yup, even WITHOUT Ahn almost defeated Florida..de facto best team last season..
Lol oh Fantic! You're almost as obsessed with California as I am with Texas.
However, that makes you hopelessly biased!
I think Stanford's chances, in order of likelihood, are as follows:
1st Singles--Stanford needs this point in a big way. Having watched both players, I think Gibbs is a more talented ball striker. This is the only match up where I think Stanford is favored.
Doubles point--I think Stanford really needs to win the doubles point. As others have predicted, I think the point will come down to the third position. This point is a toss up to me.
2nd singles--this is where things get tricky. Embree hasn't been having a great year, but she typically performs better in duals than in tournaments thanks to her incredible ability to handle the nerves. I think she is slightly favored in this match, but she is at Mallory's mercy to some extent. If Mallory plays lights out tennis, she will win. Stanford needs this point, because it is one of the positions where the Stanford player has a clear advantage in ability to control the point.
3rd singles--I have to think Mather is a huge favorite on paper. She's been having a phenomenal season. That said, Tan really impressed me last year. I think she's incredibly tough, mentally, which is not something I can say about Mather. Tan won last year. This is a huge test for Mather, in my book.
4th singles--Cercone should win this match. I haven't been overly impressed with Tsay. I don't think this is out of Stanford's reach, but UF is favored.
5th singles--I don't think Li has much of a shot. Stanford struggles at the bottom positions. Oyen should win in straight sets
6th singles--This is almost a walkover. UF wins.
The problem for Stanford, even in the NCAAs, is that UF is just as strong at the top, but stronger at the bottom. While that is exaggerated in Ahn's absence, I think it's still true come May. If Allie and Lauren win their matches, UF will almost certainly win another title. I wouldn't want to bet a title on Allie and Lauren losing...