Stanford Beats Cal In 'The Big Smash'

Feb. 26, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - On a beautiful night for tennis at the Taube Family Tennis Center, the No. 37 Stanford men's tennis team defeated No. 28 California tonight, 5-2, in front of several Stanford fans and students. The win marks their second straight upset victory, having defeated No. 28 Boise State last Friday. The match, which was originally scheduled for last Saturday but was moved due to rainy weather, concludes the Cardinal's seven-game home stand in which they went 4-3.

Stanford opened the match by picking up the doubles point, as junior Matt Bruch and freshman Ted Kelly got things rolling with an 8-3 defeat of Cal's Pedro Zerbini and Geoff Chizever at No. 2 doubles. Moments later, freshman Alex Clayton and junior Blake Muller also recorded an 8-3 victory in No. 1 doubles over the Bears' Eoin Heavey and Pierre Moullion, sealing the point for the Cardinal. Stanford was thwarted from sweeping doubles in the third match though, as Cal's Kallim Stewart and Bozhidar Katsarov were able to sneak a close one away from sophomore Richard Wire and freshman Gregory Hirshman, 9-7.

Stanford was dominant in the top three spots, and jumped out to a 3-0 overall lead with No. 2 Clayton's easy victory over Stewart in No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-0, and No. 72 Bruch's defeat of Heavey in the No. 2 spot, 7-6, 6-2. Cal would then win at No. 5 singles, making it 3-1, but No. 62 Wire shot down any hopes of a Cal comeback by vanquishing Moullion in the No. 3 position, 7-6, 6-2, sealing the Cardinal's success.

Hirshman achieved the final Stanford victory of the night in No. 6 singles and the last match to end, beating Ken Nakahara, who stepped in for Katsarov after the doubles matches, 6-3, 7-5.

'It was a great win for the team tonight,' said head coach John Whitlinger. 'It was a great atmosphere for college tennis, playing under the lights on a beautiful evening,' he added. 'Cal is a good team and we respect them a lot. Our guys stepped up tonight and did a great job, and this will carry over into the Pacific Coast Doubles this coming weekend.'

Stanford improves to 4-5 on the season with this evening's triumph. The Cardinal, who arguably have one of the toughest schedules in NCAA Division I tennis, will continue action this weekend as they travel to La Jolla, Calif. for the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships. Stanford will send four doubles teams to the tournament to face opponents from Pepperdine, UCLA, Cal, USC, San Diego State, UC San Diego, Texas A & M, Rice, Claremont McKenna, Fresno State and Notre Dame. Draws will be announced later this week, stay tuned to for more information.

No. 37 Stanford vs. No. 29 California - 'The Big Smash'
Taube Family Tennis Center
Stanford, Calif. - 02/26/08 - 4:30 p.m.
Conditions: Clear, Mid 60's
Final Score: Stanford 5 - California 2

Singles Results: Stanford 4 - California 2
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 5, 3, 4, 6
1) #2 Alex Clayton (S) d. Kallim Stewart (C), 6-4, 6-0
2) #72 Matt Bruch (S) d. Eoin Heavey (C), 7-6, 6-2
3) #62 Richard Wire (S) d. Pierre Moullion (C), 7-6, 6-2
4) Pedro Zerbini (C) d. Blake Muller (S), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
5) Bozhidar Katsaraov (C) d. Phil Kao (S), 6-4, 6-2
6) Gregory Hirshman (S) d. Ken Nakahara (C), 6-3, 7-5

Doubles Results: 2, 1, 3
Order of Finish: Stanford wins the doubles point
1) Muller/Clayton (S) d. Heavey/Moullion (C), 8-3
2) Bruch/Ted Kelly (S) d. Zerbini/Geoff Chizever (C), 8-3
3) Stewart/Katsarov (C) d. Hirshman/Wire (S), 9-7

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