The No. 1 Stanford women’s tennis team opens spring competition this weekend at a pair of tournaments, with a split squad participating at the NCTC Classic in Indian Wells and the Freeman Memorial Championships in Las Vegas.
Emily Arbuthnott, Michaela Gordon, Emma Higuchi and Janice Shin will be competing at the NCTC Classic.
Caroline Lampl, Naomie Rosenberg, Castilleja grad Paulette Wolak, Menlo School grad Elizabeth Yao and Kimberly Yee, a Las Vegas resident, are headed to the Freeman Memorial Championships.
Stanford boasts four nationally-ranked singles players in Gordon (13), Arbuthnott (22), Melissa Lord (34) and Lampl (69). Arbuthnott finished the fall season at 9-3 overall while Gordon concluded the first half at 8-1 overall, with Gordon defeating Arbuthnott to capture the ITA Northwest Regional Championships.
The Cardinal’s most productive doubles team in the fall was Arbuthnott and Gordon, compiling an 8-1 record and winning the doubles crown at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.
Stanford produced a successful 2016-17 campaign, highlighted by both team and individual accomplishments. The most decorated program in women’s college tennis with 19 national championships (18 NCAA, 1 AIAW), Stanford produced a runner-up finish, falling 4-1 to Florida and coming up one step short in its bid to repeat as NCAA champions. The Gators were responsible for two of the Cardinal’s three losses.
The Cardinal, which improved to 147-19 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, reached the national final despite being seeded No. 7, strung together a pair of 11-match winning streaks and maintained a spot among the nation’s top-15 for the majority of the season.
Tom Fawcett and Stanford compete at the Sherwood Cup in Thousand Oaks beginning Friday. Fawcett, the Cardinal’s top player last season, is the reigning Pac-12 Singles Player of the Year. He helped Stanford (18-9 last year) reach the Round of 16 at last year’s NCAA tournament in Athens, GA.
Fawcett and David Wilczynski are the only seniors on the team. Wilczynski won 18 of his 27 matches a year ago and earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors twice.
Juniors William Genesen and Sameer Kumar will also be counted upon as the Cardinal look to continue its steady improvement since Paul Goldstein rook over as coach.
Sophomores Jack Barber, who used a redshirt year, Nikita Demir and William Genesen are joined by freshmen Timothy Sah, Sam Turchetta and Axel Geller help give the Cardinal one of its deeper teams in recent history.
Sah arrives at Stanford as a top 10 recruit and a reputation for being one of the most composed players in the game.
“His rankings have always been pretty close to the top, even at 12s,” USTA coach Steve Adamson said when Sah won the Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award in September. “It’s nice for me to coach somebody who wins and is a super nice guy at the same time.”
Sah said once his application went through at Stanford and he received a scholarship offer, “it was almost impossible to turn it down.”
Said Goldstein: “Timmy is going to thrive here and we’re so excited.”