No. 7 Men's Tennis Dumps No. 13 Cal 6-1 To Claim Pac-10 Title Share

April 17, 2010

STANFORD, Calif.- No. 7 Stanford cruised past No. 13 California in Berkeley on Saturday afternoon, winning its seventh straight game to close out the regular season and earning a share of the Pac-10 championship in the process.

For the first time since being crowned co-champions with UCLA in 2006, the Cardinal (18-5, 5-1 Pac-10) has finished atop the league standings. Despite being upset by UCLA yesterday, USC (19-3, 5-1 Pac-10) also grabbed a share and is locked in as the Pac-10's automatic qualifier because the Trojans defeated Stanford 5-2 back on Apr. 2.

Saturday's victory over California (12-7, 3-3 Pac-10) was even sweeter considering Stanford avenged a 4-3 home loss to the Golden Bears in late February, on of three hard-fought 4-3 defeats on the Cardinal's ledger this year.

Stanford swept all three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead, clinching the point following an 8-3 victory from the rookie pairing of Matt Kandath and Denis Lin at the No. 3 spot.

The Cardinal continued to roll in singles play, officially securing the match after Alex Clayton tallied a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Christoffer Konigsfeldt at the No. 3 position.

Next up for Stanford is the Pac-10 Championships on Apr. 22-25 in Ojai, Calif.

No. 7 Stanford 6, No. 13 California 1

DOUBLES

1) No. 3 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) d. Konigsfeldt/Zerbini (CAL) 8-5
2) No. 46 Clayton/Wire (STAN) d. Dahan/Katsarov (CAL) 8-3
3) Matt Kandath/Lin (STAN) d. Andrews/Sky Lovill (CAL) 8-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

SINGLES

1) No. 19 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) d. No. 79 Ryan Thacher (STAN) 6-4, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (5)
2) No. 79 Ryan Thacher (STAN) d. No. 95 Christoffer Konigsfeldt (CAL) 6-2, 6-3
3) No. 49 Alex Clayton (STAN) d. Nick Andrews (CAL) 7-5, 6-2
4) Denis Lin (STAN) d. Jonathan Dahan (CAL) 6-2, 6-7 (7), 1-0 (8)
5) Richard Wire (STAN) d. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) 6-4, 7-5
6) Greg Hirshman (STAN) d. Bijan Hejazi (CAL) 6-0, 6-0
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3, 5, 1, 4

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