In a unique head-to-head matchup that lasted nearly three hours and featured several tense moments, sophomore Nicole Gibbs edged junior Mallory Burdette 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in an all-Stanford singles final Monday at the NCAA women’s tennis championships in Athens, Ga.
Rallying after a first-set loss and shaking off deficits of 4-1 and 5-2 in the second set, Gibbs became the 15th singles champion in school history. Gibbs is the first Stanford player to capture the NCAA singles crown since Amber Liu repeated as champion in 2004.
Later in the day, Gibbs and Burdette shook off fatigue to team up and claim the doubles title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Georgia’s Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson. Gibbs becomes only the third Stanford player to claim singles and doubles titles in the same season.