No. 9 Men's Tennis Set For NCAA Round of 16 Matchup With No. 8 USC
May 12, 2009
Stanford In The Hunt For Program’s 18th NCAA Championship
No. 9 Stanford (20-5, 3-3 Pac-10) in its 30th tournament appearance, returns to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2006. The ninth-seeded Cardinal will face Pac-10 foe No. 8 USC, which received the eighth seed, on Thursday, May 14 at 12 p.m. CT at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M. The winner of that match will play the winner of top-seeded Virginia and Florida State on May 16.
Both the men’s and women’s championships are being held in College Station, Texas this year, and an all-session ticket will give you access to all 12 days of championship action. All-session tickets are $78 for adults, $35 for youths, and $108 for Stadium Club access (covered seating). General admission tickets for a single day are $10 for adults, $4 for youth/students, and $12 for Stadium Club. For more ticket information, please visit http://12thmanfoundation.com/tickets/sport_tennis_m.asp.
The Road To The Title
The 16 teams advancing out of the opening weekend square off at the NCAA Championships starting Thursday, May 14. Matches will then occur every two days, culminating with the national championship match on Tuesday, May 19 following the semifinals on May 18. Along with the possibility of meeting the Cavaliers and the Seminoles in the quarterfinals, Stanford could see Georgia, Illinois, Tennessee, or Texas in the semifinals, before meeting the other side of the bracket in the finals.
Meetings on the court between The Cardinal and the Trojans are always extremely competitive and dramatic, and the upcoming match should fit that bill. USC finished second in the Pac-10, going 5-1 and only dropping one match to UCLA, while Stanford, which finished third in conference play, split this season’s matchups with USC, defeating them in the first meeting 4-3 in Los Angeles, only to have the favor returned by the Trojans at Stanford during the Pac-10 season that ended in epic fashion at No. 3 singles, as Abdullah Magdas had the ball fall his way in a hard-fought 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 7-5 decision over Ryan Thacher. At the Pac-10 Championships, the Cardinal were able to exact some revenge on USC, as the freshman duo of Bradley Klahn and Thacher were able to take down the nation’s No. 2 pair from USC, Robert Farah and Steve Johnson, on their way to a Pac-10 doubles title. Klahn was also able to wrestle away the Pac-10 singles title, defeating Johnson in the final. Stanford is 58-52 all time versus the Trojans since 1972, and 4-3 against them in NCAA play. Last time the two teams met, in 2004, USC got the better of the Cardinal 4-0.
Stanford All-Time In NCAA Tournament
Stanford owns a 95-14 record in the postseason since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1977. During that time, Stanford has won 17of 32 possible NCAA team titles, and its last in 2000. The Cardinal last participated in the NCAA Tournament in 2008, falling to Pepperdine in the second round, 4-2.
Stanford Against the NCAA Tournament Field
Stanford owns a 4-4 record against teams remaining in the NCAA Tournament. Clayton, Klahn, Thacher Represent Stanford In NCAA Singles, Doubles Alex Clayton and Bradley Klahn were the lone Stanford players selected to compete in the NCAA Championships singles draw. Additionally, the Cardinal’s No. 1 doubles team of Klahn and Ryan Thacher was selected as an alternate for the doubles draw.
Getting the Early Lead
Stanford has captured the doubles point in 16 of its 25 matches so far this year (only 23 matches had the doubles point contested), and has gone on to win 15 of those matches. That includes five sweeps, the most recent coming on Apr. 15 against San Francisco.
• Stanford’s record when winning the doubles point: 16-1
• Stanford’s record when losing the doubles point: 5-4
• Last time Stanford lost doubles point, won match: Feb. 21 at California (W, 5-2)
• Last time Stanford won doubles point, lost match: May 9 vs. Pepperdine (W, 4-1)