Stanford has the belief more, they have won this before, they are LOADED! Mallory and Stacey have showed how dominant they can be, more Mallory...and they have 1 loss. You?
To play devil's advocate:
*None of the girls on the current team have won the NCAA's in any capacity. Only Lele has belief
*While statistically Stanford has the best record, it has to be taken into account that they did not play ITA's. Thus the toughest teams they have faced this year are Cal and UCLA. Both good teams, but Stanford has managed to avoid all of the top 8 seeds in the NCAA tourney sans UCLA (seeded 7, UCLA def. Stanford 6-1, Stanford def. UCLA 5-2).
*Baylor is 28-2. Their last loss came back in February as did Stanford's (happened on the same day! creepy
). Baylor has wins over #2 seed UNC, #5 seed Notre Dame, #6 seed Northwestern, and #7 seed UCLA. They have proven themselves against a variety of teams unlike Stanford
*Stanford has a solid lineup, no one would argue with that. However, to say they are "loaded"...well this is somewhat void against Baylor. Both teams have 4 players in the top 100. (B: #5, #20 , #69 , #97 . S:#4 , #33 , #68 , #83 ). That's about as even as it gets.
*Mallory Burdette is 11-2 at #3 singles and 8-0 at #4 singles. She has had very dominant scorelines in Stanford's dual matches, however when she plays ranked girls, that dominance disappears: Losing to unranked Tuohimaa from TCU 5-7, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (5), losing to #43 Remnyse 7-6 (8), 6-4. Her only win over a ranked play was her 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Cal's #31 ranked Andersson. (Aside: Mallory lost to No. 68 Micaela Hein of Arizona St. in the Pac-10 championships 6-3, 7-5). Tan is 4-5 at #3 and 11-1 at #4. Baylor's Ormond is 12-3 at #3 and 4-1 at #4. Borsanyi is 2-1 at #3 and 15-3 at #4. Considering the strength of their schedules, I would say the #3 and #4 slots on both teams are very solid.