Cardinal To Host Cashin Company Presents: Stanford Challenge

Jan. 30, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 42 Stanford Men's Tennis team will host their first dual-matches of the spring this weekend at Taube Tennis Center on the Stanford Campus. The Cardinal will take on two PAC-10 foes in ninth-ranked UCLA on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and sixth-ranked USC on Saturday at 1 p.m. - weather permitting - in the Cashin Company presents: Stanford Challenge.

The Cardinal head into the weekend looking for their first dual-match win after suffering defeats to No. 23 ranked Tulsa, 4-3, and second-ranked Georgia, 7-0, last weekend in Tulsa, Okla. Prior to that Stanford participated in the Sherwood Collegiate Cup in Westlake Village, Calif., where the doubles duo of Ted Kelly and Blake Muller reached the final but fell to Baylor's Atilla Bucko and Denes Lukacs, 9-7.

While the national-rankings were updated on January 29, not one of this weekend's Stanford Challenge participants changed ranks from the previous list. Virginia, Georgia, Ohio State, Baylor, and Mississippi currently reside as the top five in the polls, respectively.

Stanford currently has four nationally-ranked singles players. The rankings reflect pre-season selections (Jan. 8). Second-ranked freshman Alex Clayton leads the pack with an 10-3 record against nationally-ranked opponents, while fellow freshman Ted Kelly sits at No. 41, sophomore Richard Wire at No. 75, and junior Matt Bruch at No. 96.

UCLA will be coming in fresh off Tuesday's 5-2 victory at home over No. 16 Pepperdine, their first dual-match of the spring. The Bruins lost the doubles point, but came back to capture five singles matches for the win. Two upsets fueled the Bruins as unranked freshman Holden Seguso defeated No. 73 James Lemke, 7-5, 6-1, in his dual-match debut at No. 3 Singles and unranked senior Harel Srugo upset No. 22 Andre Begemann at No. 1 Singles, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to clinch the Bruins' triumph over the Waves. UCLA currently boasts two nationally-ranked singles players, No. 32 Mathieu Dehaine and No. 38 Haythem Abid.

USC has been able to complete three home dual-matches in between rainy weather so far this spring, and has been successful in all of them, defeating San Diego, 5-2, UC Irvine, 6-1, and San Diego State, 6-1. USC has two ranked singles players in ninth-ranked Robert Farah and Gary Sacks at No. 43. In doubles, the Trojans hold the second-ranked pair of Farah and Kaes Van't Hof. The Trojans will head to Berkeley for Friday's match against the Golden Bears before meeting Stanford on Saturday.

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