Men's Tennis To Play Three Matches This Week
Feb. 23, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The seventh-ranked Stanford men's tennis team is scheduled to play three matches this week, beginning Tuesday at home against No. 66 Saint Mary's and ending with two non-conference contests this weekend on the road against No. 6 UCLA and No. 5 USC.
The Tuesday match against the Gaels at 1:30 p.m. is a rescheduled competition, and was originally set to be the dual-season opener for the Cardinal on Jan. 23 but was postponed due to rain. Saint Mary's has struggled this year, posting a 2-8 overall record and going 1-1 so far in West Coast Conference play. Stanford is 2-0 all-time against the Gaels, most recently defeating them last season.
Following Tuesday's match, a difficult test awaits the Cardinal on the weekend, as it will travel to Los Angeles to take on last year's Pac-10 Champion UCLA and Runner-Up USC. Stanford twice fell to both the Bruins and the Trojans in the 2008 season and will be looking to use this weekend's non-conference matchups as a measuring stick for the upcoming Pac-10 season.
The Cardinal will meet USC first on Friday at 1:30 p.m. The Trojans are 9-1, suffering their only loss to Georgia at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, and sport three-ranked singles players, No. 3 Robert Farah, No. 67 Abdullah Magdas, and No. 118 Steve Johnson. Farah and Johnson together make up the nation's No. 3 doubles pair. Farah, who played Alex Clayton twice last year, is currently undefeated this season at No. 1 singles.
On Saturday, Stanford will take on UCLA (6-3 overall) at 1 p.m. The Bruins also have three ranked players in No. 52 Matt Brooklyn (who transferred to UCLA following the discontinuation of the Arizona State program), No. 74 Haythem Abid, and No. 93 Michael Look. The Cardinal is hoping to improve on their 54-55 all-time record against UCLA.
Stanford (8-1 overall) currently has three ranked singles players and one ranked doubles duo. Clayton is rated No. 13, while freshman Bradley Klahn checks in at No. 47 and junior Richard Wire is sitting at No. 117. Wire combines with senior Blake Muller to make up the No. 28 pair.