Cardinal Signs Two of Top Five Players in Country

Nov. 19, 2007

Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn, both ranked among the top-five recruits in the nation, have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend Stanford University in the Fall of 2008, head coach John Whitlinger announced today.Thacher, from Studio City, Calif., and Harvard-Westlake High School is ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the nation while Klahn, from Poway, Calif., and Poway High School, is the No. 5 ranked recruit in the country.

'Both Ryan and Bradley have put together outstanding credentials, both on an off the court, and we're very excited to have them join our program,' said Whitlinger. 'They have established themselves as two of the top junior players in the country and both will have an immediate impact on our team in 2008.'

Thacher is ranked No. 1 in the USTA Boys 18s and the No.1 ranked recruit on the Tennis Recruiting.Net. He has put together a record of 59-5, including 30 wins against Blue Chip opponents, and he has eight titles in sectional, national, and international tournament play. Thacher advanced to the final at the USTA Boys 18s National Championship in Kalamazoo in August and won a Gold Ball in the most recent Winter Nationals. He also advanced to the Round of 16 in the 2007 U.S. Junior Open.

Thacher, a 6-4, 175-pound left-hander, won 46 consecutive matches in Boys 18s (and under) USTA National and Southern California Open Tournaments and 39 consecutive matches in Boys 16s (and under) USTA National and Southern California Open Tournaments.

He is a two-time National High School tennis All-American, a two-time Los Angeles Daily News Singles Player of the Year and the Southern California Boys Player of the Year in 2006.

Klahn, 6-0, 145 and also a left-hander, is ranked No. 5 in the nation. Hehas participated in the Junior U.S. Open in both singles and doubles the past two years and was a member of the 2006 U.S. Junior Davis Cup Team that competed in Barcelona, Spain.

Klahn won the International Grass Court singles title in 2007 and was the doubles champion at the U.S. National Hard Courts Championships in Kalamazoo in Boys 16s in 2006. He was a doubles finalist at the 2007 International Grass Court Championship and the 2007 Boys 18s National Clay Court Championships. He was also a semi-finalist at the 2007 Easter Bowl.

As a junior at Poway High School last season, Klahn went undefeated (42-0) while winning the 2007 San Diego Section CIF singles title.

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