No. 5 Stanford Upsets No. 4 USC, 4-3

Feb. 27, 2009

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 5 Stanford men's tennis team captured its first match of the weekend, upsetting No. 4 USC 4-3, marking the first time since April 8, 2006 that the Cardinal has bested the Trojans.

Stanford captured the doubles point to begin the match, and the point would turn out to be the deciding factor in the match. The Cardinal went down after losing at the No. 1 position, but the pair of freshman Bradley Klahn and sophomore Ted Kelly evened things up with a win at No. 3 over USC's Matt Kecki and Jaak Poldma 8-6.

Then the No. 28 pair of senior Blake Muller and junior Richard Wire captured the point for the Cardinal by beating Abdullah Magdas and Daniel Nguyen in a tiebreaker, 9-8(4).

The Trojans tied it up with a win at No. 6 singles, but senior Matt Bruch again put Stanford up by one with a win at No. 4 singles. No. 117 Wire then put the Cardinal on the brink of victory with his win over Nguyen in three sets, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, but at the top spot, USC's Robert Farah, ranked third in the country, defeated freshman Alex Clayton to make it 3-2.

The Trojans tied it up with a victory at No. 3 singles, but No. 47 Klahn proved to be the hero for Stanford, coming back from a first-set loss to defeat Jaak Poldma, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6).

The Cardinal, now 9-1 overall, will travel across the city to meet up with UCLA in a 1 p.m. match tomorrow on the Westwood campus.

Feb. 27, 2009 - Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 5 Stanford 4, No. 4 USC 3
Doubles

1) No. 3 Farah/Johnson (USC) d. Brach/Thacher (STAN) 8-4
2) No. 28 Muller/Wire (STAN) d. Magdas/Nguyen (USC) 9-8(4)
3) Klahn/Kelly (STAN) d. Kecki/Poldma (USC) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
Singles

1) No. 3 Robert Farah (USC) d. No. 13 Alex Clayton (STAN) 6-4, 6-4
2) No. 47 Bradley Klahn (STAN) d. Jaak Poldma (USC) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(6)
3) No. 118 Steven Johnson (USC) d. Ryan Thacher (STAN) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
4) Matt Bruch (STAN) d. Matt Kecki (USC) 6-3, 6-3
5) No. 117 Richard Wire (STAN) d. Daniel Nguyen (USC) 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
6) Jason McNaughton (USC) d. Blake Muller (STAN) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 5, 1, 3, 2

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