Stanford Matches Up Against Boise State And California This Weekend

Feb. 20, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 37 Stanford men's tennis team will finish out their seven-game home stand this weekend - weather permitting - at the Taube Family Tennis Center with two matches against No. 28 Boise State on Friday and No. 29 California on Saturday. Friday's match against the Broncos is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start time, and Saturday's match against Pac-10 rival Cal will take place at 1 p.m.

The newest ITA team rankings were released today, and the Cardinal found itself rising three places to No. 37. New individual rankings were also released, with the last ones being dated January 5. Freshman Alex Clayton remains the second-ranked player in the nation behind Virginia's Somdev Devvarman, while sophomore Richard Wire moved up 13 places to No. 62, and junior Matt Bruch increased from No. 96 to No. 72.

Stanford last faced then fourth-ranked Baylor in the HP Cup. The Cardinal fell 5-2 in that match, winning the doubles point by capturing No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, and the No. 2 singles match in which Bruch defeated the No. 10* player in the nation, Denes Lukacs, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7).

Clayton leads the Cardinal with a 15-3 overall record, while Wire has posted 12 victories on the season. Wire, along with freshman teammate Greg Hirshman have been a force at No. 3 doubles, going 8-3 overall.

Boise State currently holds a 6-6 overall record (5-4 in dual-matches) heading into Friday's match after starting the season hot, going on a six game losing streak, and finally breaking the slump at the National Team Indoor Championships last weekend in Seattle. Their last two dual matches, against No. 8* UCLA and No. 6* USC on February 8 and 9, resulted in 7-0 and 5-2 losses respectively. Boise St. then went on to lose their first two matches in Seattle, but beat No. 10* Alabama in the consolation rounds to finish out tournament play.

The Broncos are led by brothers Luke and Clancy Shields. Luke, a senior, is ranked No. 64 in singles, while Clancy, a junior, checks in at No. 60. Together, they make the No. 55 doubles team in the country.

Cross-bay rival Cal is 4-3 overall, having played only dual matches and not yet participated in any tournaments this spring. The Golden Bears, like Stanford and Boise State, have also lost to UCLA and USC this season, but most recently defeated No. 70* Utah, 5-2, at home on February 9.

The Bears are highlighted by freshman Bozhidar Katsarov who holds a 17-7 overall record in singles and senior Ken Nakahara at 13-6. Cal's top doubles team is the pair of junior Geoff Chizever and freshman Pedro Zerbini who hold a 12-2 record.

Admission to this weekend's competitions are free. After this weekend's matches, the Cardinal will travel to La Jolla, Calif. for the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament beginning on February 23.

*NOTE: All previous rankings were current at the time the match was played

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