STANFORD, Calif. - The Saint Mary's women's tennis team put up a tough fight against another top-25 opponent, but eventually the Gaels dropped a 6-1 match on the road to No. 1 Stanford. No. 36 Saint Mary's battled in doubles play and got a win in singles action, but it was not enough against a deep Cardinal team.
The Gaels fall to 3-3 with the loss, while Stanford improves to a perfect 5-0 on the season.
Saint Mary's was not going to back down to the Cardinal from the get-go. After Stanford got a quick doubles win on court three, the were Gaels were up for a battle on the top two courts. Junior Catherine Isip and freshman Elizabeth Searl put up a fight on court one against the No. 1 doubles duo in the country, but eventually fell 8-4.
Stanford proved to be too deep for the Gaels in singles play, with ranked players on four of six courts. The highlight of the day for SMC came on court six, where Carla Lindlar put on a dominating performance against Amelia Herring and defeated her Cardinal opponent 6-1, 6-2.
The Gaels will return to action this weekend when they head to Seattle for a pair of matches. SMC will play No. 48 San Diego State on Saturday, February 28 before taking on No. 27 Washington the following day.