Cardinal Gets Back on Track With 5-1 Win at Arizona

March 11, 2006

Stanford rebounded from Friday's 4-3 loss at Arizona State by beating host Arizona 5-1 today in a non-conference match at the LeNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson. The No. 12 Cardinal improved their dual match record to 7-2 as Stanford won five of six singles matches to record the win.

Due to windy conditions, the doubles competition was not played. That left the two teams to battle each other in singles, and it was all Cardinal. Stanford won scored the first two points when James Pade, playing No. 2, beat Arizona's Jeff Groslimond, 6-1, 6-3. Shortly thereafter, freshman Matt Bruch closed out his match at No. 1 singles as he defeated Roger Matalonga, 6-2, 6-3 in a battle of two nationally-ranked players. Bruch entered the match ranked No. 9 in the nation while Matalonga is ranked No. 42.

Arizona came within a point of Stanford at 2-1 when the Wildcat's Bruno Alcala beat Blake Muller at No. 4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2. But, Stanford registered wins at No. 6, No. 3 and No. 5 to close out the match. Jon Wong defeated UA's Peter Zimmer 7-5, 7-6 (10-8) at No. 6, then James Wan clinched the match for the Cardinal with a 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 win at No. 3. Phil Kao won his match at No. 5 as he beat Jason Labrosse, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5.

The Cardinal will now take a 16-day break for finals and spring break. Stanford's next match is Monday, March 27 vs. Tulsa at the Taube Tennis Center.

Non-Conference: Stanford 5, Arizona 1

Doubles (did not play due to windy conditions)

Singles:
1. No. 9 Matt Bruch (Stanford) def No. 42 Roger Matalonga (UA), 6-2, 6-3
2. James Pade (Stanford) def Jeff Groslimond (UA), 6-1, 6-3
3. James Wan (Stanford) def Claudio Christen (UA), 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3*
4. Bruno Alcala (UA ) def Blake Muller (Stanford), 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
5. Phil Kao (Stanford) def Jason Labrosse (UA), 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
6. Jon Wong (Stanford) def Peter Zimmer (UA), 7-5, 7-6 (10-8)
* Denotes Clinching Match
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4, 6, 3, 5

Records: Arizona (7-5), Stanford (7-2)
Rankings: Arizona No. 43, Stanford No. 12

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