Cardinal corner: Double the tennis fun; wrestlers in Virginia

Michaela Gordon and Emily Arbuthnott are playing for the ITA Fall National doubles title on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Sophomore Emily Arbuthnott and freshman Michaela Gordon will play for a doubles title on Sunday morning at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships.

After winning their first three matches on the strength of a super-tiebreaker, Arbuthnott and Gordon defeated Duke's Kelly Chen and Samantha Harris 6-1, 7-5 in Saturday's semifinals.

Connor Schram
Arbuthnott and Gordon, who are unranked and playing together for the first time, next face the nation's No. 6-ranked duo of Alexa Bortles and Arianne Hartono from Mississippi in Sunday's final at 10 a.m. PT.

Arbuthnott and Gordon have compiled a 6-1 record this season and also reached the doubles semifinals of the ITA Northwest Regional Championships last month.


Despite four individual victories, No. 21 Stanford fell to No. 8 Virginia Tech, 22-12, in the season opener for both teams at Cassell Coliseum.

All four of Stanford's nationally ranked wrestlers scored points for the Cardinal, while redshirt freshmen Requir van der Merwe (149 pounds), Brandon Dallavia (165 pounds) and Nathan Traxler (197 pounds) made their collegiate debuts.

Redshirt senior Connor Schram, who moved back down to 125 pounds this season, gave Stanford an early 3-0 lead in the dual. Ranked No. 10, Schram scored a takedown in the second period, an escape and a takedown in the third and secured 1:13 of riding time in the 6-1 decision over redshirt freshman Kyle Norstrem.

Returning All-American Paul Fox, ranked No. 9 at 157 pounds, was aggressive to start his match, scoring two first period takedowns on Virginia Tech redshirt junior Ryan Blees. He added a third in the second period and tacked on an escape in the third for a 7-4 decision.

Redshirt senior Keaton Subjeck, who moved back up to 174 pounds this season, turned in a 4-1 decision against Hunter Bolen. Ranked No. 17 to start the season, Subjeck scored a takedown in the final seconds of the opening period. He added an escape to start the second period and registered riding time in the win.

Redshirt senior heavyweight Nathan Butler scored the final points for the Cardinal in a dominating 4-0 decision over Virginia Tech redshirt freshman Andrew Dunn. After a scoreless first period, No. 12 Butler earned an escape and a takedown as the wrestlers were falling out of bounds in the second. He rode out Dunn in the third period to seal the victory.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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