MORAGA, Calif. -- Two West Coast Conference wins and a win over Cal Poly have the Saint Mary's women's tennis team riding some serious momentum.
Next up is one of the toughest tests the No. 45-ranked Gaels will face all season, as they travel Saturday to face No. 7 Stanford at Taube Family Tennis Center.
Saint Mary's (4-3) has been on its game lately, winning at Portland and Gonzaga before notching a 4-0 win over the Mustangs in the Gaels' first home match of the season.
At the top of the lineup, No. 1 singles player Jenny Jullien has been as consistent as they come for Saint Mary's. She enters Saturday's match with a 7-1 record, and recently moved up 60 spots in the ITA national rankings to No. 24.
The rest of the singles lineup has produced lately as well, with Catherine Isip going 3-0 last week at No. 2 to help lead the way.
Danielle Flores, Jade Frampton, Catherine Leduc and Audrey Leitz have most often formed the rest of the lineup, and will look to continue their good play as well.
After some lineup changes early in the season, the Gaels have come on lately in doubles. They earned the doubles point in all three matches last week, with the teams of Jullien and Flores, Isip and Elizabeth Searl and Frampton and Leitz all contributing victories.
Stanford (3-0) has gotten off to its own good start, beating WCC teams Pepperdine and San Diego last week.
The Cardinal are particularly strong at the top of the lineup, where freshman Krista Hardebeck, plays No. 2 despite being ranked No. 10 in the country.
Hardebeck can play No. 2 because of the return of Nicole Gibbs to occupy the No. 1 spot. Unranked to begin the season because she did not play in the fall due to injury, Gibbs is the defending NCAA champion in both singles and doubles.
Saturday's match is the first of a tough double Saint Mary's will tackle over the next two weeks. On Feb. 23, No. 3-ranked UCLA visits Moraga to take on the Gaels. That match is scheduled to start at noon.