Three Cardinal Honored On Pac-10 Men's Tennis All-Conference Teams
May 4, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. -
Stanford's Bradley Klahn was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and joined teammate Alex Clayton as first-team All-Pac-10 selections, as the conference awards were announced today. Freshman Ryan Thacher was also honored, earning a spot on the All-Pac-10 second team. The awards are determined by a vote of the league's coaches.
Klahn's selection as Freshman of the Year is the third such honor in four years for the Cardinal, as Clayton was designated last year and Matt Bruch was the top rookie in 2006, and is the fifth Stanford player to earn the distinction since the awards inception in 2000. The Poway, Calif., native has racked up an impressive 33-7 overall record, 18-4 dual record, in his debut at Stanford. The rookie is currently ranked No. 34 in the Campbell's ITA top-125 and is 18-6 versus nationally ranked opponents this season. Klahn made a name for himself at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., winning both the Singles and Doubles titles. He defeated five opponents in straight sets to win his first Pac-10 singles crown. He is one of five Pac-10 players to earn an at-large bid into the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Klahn and doubles partner Thacher are 10-3 overall and 5-0 against ranked opponents. The pair will be one of six alternates for the upcoming NCAA Doubles Championships.
Clayton, last year's ITA National Rookie of the Year has gone 28-10 overall this season while dispatching 10 nationally-ranked opponents. Clayton is ranked No. 21 on the Campbell's ITA National Rankings headed into the postseason and also qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship. Earlier in the season he captured the ITA West Regional Singles Championship by defeating Klahn in the final 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and nearly made the Pac-10 singles final yet another all-Stanford affair, but fell in the semifinals to USC's Steve Johnson.
Thacher, another highly touted freshman who spent most of his time at the No. 3 singles spot for the Cardinal, accumulated an 18-8 overall record and picked up four wins over nationally-ranked opponents. His biggest individual win came over No. 63 Joseph Burkhardt in Stanford's opening victory over No. 7 Florida at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.