Bruch and Wan to Play For Pac-10 Championship

April 29, 2006

It's an all-Stanford final at the Pacific-10 Conference championships in Ojai, Calif., as Matt Bruch and James Wan each scored upset wins today to advance to tomorrow's final. Bruch, ranked 17th in singles, beat #4 Conor Niland of Cal in one semifinal match while Wan, who is unranked, beat teammate KC Corkery, ranked 22nd, in the other semifinal.

In the doubles competition, an injury to Corkery gave UCLA's team of Mathieu Dehaine and Jeremy Drean a walkover win over Corkery and Pade. In Pac-10 Invitational play, the Cardinal will play for the championship in both singles and doubles.

The big news of the day for Stanford, however, was its impressive play in the singles competition of the Pac-10 Championship. Bruch earned his way to the final by beating Niland 6-2, 7-6 (8), but it was Wan who scored the biggest surprise of the tournament by defeating Corkery, 6-3, 6-3. Bruch and Wan will square off tomorrow at 11:00 am for the Pac-10 Singles Championship.

Blake Muller won his semifinal match today over Dean Wallace of Cal, 7-6, 6-3 and will face Jeremy Drean of UCLA in the singles final of the Pac-10 Invitational. In doubles, James Wan and Jon Wong scored an 8-2 win over Washington's David Chu and Andy Gerst and will face Washington's Jean-Noel Insausti and Michael Ricks in tomorrow's final. The Washington duo beat Stanford's Phil Kao and Chris Rasmussen in today's semifinal, 8-5.

Pac-10 Championships
#17 Matt Bruch (S) d. #4 Conor Niland (Cal), 6-2, 7-6 (8)
James Wan (S) d. #22 KC Corkery (S), 6-3, 6-3

Mathieu Dehaine/Jeremy Drean (UCLA) d. #15 KC Corkery/James Pade (S), ret. (injury)

Pac-10 Invitational
Blake Muller (S) d. Dean Wallace (Cal), 7-6, 6-3
Jeremy Drean (UCLA) d. Phil Kao (S), 7-6, 6-7, 6-0

James Wan/Jon Wong (S) d. David Chu/Andy Gerst (Wash), 8-2
Jean-Noel Insausti/Michael Ricks (Wash) d. Phil Kao/Chris Rasmussen (S), 8-5

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