thought Clay had a great match for us tonight," said Kosty. "I think he portrayed how we have to play every night. He was physical and came in and played within himself. He did a nice job out there."
Junior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski finished with seven kills on .357 hitting and two blocks. Junior setter James Shaw posted 25 assists, six digs and three kills.