No. 30 Stanford Resumes Play With Three Matches After Two Week Break From Competition
March 21, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford men's tennis team will get back into the swing of things on Monday after 15 days without a competition due to dead week and final exams. The Cardinal will have three home matches this coming week. First up will be No. 75 Brown on March 24. Stanford will then begin Pac-10 matches on Friday and Saturday in rematches against Arizona and Arizona State.
During the break, the Cardinal reached their highest ranking of the spring at No. 29 on March 11, but have settled into No. 30 in the rankings released on March 18. Freshman Alex Clayton remains the second-ranked singles player in the nation with a 19-4 record overall and holds a 12-3 record over nationally-ranked opponents. Junior Matt Bruch moved up twenty places to No. 56 thanks to a current three-match winning streak in singles in which he defeated the No. 108 and No. 49 players in the nation. Sophomore Richard Wire remains in the Top-100 after dropping six notches into No. 91.
Monday's match against Brown will begin at noon and is part of a doubleheader with the women's team. The men's match will be followed with the No. 5 Stanford women taking on No. 66 Cal Poly. Brown is 7-8 in dual contests this season, and have played a majority of their matches on home turf. The Bears have traveled just twice this season, losing both matches in North Carolina to Wake Forest and Davidson, and going 1-2 in the Blue Gray Invitational in Montgomery, Ala. Their only victory on the road came against Fresno State, 4-1. Five of the Ivy League squad's wins have been 7-0 shutouts.
Matches counting towards the Pac-10 regular season title will begin on Friday for the Cardinal as they have a rematch set with No. 51 Arizona at 1:30 p.m. Stanford will be looking to dispatch the Wildcats for the second time this season as they defeated them 4-3 on March 7 in Tucson. The Wildcats will have to face a tough Arizona State team on March 22 before heading to California. Like Stanford, the Wildcats have also had a long break, not having competed since the day after losing to Stanford, when they also lost to California 4-3. Arizona has two ranked singles players in No. 109 Jay Goldman and No. 121 Claudio Christen. Together the two make the nation's No. 56 doubles team.
On Saturday, Stanford will try to upset No. 11 Arizona State at 1 p.m. and redeem the 4-3 loss suffered to the Sun Devils on March 8. Arizona State holds a perfect 11-0 record in dual matches and most recently defeated the second-ranked team in the country, Georgia Tech, 6-1 in Atlanta on March 14. In the same weekend, the Sun Devils also dispatched No. 34 Clemson, 6-1. Arizona State features the No. 62 singles player in Andres Arango and the No. 53 doubles team of T.J Bellama and Matt Brooklyn.
Admission to all three matches at the Taube Family Tennis Center is free.
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