Stanford, Baylor To Face Off In Second Annual HP Cup
Feb. 11, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's tennis team returns to action this week after coming off last week's two solid 7-0 victories over Hawai'i and No. 71 BYU. The Cardinal will match up against No. 4 Baylor in the second annual HP Cup on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Center. The HP Cup will be the Cardinal's fifth home game of seven in a row.
This is the second year that HP has sponsored the match between Stanford and Baylor. Last year in the inaugural HP Cup, Baylor defeated Stanford 7-0 in Waco, Texas. Although Stanford has not yet met Baylor in a dual match this season, many of the Stanford players have seen the Bears on the court this season at the Sherwood Cup. Wednesday's match will give the Cardinal another opportunity to try to defeat the Bears, a team they have never defeated in a dual- match in program history (0-7).
Stanford currently holds a 2-4 record overall and a .500 win percentage at home. The Cardinal are led by second-ranked freshman Alex Clayton, who currently holds a 6-1 singles record in dual meets and is 15-3 overall.
Stanford currently has three other nationally-ranked singles players in No. 41 frsehman Ted Kelly, No. 75 sophomore Richard Wire, and No. 96 junior Matt Bruch. Singles players will be re-ranked by the ITA and will updated rankings will be released on February 20.
Baylor is currently undefeated this season, going 6-0 overall and recording four shutouts. The Bears had this past weekend off, last facing Florida at home on February 3. In that match, they defeated the No. 13 Gators 5-2, losing at No. 1 and No. 5 singles.
Baylor currently has two players ranked in the ITA Top 100. Denes Lukacs sits at No. 10 with a 26-5 record overall in singles, and 9-5 in doubles. Lukacs captured the doubles title at the Sherwood Cup in January with teammate Atilla Bucko. Also, at No. 80 is the Bears' David Galic, who is undefeated in doubles, and has been seeing most of his singles action at the No. 3 spot.
Admission to the HP Cup is free.
*Note* Teams will be re-ranked by the ITA and rankings will be published tomorrow at http://www.itatennis.com/2007_ita_ranking_release_dates.htm
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