Posted: Mar 07, 2019
STANFORD, Calif. – Maddie Pothoff defeated No. 22-ranked Michaela Gordon in three sets but Santa Clara women's tennis lost 6-1 to No. 4 Stanford on Thursday in a rescheduled nonconference match.
Santa Clara (3-6) pushed the defending national champions on courts one and two of singles play but fell to the deep Stanford lineup comprised of four doubles teams ranked in the top-36 and eight singles players ranked in the top-106 of the ITA Division I rankings.
Pothoff defeated the highest of the ranked singles player in Gordon, 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11-9).
On court two, Elvena Gevargiz took Melissa Lord, the No. 41-ranked singles player, to two tiebreak sets before falling, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4).
Stanford (7-1) won the first six points of the match with the match clincher on court four when No. 63 Emma Higuchi beat Katya Tabachnik 6-3, 6-2.
The doubles point was clinched by Niluka Madurawe and Janice Shin, the only non-ranked team or player in the Cardinal lineup, over Nadine Del Carmen and Jamie Schroer 6-1 on court three.
The match was originally set to take place back on Feb. 15 but was postponed due to rain.
The Broncos hosts Grand Canyon on Saturday for a 10 a.m. first serve.
No. 4 Stanford 6, Santa Clara 1
1) No. 11 Caroline Lampl/Kimberly Yee (STAN) led Gevargiz/Pothoff (SCU) 5-2, unfinished
2) No. 20 Emily Arbuthnott/Gordon (STAN) d. Frankel/Tabachnik (SCU) 6-2
3) Madurawe/Shin (STAN) d. Del Carmen/Schroer (SCU) 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 3
1) Maddie Pothoff (SCU) d. No. 22 Michaela Gordon (STAN) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (11)
2) No. 41 Melissa Lord (STAN) d. Elvena Gevargiz (SCU) 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
3) No. 55 Janice Shin (STAN) d. Jamie Schroer (SCU) 6-1, 6-2
4) No. 63 Emma Higuchi (STAN) d. Katya Tabachnik (SCU) 6-3, 6-2
5) No. 94 Sara Choy (STAN) d. Caitlyn Frankel (SCU) 6-3, 6-2
6) No. 106 Niluka Madurawe (STAN) d. Nadine Del Carmen (SCU) 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1