The No. 12 Stanford women's tennis team upset top-ranked and defending champion Florida 4-3 Monday to advance to the finals of the NCAA championships in Urbana, Ill.
The Cardinal will play No. 3 Texas A&M for the title Tuesday. The Aggies defeated No. 7 UCLA 4-3. Nicole Gibbs, Kristie Ahn and Krista Hardebeck won singles matches for Stanford. Freshman Hardebeck won the clinching match, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 over Alexandra Cercone.
"In the third set, I could tell she was maybe getting a little tired," Hardebeck said. "I just told myself to really keep pressing. I knew that the longer I could keep her out here was going to be to my benefit. I knew once it got to 3-3, that I had a really good chance to outlast her."
Stanford will be seeking its 17th championship and its first since 2010. Florida had won the past two NCAA titles.
"We knew Florida, having played them already this year and in the previous postseasons," Stanford coach Lele Forood said. "We knew they were going to battle like no other in the singles. Nothing was going to be easy just because we had the doubles point. Nicole (Gibbs) played beautifully, just beautifully. I didn't get to see Kristie (Ahn), but she must have been pretty close to on top of her game. We battled as much as we could."
Stanford is the lowest-seeded team to reach the championship match since UCLA's runner-up finish also as a No. 12 seed in 2007.
San Jose State
The California State University board of trustees is expected to vote Tuesday on the proposed renovation of Spartan Stadium.
The price tag is listed at $38,577,000, per the CSU board of trustees meeting agenda. It will be paid for by private donations, about half of which has been raised.
The project includes a new 61,000-square foot building in the north end zone that will include new locker rooms, coaching staff offices, meetings rooms and a hall of fame.
If the project were to break ground, about 1,700 seats would be removed from the current north end zone and replaced with 1,350 premium and loge seats. There would be a new entry plaza, new ticket windows on the west side of the stadium and new concession stands and restrooms on the north side.
The proposed building is slated to be named the Vermeil-Walsh Athletic Complex, in honor of the school's two alumni who have won Super Bowls as head coaches, Dick Vermeil and Bill Walsh. It will also house sports medicine and athletic training space and an auditorium.
Washington's Chris Williams won the Ben Hogan Award as the nation's top collegiate golfer, edging fellow finalists Michael Kim of Cal and Julien Brun of TCU. The award was presented at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The voting is done by a selection committee made up of 23 leaders and experts in amateur, college and professional golf.
San Jose Giants
The San Jose Giants defeated the Inland Empire 66ers 5-1 in a California League game in San Bernardino.
Mac Williamson tripled and Angel Villalona doubled to spark a three-run second inning. Jeff Arnold added an RBI single in the third.
San Jose added a run in the seventh when Brock Bond tripled and scored on Shawn Payne's sacrifice fly.
Austin Fleet (4-1) allowed one run over six innings for the win. Josh Osich, Cody Hall and Hunter Strickland combined to allow only one hit and strike out six over the final three innings.
Staff writer Jimmy Durkin contributed to this report.