Men's Tennis Earns No.1 Ranking For First Time Since 2002
March 3, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - Following four wins since the last team rankings were released and riding an 11-1 overall record, the Stanford men's tennis squad overtook Virginia and was named the new No. 1 in the Campbells/ITA College Tennis Rankings today. The Cardinal has not attained the nation's top rank since the 2002 season.
Singles and doubles players were also reclassified today in the Campbells/ITA rankings and three Stanford men and one doubles pair remain ranked. Sophomore Alex Clayton dropped one spot to No. 14, while freshman Bradley Klahn moved up to No. 36 from No. 47. Junior Richard Wire also moved up, gaining eight spots to settle into No. 109. The pair of Wire and senior Blake Muller dropped from No. 28 to No. 33.
Rated seventh in the nation last week, the Cardinal continued to roll over highly-rated teams, upsetting No. 4 USC and defeating No. 7 UCLA in a sweep of the Pac-10 L.A. schools last weekend, something Stanford has not accomplished since the 2006 season.
The Cardinal also made an impressive run at the ITA National Indoor Championships in February, knocking off No. 7 Florida and No. 2 Texas before falling in its only loss of the season thus far to No. 3 Georgia in the semifinals. Stanford has also defeated No. 15 Pepperdine, who last year topped the Cardinal in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 23 California, No. 26 Boise State, and No. 31 Auburn, and has shut out three opponents, defeating Sacramento State and Saint Mary's 7-0 and No. 60 BYU 6-0.
Stanford continues its dual-match season this Wednesday, March 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Taube Tennis Center with a contest against Santa Clara before heading off to La Jolla for this weekend's Pacific Coast Doubles tournament. The Broncos are 2-2, earning wins over UC Santa Cruz and UC Davis, while falling in shutouts to BYU and Denver. The Cardinal last faced Santa Clara in 2007 and holds a 5-0 all-time record over the Broncos.