Wire and Hirshman Advance To The Round Of 16 At The Pacific Coast Doubles Championships

Feb. 29, 2008

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The Stanford men's tennis team closed out the first day of the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships today at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in La Jolla, Calif. with one team advancing to the round of 16 in the championship draw, and one team advancing to the fourth round of consolation.

Freshman Greg Hirshman and his partner sophomore Richard Wire advanced to the round of 16 by winning two matches today. In the round of 64, they easily overcame USC's Jaak Poldma and Gary Sacks, 6-2, 6-1. Next, in the round of 32, they defeated Rice's Dennis Polyakov and Bruno Rosa, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. They will continue play in the championship draw in the round of 16 tomorrow at 10 a.m. against the independent team of Charles Hoeveler and Bijan Moallemi.

Despite losing their first match, the sophomore duo of Kevin Kaiser and Paul Morrissey will attempt to capture the consolation title, as they advanced to the third round of consolation on a bye, and defeated the independent team of Robert Norton and Trey Van Buskirk, 7-6(4), 6-2. They will play in the fourth round of consolation tomorrow at 9 a.m. against California's Eoin Heavey and Pierre Moullion.

The tandem of assistant coach Brandon Coupe and senior Phil Kao captured their round of 64 match against Pepperdine's Moodie Kamel and Stuart Keplar, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, but lost to UCLA's Nick Meister and Harel Srugo in the next round, ending their participation in the tournament.

Freshman Ted Kelly and junior Blake Muller also started off well, defeating the independent team of Spencer Cohen and Nicholas De Goede, 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 64, but were also unable to make it past the next round, falling to Cal's Jonathan Dahan and Kallim Stewart.

Results: Day 1 of the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships
La Jolla, Calif.

Round of 64
Kelly/Muller (S) d. Cohen/De Goede (indep.), 6-1, 6-3
Hirshman/Wire (S) d. Poldma/Sacks (USC), 6-2, 6-1
Ahmed Ismail/Josh Miller (UCLA) d. Kevin Kaiser/Paul Morrissey, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
Kao/Coupe (S) d. Moodie Kamel/Stuart Keplar (Pepp.), 6-7, 7-5, 6-1

Round of 32
Dahan/Stewart (Cal) d. Kelly/Muller (S), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Hirshman/Wire (S) d. Polyakov/Rosa (Rice), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Meister/Srugo (UCLA) d. Coupe/Kao (S), 6-0, 7-5

Consolation - Third Round
Kaiser/Morrissey (S) d. Norton/Van Buskirk (indep.), 7-6(4), 6-2

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