URBANA, Ill.- Nicole Gibbs and Krista Hardebeck both extended their stays at the NCAA Singles Championship, winning second-round matches on Thursday and earning All-America status in the process.
The defending NCAA Singles champion, Gibbs defeated Michigan's Ronit Yurovsky 6-4, 6-4 while Hardebeck rallied for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over VCU's Cindy Chala.
Gibbs is bidding to become Stanford's first repeat champion since Amber Liu in 2003-04.
In each of Hardebeck's last four wins, she has dropped the first set before winning the next two.
Meanwhile in doubles, both Cardinal doubles teams were eliminated. Ahn and Gibbs were upset by Tulsa's Isaura Enrique and Samantha Vickers 6-2, 6-4 while Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay fell short against Florida's Lauren Embree and Sofie Oyen 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Play continues Friday.
No. 13 Nicole Gibbs
First Round: d. No. 47 Yang Pang (Arkansas) 7-5, 6-4
Second Round: d. No. 58 Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan) 6-4, 6-4
Round of 16: vs. No. 4 Christina Sanchez-Quintanar (Texas A&M) - 8 a.m. PT
No. 14 Krista Hardebeck
First Round: d. No. 22 Pleun Burgmans (Auburn) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Second Round: d. No. 76 Cindy Chala (VCU) 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
Round of 16: vs. No. 6 Lauren Herring (Georgia) - 9 a.m. PT
No. 25 Kristie Ahn
First Round: lost to No. 15 Petra Niedermayerova (Kansas State) 6-2, 6-1
No. 8 Kristie Ahn/Nicole Gibbs
First Round: lost to No. 15 Isaura Enrique/Samantha Vickers (Tulsa) 6-2, 6-4
No. 28 Stacey Tan/Ellen Tsay
First Round: lost to No. 11 Lauren Embree/Sofie Oyen (Florida) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4