Stanford sophomore Carol Zhao fell one step short in her bid for an NCAA singles crown, falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to North Carolina's Jamie Loeb on Monday afternoon at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Trailing 4-2 in the second set, Zhao managed to force a third set for the second straight day. However, Loeb won five games in a row after a 1-1 start to secure the title.
Zhao had entered Monday's contest with an 11-1 career record in three-set matches, including a 9-1 mark this season.
Zhao was seeking to become Stanford's first NCAA singles champion since Nicole Gibbs in 2013. The Cardinal has produced 16 all-time collegiate singles champions (14 NCAA, 2 AIAW).
An All-American for the second consecutive season, Zhao had won 15 in a row since her last loss on March 22 against USC's Sabrina Santamaria.
Zhao concludes her sophomore season at 35-5 overall, 21-2 in duals (all at the No. 1 spot), 14-3 in tournament play and 22-3 against nationally-ranked opponents.