NCAA tennis: Stanford victorious

URBANA — The Stanford women’s tennis team was jacked up Tuesday night after beating Texas A&M 4-3 to win the 17th national title in program history.

Especially because they get to visit President Obama at the White House now.

“We’re a bunch of nerds,” Stanford junior Kristie Ahn said after she clinched the match with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 victory against Cristina Stancu at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. “We love politics. I cannot tell you the amount of dinner conversations we have that (have) too much substance. Sometimes I’m like, ‘Why can’t we talk about nothing or tennis?’ There’s a lot of big personalities (who have) a lot of opinions, and it’s really cool to see that.”

Stanford coach Lele Forood was a little chilly after the Cardinal dumped a bucket of water on her after the match.

“It’s been a little bit of an interval for us,” said Forood, who won her seventh national title in 13 seasons and first since 2010. “For Kristie Ahn to clinch, it’s just poetic justice because she’s been the missing player for us the last two years.”

Ahn has dealt with ankle, quadriceps, neck, foot and leg injuries in that time span.

She had little voice left Tuesday night. It’s an ailment Ahn can cope with.
“From my freshman year, I’ve wanted this moment,” she said. “To play and to clinch makes it that much better.”

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