No. 11 Stanford To Meet Up With No. 20 Pepperdine, No. 24 California
Feb. 18, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 11 Stanford men's tennis team is set to take on No. 20 Pepperdine this Friday, February 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Taube Tennis Stadium, as the Cardinal resumes play after finishing up at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships this past weekend in Chicago. Following Friday's home match, Stanford will travel across the bay to face No. 24 California in Berkeley on Saturday.
The last time the Cardinal matched up against the Waves, Pepperdine bested Stanford 4-2 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on May 11, 2008. The Cardinal captured the doubles point, but the Waves went on to take four of the singles matches to win. Stanford is 25-7 all-time against Pepperdine.
The Waves are currently 7-4 on the season, falling to both Illinois and Boise State 6-1 in January, and Ohio State and Baylor at last weekend's ITA event, while gaining notable wins against Norte Dame, Tulsa, and Alabama.
Like the Cardinal, Pepperdine has three ranked singles players: No. 51 Omar Altmann, No. 57 Mahmoud Kamel, and No. 122 Bassam Beidas. Beidas and Altmann make up the nation's No. 45 doubles pair. Altmann is 9-2 at No. 2 singles, and Beidas is 4-5 at the top spot.
Cal, who is 3-2 this year, boasts two ranked singles players, No. 49 Kallim Stewart and No. 72 Pedro Zerbini, and one-ranked doubles pair of No. 16 Geoff Chizever and Zerbini. Cal has twice defeated Hawai'i, beaten Saint Mary's, and fallen to North Carolina and Michigan.
Stanford is 3-0 against Golden Bear opponents this year having played them at the ITA Regional Championships in the fall. No. 16 Bradley Klahn defeated both Zerbini and Chizever, while No. 33 Alex Clayton upended Jonathan Dahan. Chizever and Zerbini defeated the pair of Clayton and Klahn in doubles of the same tournament.
Stanford is 5-1, suffering its only loss to No. 3 Georgia in Chicago. Clayton, the recent recipient of the ITA's Sportsmanship award, is 6-1 in dual matches at No. 1 singles, while Klahn is 3-2 at the No. 2 position, and provided the clinching match point in a 4-3 upset of No. 2 Texas last weekend. No. 62 Richard Wire is 6-1 in dual matches, splitting his time between No. 4 and No. 5 singles.