Stanford, the third overall seed, welcomes New Mexico State, Syracuse and Wisconsin to the friendly confines in its bid to defend its national title.
The Cardinal (22-1) opens with New Mexico State (15-9) at noon Saturday. Syracuse (13-12) and Wisconsin (18-5) meet at 9 a.m.
The winners meet in the second round on Sunday, also at noon. Stanford has won 59 of its last 62 matches on their home court.
Should Stanford find itself in a tight match, it can take solace if Emily Arbuthnott is the deciding. The junior is arguably Stanford's top clutch performer with a 21-4 mark all-time in three-setters She leads the team with eight clinchers this season.
Count Michaela Gordon, Emma Higuchi and Caroline Lampl among those with ther toughness to deliver in tight spots. They've combined for another nine clinchers.
When it comes to three-set victories, Melissa Lord is 4-0 this year and 20-8 all-time. Higuchi has won six of her seven career three-setters.
In overall singles play, there are eight players on the roster with winning marks this year, led by Arbuthnott's 30-5 (17-2 in duals). Lampl owns a 27-6 overall record, including 18-0 in dual matches.
Janice Shin (25-5, 15-3), Lord (23-8, 16-3), Higuchi (22-6, 13-4) and Gordon (21-9, 13-4) each have 20-plus wins.
Sacred Heart Prep grad Sara Choy and fellow freshman Niluka Madurawe have also added successful starts to the equation. Choy is 12-4 overall, 1-1 in duals. Madurawe is 16-2, 2-0.
Madurawe has made her mark in doubles play, with Lord. The duo matches Arbuthnott and Gordon, each with an 18-5 overall record. Lord and Madurawe are 16-4 in duals while Arbuthnott and Gordon are 13-2. Lampl and Kimberly Yee are 16-10, 10-6 iun doubles. Choy is 7-4, playing with three different partners.
The most decorated program in college history and the winningest program on The Farm, Stanford has won 19 of the possible 37 NCAA championships. Stanford owns a 153-19 all-time record in the postseason since the tournament went to its present format in 1982. The Cardinal has won 20 national titles overall, also claiming the 1978 AIAW crown.
Taube Family Tennis Stadium will also serve as a host site on the men's side. All seats are general admission. Single-day tickets are $8 (adult) and $5 (student/youth/senior). Tickets are on sale and the box office will open 30 minutes before the first event on each day.
Stanford, which is 44-5 during the month of May since 2010, enters the postseason riding a 17-match winning streak. The Cardinal defeated UCLA 4-2 last weekend to capture its fourth straight Pac-12 crown, representing its longest conference title stretch since a 21-year stranglehold on the Pac-10 from 1988-2008.
Despite Stanford's profile, this is only the second time over the past 11 years that the Cardinal has entered NCAA's seeded higher than No. 5 (the Cardinal was No. 1 in 2011).
Remarkably, Stanford has won its last four NCAA championships as a No. 8 seed or lower. Last spring, No. 15 Stanford duplicated its 2016 NCAA title run as the lowest-seeded team to win an NCAA championship. In 2013, Stanford won it all as a No. 12 seed. In 2010, the Cardinal claimed the crown as a No. 8 seed.
NCAA first and second round competition features four teams playing in a single-elimination format.
In a format change this year, the winner of each site advances to super regional competition next weekend, with two teams playing in a single-elimination format at the higher seed's campus. Super regional winners advance to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla, where eight teams will compete for the national championship May 17-19.
Stanford earned the No. 12 overall seed for the NCAA championships and will face Fresno State at Taube Family Tennis Stadium in the tournament's first round Friday at 2 p.m.
Texas Tech and UC Santa Barbara will also travel to The Farm for a first-round contest and will meet at 11 a.m. The winners face off Saturday at 3 p.m.
Stanford and Fresno State, the Mountain West Conference champions, have met 19 times previously. The Cardinal owns an 18-1 all-time record against the Bulldogs. The two teams have met twice previously in the NCAAs, with Stanford earning a 4-0 victory in the second round in 2003 and posting a 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs in the first round in 1994.
The Cardinal owns a 12-0 all-time record against UC Santa Barbara and a 2-0 all-time mark against Texas Tech.
Stanford received its 12th consecutive and 40th all-time NCAA bid. Under the direction of fifth-year coach Paul Goldstein, the Cardinal has a 17-6 mark in NCAA play.
Sameer Kumar and Timothy Sah each have 20 wins in singles play to lead the Cardinal. Alexandre Rotsaert is next with 19, followed by Axel Geller (17) and William Genesen (16).
The doubles team of Kumar and Sah are 14-8 (12-7 in duals) and Geller and Rotsaert are 13-6 (10-5).
The Cardinal has been ranked in the top-15 in the ITA poll all season and enters the weekend at No. 14. Stanford reached the semifinals of the Pac-12 Championships this past weekend, dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 8 USC. Five of Stanford's six defeats have been to teams in the top-13 of the latest ITA poll.
Stanford owns a 109-24 all-time record in the NCAAs, winning 17 national titles overall, but none since 2000. The Cardinal lost in the second round last season.
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