Top-ranked Stanford women’s tennis (1-0) rolled past San Jose State (1-1) on the road this Saturday. The Cardinal closed out their first dual of the season with a 6-1 win in the teams’ first face-off in thirty years.
This year was the first time Stanford opened its regular season on the road since 2001, but it didn’t stop the Cardinal from quickly clinching the doubles point after a pair of 6-1 wins from junior pair Caroline Lampl and Kimberly Yee and freshman Janice Shin and sophomore Emma Higuchi. On court one, sophomore Emily Arbuthnott and freshman Michaela Gordon did not have a chance to close out their set but were ahead 4-3.
Shin carried the momentum to singles play. She was the first one to finish as she closed out her match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. Lampl, Stanford’s next finisher, was also close to blanking her opponent as she succeeded 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 3 spot.
Higuchi was the clincher for the Cardinal, providing the team’s fourth point thanks to a 6-1, 6-2 win on court four. Gordon and Arbuthnott followed with straight sets wins of their own, 6-4, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-4 respectively.
The action on court six lasted a little longer, and SJSU’s Savannah Sendar eventually edged Yee in a first-set tiebreaker before taking the second one 6-2 to make the final score 6-1.
Stanford hits the road again next week as the squad heads east for a dual match at Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Contact Alexandre Bucquet at bucqueta ‘at’ stanford.edu.