Stanford Men's Tennis Signs a Pair of Top Recruits to National Letters of Intent

Nov. 23, 2004

Stanford, Calif.- Stanford men's tennis head coach John Whitlinger has announced the signing of two top recruits to National Letters of Intent. Matt Bruch and Blake Muller will join the Cardinal tennis team next Fall as members of the Class of 2009.

Matt Bruch will come to The Farm from Lake Forest, Illinois. Bruch has had a distinguished junior career, finishing seventh at the under-18 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan and advancing to the semifinals of the Kentucky Tennis Derby ITF event in September. Bruch was also a semifinalist at the USTA International Grass Courts in Philadelphia earlier this Fall, and has participated in the US Open juniors.

'I am very excited to begin playing for coach Whitlinger and the Stanford program,' said Bruch. 'I appreciate the opportunity to join the squad and to hopefully help the team to a national championship.'

Blake Muller attends Santa Barbara High School, where he was tabbed for High School All-American honors last season. Muller captured the title at the Mutterspaw National Tournament in Las Vegas last May and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Winter Super Nationals in Scottsdale, Arizona last December. Muller was named CIF First Team Southern California, and advanced to the semifinals in doubles play at the under-16 National Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan in August of 2003.

'I am excited to be heading to Stanford,' said Muller. 'I look forward to joining such a great program and playing for coach Whitlinger. I look forward to contributing to the program in any way that I can.'

'We are extremely excited to have Matt and Blake join the program next Fall,' stated head coach John Whitlinger. 'They are two of the top juniors in the country, and are both quality student-athletes with outstanding work ethics. We expect each player to fit in well with the current team and contribute to the continued success of the Stanford men's tennis program as we move forward in preparing to host the NCAA Men's and Women's Championships in 2006.'