Men's Tennis To Meet Hawaii on Wednesday

Feb. 5, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's tennis team will try to serve up a victory this Wednesday as they take on the Hawai'i at 1:30 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Center. The match against the Rainbow Warriors marks the third of seven consecutive home games for the Cardinal, as Stanford will try to capture their first victory of the spring.

The Cardinal moved up in two places in the ITA national ranks to No. 40 this week, despite posting an 0-4 record so far. Second-ranked freshman Alex Clayton had a strong weekend, as he won both of his singles matches against UCLA's Holden Seguso in No. 2 singles, 7-6, 6-3, and USC's ninth-ranked Robert Farah in No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-1. Clayton's performance earned him a nomination for PAC-10 player of the week, but UCLA's Mathieau Dehaine was named the award winner earlier today.

Junior Blake Muller split his singles matches this past weekend, defeating UCLA's Michael Look, 6-0, 6-3, but fell to USC's No. 43 Gary Sacks in a hard fought match, 6-3, 6-4.

Richard Wire and Greg Hirshman were victorious in their only doubles match of the weekend against the Bruins' Jeremy Drean and Michael Look, 8-6, but Stanford failed to capture the doubles point. Doubles play against USC was canceled due to rainy weather.

Stanford and Hawai'i met previously in the fall, with Stanford winning 6-1. In that match, Clayton won his singles match at No. 2 and teamed with Matt Bruch to win at No. 1 doubles.

Hawai'i, which only had five players, had to default at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. Stanford won four of the remaining five singles matches, then won the doubles point with the Clayton/Bruch win at No. 1 doubles.

Hawai'i most recently went 1-2 in its last three-match homestand, and stand at 1-3 overall. The Rainbow Warriors lost two tight matches to No. 18 Florida State and St. Mary's, 4-3, and beat UC Santa Barbara 4-3, to earn their first win of the 2008 season. UH junior Sascha Heinemann won all three of his matches and freshman Dennis Lajola went a perfect 2-0. Rainbow Warrior sophomore Andreas Weber, ranked No. 25 in the latest ITA singles rankings went 2-1.

Following Wednesday's match, the Cardinal will face Brigham Young University at 1:30 p.m. on Friday at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

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