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Women’s tennis blanks Oregon in eleventh straight win
Freshman Emily Arbuthnott earned her 13th straight dual win in Friday's shutout. Arbuthnott, along with fellow freshman Emma Higuchi, has not yet lost a dual match this season. (SHIRLEY PEFLEY/isiphotos.com)

Women’s tennis blanks Oregon in eleventh straight win

No. 10 women’s tennis (15-1, 7-0 Pac-12) made quick work of No. 37 Oregon (11-8, 4-3) this Friday in Eugene, as the Cardinal swept the Ducks to claim their season-high eleventh win in a row.

Stanford started by sweeping the doubles thanks to two 6-4 wins on Courts 2 and 3. Freshman Emma Higuchi and sophomore Caroline Lampl finished first on Court 3, just before sophomore Melissa Lord and senior Caroline Doyle at the No. 2 spot. Stanford had not lost a game after clinching the doubles point since April 3, 2016, and this dual was no exception.

Higuchi quickly doubled the Cardinal lead thanks to an easy 6-1, 6-0 win at the No. 6 spot. This victory marks Higuchi’s team-high 25th single success this season, while it is her 12th consecutive.

Lampl put the Cardinal one point away from victory thanks to a straight-sets 7-5, 6-1 victory on Court 4, and senior Taylor Davidson clinched the dual at the No. 3 spot in her first appearance in the lineup since March 18.

As the singles continued, Lord added another point to the scoreboard as she finished her game with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory on court 2. Lord is currently the Cardinal’s highest ranked player, checking in at No. 19 nationally.

After two tight sets, freshman Emily Arbuthnott edged Oregon’s Marlou Kluiving 6-4, 7-6 (8), clinching her team-high 13th in a row. Doyle completed the sweep on Court 1 after her 17th career win in three setters, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.

With four matches left in the regular season, Stanford is riding its longest streak since 2014 when the Cardinal had won 13 in a row. Since its only loss of the season in Florida and its drop in the national rankings, Stanford have showed resilience and gained a lot of confidence as they swept 5 of their last eleven duals, bolstered by team depth and decisive performances throughout the lineup.

The Cardinal will have another opportunity to extend their streak next Wednesday when they travel to Pepperdine.

 

Contact Alexandre Bucquet at bucqueta ‘at’ stanford.edu.