No. 11 Stanford Knocks Off No. 2 Texas In ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 14, 2009
CHICAGO - The No.11 Stanford men's tennis team pulled off another big upset today, knocking off No. 2 Texas 4-3 today in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
For the second day in a row, the Cardinal dropped the opening point in doubles, but battled back in singles to secure the victory.
No. 62 junior Richard Wire tied things up by capturing the first singles match, taking down the Longhorns' No. 81 Olivier Sajous, 6-1, 6-2. No. 33 sophomore Alex Clayton put Stanford out in front 2-1 by winning his match at No. 1 singles, upsetting Texas' No. 31 Dimitar Kutrovsky 7-5, 6-2.
The Longhorns then played catch up, making it two-all with Josh Zavala's victory over senior Blake Muller. From then on, it was a back-and-forth fight. The Cardinal went up 3-2 with freshman Ryan Thacher win over Miguel Reyes Varela, 6-3, 7-5, and senior Matt Bruch nearly sealed the deal but fell in a tiebreaker in the third set to Texas' Ed Corrie to even things up once again.
Like yesterday, the outcome of the match fell upon the final singles contest, and No. 16 freshman Bradley Klahn came through for Stanford, coming back from a 6-1 defeat in the first set to defeat Kellen Damico in three sets, 1-6, 7-6 (8), 7-5.
The Cardinal moves on to tomorrow's semifinals where it will face either No. 6 USC or No. 3 Georgia at 12 p.m. CT at Chicago's Midtown Tennis Club.
Feb. 14, 2009 - Chicago, Ill.
No. 11 Stanford 4, No. 2 Texas 3
1) Wire/Muller (STAN) vs. Corrie/Damico (UT) 7-7, unfinished
2) Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) d. Bruch/Thacher (STAN) 9-7
3) Reyes Varela/Sajous (UT) d. Clayton/Klahn (STAN) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1) No. 33 Alex Clayton (STAN) d. No. 31 Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) 7-5, 6-2
2) No. 16 Bradley Klahn (STAN) d. Kellen Damico (UT) 1-6, 7-6 (8), 7-5*
3) Ed Corrie (UT) d. Matt Bruch (STAN) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4)
4) Ryan Thacher (STAN) d. Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) 6-3, 7-5
5) No. 62 Richard Wire (STAN) d. No. 81 Olivier Sajous (UT) 6-1, 6-2
6) Josh Zavala (UT) d. Blake Muller (STAN) 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 6, 4, 3, 2*
* denotes clinching match