Stanford takes NCAA women’s tennis title 

click to enlarge Stanford's Nicole Gibbs reacts after defeating Texas A&M's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar during their match at the women's NCAA college tennis team championship at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex Tuesday, May 21, 2013 on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
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  • Stanford's Nicole Gibbs reacts after defeating Texas A&M's Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar during their match at the women's NCAA college tennis team championship at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex Tuesday, May 21, 2013 on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Ill.

No. 12 seed Stanford defeated third-seeded Texas A&M to win the NCAA women’s tennis championship.

Stanford won the national title for the 17th time. Stanford (22-4) also earned its seventh title under coach Lele Forood. The Cardinal were the lowest-seeded team to reach the championship match since 2007.

Stanford’s Nicole Gibbs rallied for a 0-6, 6-2, 6-0 win over Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar to help the Cardinal gain momentum. Gibbs won NCAA singles and doubles titles last season. Kristie Ahn scored a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Cristina Stancu to clinch the match.

Stanford earlier ended top-seeded Florida’s run toward a third consecutive championship while also knocking off fourth-seeded Georgia and fifth-seeded USC over the previous four days.

In its second season under coach Howard Joffe, Texas A&M (26-4) made the school’s first appearance in the championship match.

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