Feb. 7, 2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 49 University of San Diego women's tennis team (1-2) fell to No. 5 Stanford (2-0) 5-2 Thursday evening.
In a match that lasted over four hours, the Toreros kept Stanford on its toes for the entire match, proving once again that they can hang with the elite programs in the country.
"We played the No. 5 team in the country for four hours and it was darn close," Head Coach Sherri Stephens said afterwards. "I'm really proud of them and I think we are just going to go up and up and up."
Stanford was able to take the doubles point after winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. The first match to finish was at No. 2 where Stanford's Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay defeated Marta Stojanovic and Anna Depenau 8-3. The Toreros followed that with a win at No. 1 where Shani Blecher and Laura Claus knocked off Kristie Ahn and Nicole Gibbs 8-6.
The doubles point came down to the No. 3. The Toreros' senior duo of Cara Brown and Stephanie Hoffpauir opened up a 4-2 lead, but couldn't hold on against Natalie Dillon and Krista Hardebeck and fell 8-5, giving the doubles point to the Cardinal.
Stanford was able to take the first two singles points, winning at the No. 3 and No. 1. Ahn cruised past Blecher 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 3, which was followed by Nicole Gibbs defeating Hoffpauir 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 1. Gibbs is the reigning national champion in both singles and doubles.
At the No. 5 Stojanovic earned a point for the Toreros, beating Tan 6-4, 7-6 (7-2). Depenau fell to No. 55 Ellen Tsay 6-0, 6-2 at the No. 4
Laura Claus had an incredible night against the No. 2 ranked player in the country Krista Hardebeck, but fell just short after winning the first set 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8).
The last match to finish was a hard-fought win for senior Cara Brown
at the No. 6. Brown won 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 over Natalie Dillon.
"The coach from Stanford came up to me afterwards and said `I don't want to play you guys again,'" Stephens said. "It gives us confidence to be able to go out and play against anyone."
The match was originally scheduled to be played Friday at noon, but was moved up a day due to expected rainfall on Friday.
The Toreros return to the court Saturday morning at 10:30 to face Coach Stephen's alma mater, the Arizona Wildcats. Live audio will be provided by radiotennis.com.
We played the No. 5 team in the country for four hours and it was darn close. I think
1. Blecher/Klaus (USD) def. Ahn/Gibbs (Stanford) 8-6
2. Tan/Tsay (Stanford) def. Stojanovic/Depenau (USD) 8-3
3. Dillon/Hardebeck (Stanford) def. Brown/Hoffpauir (USD) vs 8-5
Order of Finish: (2,1,3)
1. Nicole Gibbs (Stanford) def. Stephanie Hoffpauir (USD) 6-2, 6-2
2. No. 2 Krista Hardebeck (Stanford) def. Laura Claus (USD) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8)
3. Kristie Ahn (Stanford) def. Shani Blecher (USD) 6-2, 6-1
4. No. 55 Ellen Tsay (Stanford) def. Anna Depenau (USD) 6-0, 6-2
5. Marta Stojanovic (USD) def. Stacey Tan 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
6. Cara Brown (USD) def. Natalie Dillon 7-6 (7-4), 7-5
Order of Finish: (3,1,5,4,2,6)