Bruch, Muller Chosen To Compete at NCAA Championships
May 2, 2007
Sophomore Matt Bruch, who recently won his second straight Pac-10 men's singles championship, today was selected as an at-large participant for the 2007 NCAA Championships in both singles and doubles. Bruch will team with sophomore Blake Muller in the doubles competition. The NCAA's will be held at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, GA., beginning May 23.
'While we are disappointed we did not advance as a team, we are very excited about Matt and Blake's selections,' said Cardinal head coach John Whitlinger. 'Matt played his way into the NCAA singles draw with his performance and the Pac-10's last week. He and Blake have had an awesome year in doubles and are one of the better teams in the nation.'
Bruch, from Lake Forest, IL., entered the Pac-10's having won just three of 12 matches during the 2007 campaign. He was hampered by injuries throughout the season, but at the Pac-10's he won five straight matches, including three over nationally-ranked opponents, to capture his second straight conference title.
'He knew what he had to do to gain a berth to the NCAA's, and he did just that,' said Whitlinger. 'This season has been tough for him. He hasn't been healthy and hasn't been able to compete at full strength. I'm proud of the way he stepped up. He knew what he had to do and I'm very impressed with what he accomplished at the Pac-10's,' he said.
Bruch, who has not been ranked all season, vaulted to No. 58 in this week's national rankings. In doubles, he and Muller remained at No. 12 nationally after winning all four matches and capturing the Pac-10 doubles title on Sunday.
'Other teams better watch out for Matt and Blake,' said Whitlinger. 'They are capable of winning it all. If Matt were healthy, who knows how good they'd be at this point. But, they have a great opportunity at the NCAA's.'
Bruch and Muller are 16-3 this season, have won 11 of their last 12 matches and are 5-0 against nationally-ranked opponents.
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