No. 31 Stanford Heads to Souther California For Doubles Action

Feb. 27, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - After a seven-game home stand, the No. 31 Stanford men's tennis team is headed back out on the road and will travel to La Jolla, Calif. for this weekend's 119th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Stanford will send four teams to the open tournament and face collegiate opponents from Pepperdine, UCLA, Cal, USC, San Diego State, UC San Diego, Texas A & M, Rice, Claremont-McKenna, Fresno State and Notre Dame, along with other non-collegiate USTA competitors.

The tournament begins with the first round of 128, but each of the Cardinal tandems have received a bye into the round of 64. Match play will begin on Thursday at 3 p.m. for local teams only. Stanford will begin play on Friday. All teams will be automatically entered in the First Match Loser Consolation if they do not win their first match. The Consolation event begins Friday afternoon.

The duo of freshman Alex Clayton and junior Blake Muller received the sixth seed in the tournament and will face Spencer Cohen of Sylmar and Nicholas A. De Goede of Fresno at 8 a.m. on Friday. Together, Clayton and Muller are 4-2 this season, defeating doubles teams from Hawai'i, BYU, Baylor, and California. Their victory over No. 4 Baylor's Jordan Rux and David Galic clinched the doubles point for the Cardinal, as Clayton smashed the overhead winner that hit a Baylor player for the Cardinal victory, 8-5.

The sophomore dyad of Kevin Kaiser and Paul Morrissey will open play at 9 a.m. on Friday, facing UCLA's Ahmed Ismail and Josh Miller. Kaiser and Morrissey have not played together yet this season. Kaiser is 3-3 in doubles matches this season in performances at the Sherwood and Chandler Cups and at the ITA Regional Championships this past October. Morrissey has only seen action in one doubles match, losing to UCLA's Mathieau Dehaine and Holden Seguso, 8-6, at the Sherwood Cup in January. Dehaine and Seguso are the No. 7 seed at the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships and are nationally-ranked No. 47.

A continuous pair at the No. 3 spot for the Cardinal, freshman Gregory Hirshman and sophomore Richard Wire will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will face USC's Jaak Poldma and Gary Sacks. Hirshman and Wire currently hold a 10-4 record and were on a five-match winning streak before it was broken on Tuesday by California's Kallim Stewart and Bozhidar Katsarov, as the Cardinal lost a close one, 9-7.

The final Stanford team of junior Matt Bruch and freshman Ted Kelly will match up against Pepperdine's Moodie Kamel and Stuart Keplar at 10:15 a.m. Bruch and Kelly are also 4-2 overall and are currently on a two-match winning steak heading into the weekend. The two have consistently been at the No. 2 spot for the Cardinal and provided the wins that collected the doubles point for Stanford in their 7-0 shutout of BYU, and in their 4-3 upset of No. 28 Boise State.

The Pacific Coast Doubles Championships is the second-oldest tennis event in the United States and has a rich tournament history. First held in 1890 at The Hotel Del Monte in Monterey, California, the event was created to promote the sale of real estate on the Monterey peninsula.The original concept pitted the best players from the East versus those from the West. This coast to coast rivalry was the inspiration for the Davis Cup. Past Winners include Bobby Riggs,Jack Kramer, Don Budge,Tony Trabert,Stan Smith, Arthur Ashe, Dennis Ralston, and John McEnroe.

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