Clayton, Klahn Set To Begin NCAA Singles Play

May 19, 2009

NCAA Men's Singles Draw

NCAA Tournament Central

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford sophomore No. 21 Alex Clayton and freshman No. 34 Bradley Klahn found out who they would be facing in the Round of 64 of the NCAA Singles Tournament in College Station, Texas as the draws for both the men's and women's singles and double's fields were released today.

Clayton (29-10 overall, 14-5 dual, and 10-11 versus nationally-ranked opponents), the ITA West Region Singles champion this season, will take on Baylor's No. 45 Jordan Rux at 2:30 p.m. CT, while Klahn will follow at 3:30 p.m. against ninth-ranked Steven Moneke.

Clayton, who was named an ITA All-American last season and advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual NCAA Champion Somdev Devvarman, would likely meet up with third-ranked Bryan Koniecko from Ohio State should he win his match and Koniecko defeat Florida's No. 23 Carlos Cueto and would not face any Pac-10 opponents until potentially the quarterfinal round, where he could see eighth-ranked Robert Farah of USC.

Klahn, the ITA National Rookie of the Year and Pac-10 singles and doubles champion this season, holds a 35-8 overall record (20-5 dual, 19-7 vs. nationally-ranked opponents) while playing at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions in singles, achieving his highest rank of No. 34 towards the end of the season during a streak in which he won 22 of his last 24 matches of the season.

Klahn would see the winner of Radford's Martin Sayer and East Tennessee State's Enrique Olivares should he advance past the first round and could possibly meet up with the Trojans' No. 53 Steve Johnson in the quarterfinals.

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