Ups and Downs for Tennis

The Stanford women's tennis team survived a battle in doubles, then rolled to victory in singles to advance to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, beating Texas A&M, 4-1. The men got off to a good start with a sweep of UC-Santa Barbara in Saturday's first round of the tournament and then fell just short of upsetting Pepperdine on Sunday.

No. 4 Stanford women 4, No. 31 Texas A&M 1
(1) No. 3 Hilary Barte d. No. 104 Elze Potgieter 6-0, 6-2
(2) No. 13 Jessica Nguyen led Christi Liles 7-5, 5-0
(3) Anna Blagodarova d. No. 65 Celia Durkin 6-2, 6-1
(4) No. 66 Lindsay Burdette led Morgan Frank 6-4, 5-2
(5) No. 68 Whitney Deason d. Tiffany Clifford 6-3, 6-3
(6) No. 95 Carolyn McVeigh d. Stephanie Davidson 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 5

(1) No. 9 Barte/Burdette d. No. 51 Blagodarova/Clifford 8-1
(2) Liles/Potgieter d. No. 49 Deason/Nguyen 8-6
(3) Durkin/McVeigh d. Davidson/Frank 9-8 (2)
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

Pepperdine 4, Stanford men 2
1) No. 11 Andre Begemann d. No. 7 Alex Clayton, 6-0, 6-3
2) No. 37 Bassam Beidas d. No. 80 Matt Bruch, 6-0, 6-4
3) No. 124 Richard Wire vs. No. 117 Omar Altmann, 7-6, 3-6, 1-1
4) Blake Muller d. James Lemke, 6-4, 6-0
5) Mahmoud Kamel d. Phil Kao, 7-5, 6-0
6) Rikus de Villiers d. Greg Hirshman, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 5, 2, 4, 6

1) Muller/Bruch d. No. 24 Begemann/Altmann, 8-4
2) Clayton/Kelly vs. Beidas/de Villiers, 6-6
3) Wire/Hirshman d. Lemke/Kamel, 8-5

Women's Doubles

The Cardinal's top team of freshman Hilary Barte and sophomore Lindsay Burdette, ranked ninth in the NCAA, won easily in the first match, 8-1, but the Aggies won at No. 2 doubles to even things up. There, Christi Liles and Elze Potgieter rallied to beat senior Whitney Deason and junior Jessica Nguyen, 8-6, leaving it up to senior Celia Durkin and freshman Carolyn McVeigh to determine the winner of the doubles point. That duo managed to hold off Stephanie Davidson and Morgan Frank to clinch the doubles point with a strong finish in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-2).

Women's Singles

After the excitement of the doubles round, singles went more smoothly for the Cardinal. After skipping singles in the first round to rest a lingering injury, Barte beat Potgieter at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-2. Anna Blagdarova earned Texas A&M's only point of the day with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Durkin at the No. 3 spot. But McVeigh beat Davidson, 6-3, 6-0 in No. 6 singles, and Deason clinched the victory with a 6-3, 6-3 finish. Nguyen and Burdette were both within a game of beating their opponents when the Cardinal claimed the win.

Women: Next Up

The victory sends Stanford into the Round of 16, where the Cardinal will face No. 13 Clemson on Thursday in Tulsa, Okla. The Tigers beat Winthrop and Michigan in the first two rounds and are currently on a twelve-match winning streak dating back to March 22. Carol Salge was named the Most Valuable Player three weeks ago in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, which Clemson won as the fourth seed.

Thursday's winner will face either Baylor or Miami in the quarterfinals next Saturday.

Once the women's team tournament is over, Barte and Nguyen will play in the women's singles draw, while Barte will also compete in doubles with her partner Burdette.

Men's First Round

The Cardinal shut out UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday to earn a shot at Pepperdine. Sophomore Richard Wire and freshman Greg Hirshman gave Stanford its first win of the day at No. 3 doubles and junior Blake Muller and junior Matt Bruch won a highly competitive tiebreaker to give the doubles point to the Cardinal.

In singles, freshman Alex Clayton led the way with a 6-1, 6-4 win in the first match. Hirshman put the Cardinal within a point of victory, winning 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6 singles. Muller then clinched a second-round spot with a 6-3, 6-1 finish at No. 4 singles. The entire lineup was playing well for Stanford, with Bruch, Wire and senior Phil Kao each up a set when the match ended.

Men's Second Round

Against the No. 13 Waves on Sunday, the Cardinal claimed the doubles point with wins in the first and third matches. Muller and Bruch won 8-4 at No. 1 doubles, while Wire and Hirshman won 8-5 in the third spot.

In singles, Pepperdine won at the top two spots, both in straight sets. Clayton lost to Andre Begemann, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 1 and Bruch fell to Bassam Beidas, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 2. Mahmoud Kamel beat Kao at No. 5 singles to put the Waves within a point of victory, but Muller kept the Cardinal alive with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 4.

Stanford needed to win both the remaining matches to advance. Wire did his party initially, winning the first set at No. 3 singles in a tiebreak, before Omar Altmann came back to win the second 6-3.

At the No. 6 spot, Hirshman lost the first set in a tiebreak to Rikus de Villiers, but rebounded in the second, 6-3. Wire was tied with Altmann 1-1 in the third set when de Villiers claimed the win with a 6-2 finish.

Stanford ends its season 13-9 overall. For Clayton, though, there is still some tennis to be played. Ranked seventh in the nation, he will participate in the NCAA Singles Tournament in two weeks.

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