No. 11 Stanford Downs No. 26 Boise State 6-1 In ITA Qualifying Opener

Jan. 31, 2009

STANFORD, Calif.- No. 11 Stanford cruised to a 6-1 victory over No. 26 Boise State on Saturday afternoon in Boise, Idaho, during the opening round of qualifying competition for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Facing the host Broncos (3-2) on their home court, the Cardinal (2-0) swept the doubles point and captured five singles matches en route to the win.

Stanford now faces No. 31 Auburn on Sunday afternoon, with the winner punching its ticket to the 16-team ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago on Feb. 13-16.

Stanford opened doubles play by winning at the No. 3 spot before Boise State forced a 1-1 tie with a victory at the No. 1 position. In the No. 2 doubles match, the duo of Matt Bruch and Ryan Thacher was able to outlast Boise State's Clancy Shields and Stanley Sarapanich 7-2 in the tiebreaker for a 9-8 victory.

The Cardinal quickly secured the match at 4-0 with three straight singles wins at the Nos. 3, 6 and 5 positions, respectively. Blake Muller provided the clincher on court five with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Stanley Sarapanich.

No. 11 Stanford 6, No. 26 Boise State 1

DOUBLES
1) Feeder/Meredith (BSU) d. Muller/Wire (STAN) 8-5
2) Bruch/Thacher (STAN) d. Sarapanich/Shields (BSU) 9-8 (7-2)
3) Clayton/Klahn (STAN) d. Shields/Solomon (BSU) 7-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

SINGLES
1) No. 33 Alex Clayton (STAN) d. No. 22 Clancy Shields (BSU) 7-5, 6-7, 10-5
2) No. 90 Kean Feeder (BSU) d. Ryan Thacher (STAN) 7-6, 4-6, 10-6
3) Matt Bruch (STAN) d. Cristian Hodel (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
4) No. 62 Richard Wire (STAN) d. James Meredith (BSU) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
5) Blake Muller (STAN) d. No. 85 Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
6) Gregory Hirshman (STAN) d. Blane Shields (BSU) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 5, 4, 2, 1

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