No. 9 Men's Tennis To Host NCAA First And Second Rounds; Draws Sacramento State In Opener
April 28, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Stanford men's tennis team will play host to the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the first times since 2006 in its 29th NCAA Tournament appearance on May 8 and 9 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
All first and second round matches are played at campus sites. The final 16 teams square off at the NCAA Championships, hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, beginning Thursday, May 14.
The Cardinal (18-5) received the ninth seed and will battle Sacramento State (19-6) at 2 p.m. in the first round on Friday, May 8, and if it is successful against the Hornets, will play the winner of No. 17 Pepperdine (19-9) and No. 40 California (11-10) in the second round at 3 p.m. the following day. The Waves and Golden Bears will duel at Taube at 11 a.m. on Friday prior to the Stanford-Sac State match.
The Cardinal has also been selected as a host school on the women's side, with No. 13 Stanford facing Wichita State on Saturday, May 9 at 12 p.m. No. 25 LSU and No. 50 Long Beach State battle in the other first round contest at 9 a.m. The women's second round match is slated for May 10 at 1 p.m.
Ticket prices for two-day reserved tickets are as follows: $20 (all-tournament), $15 (adult/general admission) and $10 (student/child/senior general admission). Single-day tickets are priced as follows: $8 (reserved), $6 (adult/general admission) and $4 (student/child/senior general admission). Students must show a valid school ID.
Pepperdine (WCC) and Sacramento State (Big Sky) are conference champions while Stanford and Cal received at-large selection into the 64-team tournament. Six of the seven Pac-10 teams made the tournament, the only squad that did not was Oregon.
The Cardinal owns a 93-14 record in NCAA Tournament play since 1977 and are 2-0 all time against the Hornets in NCAA play, last defeating them in 2002's first round 4-0. The Waves knocked out Stanford in last year's second round 4-2, but the Cardinal hold a 3-2 all-time edge over Pepperdine in the NCAA Tournament, while Stanford is a perfect 5-0 over the Golden Bears in the postseason.
The Cardinal tied for third place in the Pac-10 this year at 3-3, and last won a NCAA Championship in 2000- the 17th in the history of the program. Stanford boasts three ranked singles players: No. 20 Alex Clayton, all All-American last season, No. 48 Bradley Klahn, the 2009 Pac-10 Singles and Doubles Champion, and No. 121 Richard Wire, and three ranked doubles pairs: No. 35 Wire and Blake Muller, No. 45 Klahn and Ryan Thacer, and No. 76 Matt Bruch and Thacher.
The 16 national seeds on the women's side are as follows: No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Mississippi, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 6 Baylor, No. 7 UCLA, No. 8 USC, No. 9 Stanford, No. 10 Florida, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 12 Texas, No. 13 Illinois, No. 14 Alabama, No. 15 Texas A&M and No. 16 Florida State.