Stanford Comes Back To Defeat No. 36 Arizona In Tucson

March 7, 2008

TUCSON, Ariz. - The No. 32 Stanford men's tennis team defeated No. 36 Arizona today in Tucson, 4-3. The victory marks the Cardinal's third straight win and brings the overall record up to 5-5. Stanford captured four of the six singles matches as freshman Gregory Hirshman won the last match of the evening to secure the triumph for Stanford.

Things didn't start off the way Stanford hoped, as they surrendered the doubles point to Arizona. The Cardinal forced each of the doubles matches into extra games however, as Arizona needed nine wins in each match to earn the point. The Wildcats' top duo, No. 48 Claudio Christen and Jay Goldman defeated junior Blake Muller and Alex Clayton, 9-7, for third loss this season. Arizona then clinched the point when Bruno Alcala and Ravid Hazi defeated junior Matt Bruch and freshman Ted Kelly, 9-8. Sophomore Richard Wire and Hirshman denied Arizona's attempt to sweep doubles, winning 9-8 in the third match.

Arizona went on to win the first singles match at the No. 5 position, but Bruch, ranked No. 76, would be the first to get a point on the board for Stanford, defeating No. 108 Christen, 6-4, 6-3, in No. 2 singles. The Wildcats recorded their third point when Andres Carrasco defeated No. 85 Wire, 7-5, 6-3 in the No. 3 spot, making it 3-1 in favor of Arizona.

The Cardinal then began their comeback as second-ranked Clayton defeated Goldman, 7-5, 6-3, and Muller fought out his victory over Alcala, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, evening the score at three-all. The fate of the Cardinal came to rest in the hands of Hirshman, who won his first set 7-5 but fell 6-1 in the second. Hirshman redeemed himself in the third set, putting away Hazi, 6-3, at the No. 6 spot and clinching the Stanford victory.

Stanford will next make the short drive up to Tempe to take on Arizona State tomorrow at 1 p.m. on the ASU campus.

No. 36 Arizona vs. No. 32 Stanford
Tucson, Ariz. - 3/7/08 -1:30 p.m.
Final Score: Stanford 4 - Arizona 3

Singles Results: Stanford 4 - Arizona 2
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 3, 1, 4, 6*
1) #2 Clayton (S) d. Goldman (A), 7-5, 6-3
2) #76 Bruch (S) d. #108 Christen (A), 6-4, 6-3
3) Carrasco (A) d. #85 Wire (S), 7-5, 6-3
4) Muller (S) d. Alcala (A), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
5) Metham (A) d. Kao (S), 6-3, 6-4
6) Hirshman (S) d. Hazi (A), 7-5, 1-6, 6-3

Doubles Results: Arizona wins the doubles point
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1) #48 Claudio Christen/Jay Goldman (A) d. Muller/Clayton (S), 9-7
2) Alcala/Hazi (A) d. Bruch/Kelly (S), 9-8 (4)
3) Wire/Hirshman (S) d. Metham/Carrasco (A), 9-8 (8)

*clincher

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