Kandath clinches Cardinal Pac-10 tennis victory

Stanford's Carter a double-winner at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational

Matt Kandath made sure the Stanford men's tennis team stayed on its late-season roll Saturday, picking up a hard-earned victory at No. 5 singles to clinch a 4-3 victory over visiting California in the Pac-10 regular-season finale.

Alex Clayton and Bradley Klahn also won their singles matches as the eighth-ranked Cardinal (5-1, 19-5) finished second in the Pac-10 behind USC. Stanford takes a 10-match winning streak into the postseason.

The Cardinal probably will host the first two round of the NCAA tournament, which means it doesn't have to travel throughout the tournament. The men's and women's combined tournament will be played at Taube Family Tennis Center May 19-30.

Clayton and fellow seniors Greg Hirshman and Ted Kelly were honored between doubles play and singles competition. The trio helped Stanford to an overall record of 79-42 while making three NCAA Tournament appearances and earning a share of last year's Pac-10 title with USC.

Stanford competes at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai this weekend.

Track and field

Stanford's Katerina Stefanidi went 14-4 to win the pole vault at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley on Saturday.

Cardinal freshman Kori Carter was a double-winner, racing to victory in both the 100 and 200. Cardinal Eda Karesin threw the javelin 155-5 to win that event.

On the men's side, Amaechi Morton ran a season-best of 49.69 to win the 400 intermediate hurdles for Stanford.


Ashley Hansen ripped her Pac-10 leading 20th double, driving in a run, but it was host California that came out on top, 4-1, Saturday in the series finale.

The Cardinal (6-6, 32-10) travels to UC Davis for a nonconference Tuesday before hosting Washington in a three-game set beginning Friday night.

Corey Hanewich and Sarah Hassman each had two hits for Stanford

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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