No. 32 Stanford Travels To Arizona For Two Matches

March 5, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's tennis team will head to the Grand Canyon State for two challenging matches this weekend against Pac-10 opponents Arizona on March 7 at 1:30 p.m. and Arizona State on March 8 at 1 p.m. The matches will not count towards conference standings.

The most recent ITA rankings were released on Tuesday, March 4 and the Cardinal fell one place from their previous ranking to land at No. 32. Freshman Alex Clayton remains in the No. 2 spot behind Virginia's Somdev Devvarman, junior Matt Bruch checks in at No. 76, and sophomore Richard Wire sits at No. 85.

The Cardinal participated in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. last weekend, where Wire and freshman Gregory Hirshman had an impressive showing, advancing to the quarterfinals of the championship draw. In their last dual match on February 26, Stanford upset No. 29 California, 5-2, in 'The Big Smash'. Cal will also play Arizona and Arizona State this weekend.

The No. 36 Arizona Wildcats are 10-2 on the season, suffering losses to Rice and USC. Most recently, they defeated Loyola Marymount 7-0 and BYU 5-2. The Wildcats' top singles player, No. 108 Claudio Christen is 5-4 in dual matches and 13-7 overall. Christen is also part of the No. 48 doubles team with teammate Jay Goldman, who are 9-2 in dual matches at No. 1 singles. Goldman has been putting up impressive numbers himself, going 3-0 in No. 1 singles and 8-1 in the No. 2 position.

No. 26 Arizona State is 7-0 overall with notable wins coming against Auburn, 4-3, and San Diego State, 7-0, earlier in the year. No. 49 Andres Arango is 5-2 in dual meets, competing at No. 2 singles, and Matt Brooklyn has been dominant in the top position, going 6-0. Matt Brooklyn is also part of the No. 31 doubles team in the nation with teammate T.J. Bellama, that is 6-1 in No. 1 doubles. The Sun Devils also played Loyola Marymount and BYU this past weekend, defeating the Lions, 6-1, and the Cougars, 7-0.

Upon the conclusion of this weekend's matches, Stanford will take a two-week hiatus from competition in order to concentrate on winter quarter finals. The Cardinal will compete in one last non-conference match-up against Brown at home on March 24 before beginning Pac-10 competition against Arizona and Arizona State at home the following weekend.

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