No. 8 Stanford Earns Shutout Victory Over Oregon, 7-0

April 10, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 8 Stanford men's tennis team earned its first win in Pac-10 play this afternoon, downing unranked Oregon 7-0 in Eugene. The Cardinal improves to 14-5 overall and will face No. 21 Washington tomorrow in Seattle.

Stanford swept doubles for the second-straight match, winning at No. 3 and No. 1 doubles handily. Sophomore Ted Kelly and Greg Hirshman only conceded one game to Sho Higuchi and and Jose Izquierdo at the third spot, while freshmen Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn were victorious over Marcos Verdasco and Alexander Cornelissen in the top position. At No. 2, the No. 34 pair of junior Richard Wire and senior Blake Muller combined for a 7-6(6) win over Duncan MacDonald-Korth and Ayrton Wibowo.

In singles, No. 50 Klahn quickly cruised past Verdasco at No. 1, defeating the Ducks' top man 6-2, 6-4. No. 117 Hirshman and Thacher also earned straight-set victories over their opponents, giving the Cardinal the win. Hirshman took down MacDonald-Korth 6-3, 6-1. Thacher, after fighting to a 7-5 win in the first set, followed up with a 6-0 shutout of Cornelissen in the second set.

Muller also picked up a win at No. 4 singles, defeating Izquierdo three-and-three to make it 5-0 overall in favor of Stanford. At No. 3 and No. 6 singles, both No. 102 Wire and senior Jeff Zeller went to third-set tiebreakers after recovering from first-set losses to their opponents, and both were successful in their comebacks, as Zeller defeated Higuchi 5-7, 7-6(3), 1-0(6) and Wire bested Wibowo 6-7(4), 6-1, 1-0(5) to complete the shutout victory.

April 10, 2009 - Eugene, Ore.
No. 8 Stanford 7, Oregon 0

1) Thacher/Klahn (STAN) d. Verdasco/Cornelissen (ORE) 8-4
2) No. 34 Wire/Muller (STAN) d. MacDonald-Korth/Wibowo (ORE) 7-6(6)
3) Kelly/Hirshman (STAN) d. Higuchi/Izquierdo (ORE) 8-1
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

1) No. 50 Bradley Klahn (STAN) d. Marcos Verdasco (ORE) 6-2, 6-4
2) Ryan Thacher (STAN) d. Alexander Cornelissen (ORE) 7-5, 6-0*
3) No. 102 Richard Wire (STAN) d. Ayrton Wibowo (ORE) 6-7(4), 6-1, 1-0(5)
4) Blake Muller (STAN) d. Jose Izquierdo (ORE) 6-3, 6-3
5) No. 117 Greg Hirshman (STAN) d. Duncan MacDonald-Korth (ORE) 6-3, 6-1
6) Jeff Zeller (STAN) d. Sho Higuchi (STAN) 5-7, 7-6(3), 1-0(6)
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2*, 4, 6, 3
* denotes clinching victory

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