Four Cardinal tennis players remain in contention for NCAA singles title


Seven of the top 11 nationally-ranked men's players, including Stanford junior Bradley Klahn, survived their second-round matches of the NCAA singles tournament Thursday at the Taube Family Tennis Center and will play in Friday's Round of 16, which earns them All-American status.

The ninth-ranked Klahn defeated 17th-ranked Austin Krajicekof Texas A&M, 6-1, 6-4, while No. 1 Steve Johnson of USC, No. 3 Rhyne Williams of Tennessee, No. 4 Blaz Rola of Ohio State, Virginia's fifth-ranked Michael Shabaz, Duke's eighth-ranked Henrique Cunha and No. 11 John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee also advanced.

"I thought I started off a lot better today; energized and not as sluggish as yesterday," Klahn said. "I thought I really played aggressively at the start, kind took it to him, got him off balance a little bit. I was pleased with my play."

Klahn meets No. 22 Jose Hernandez of North Carolina in the next round. Hernandez took out Florida's seventh-ranked Alexandre Lacroix, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

No. 6 Eric Quigley of Kentucky also fell, losing a third set tie-breaker, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to Mississippi's Marcel Thiemann.

"I was down four match points," Thiemann said. "Somehow, I don't know how ... somehow, I got through. He's an amazing player. He would have deserved it just as much to win."

In doubles play, Klahn and Ryan Thacher, ranked third, advanced with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Kentucky's tandem of Quigley and Brad Cox.

On the women's side, Stanford's third-ranked Hilary Barte advanced with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 19 Kelcy McKenna of Arizona State.

"I feel good. After a heartbreaking loss in the (team) finals, I'm excited to get back out on the courts and get vengeance," Barte said. "The past two years we've gotten to the final as a team and I actually think it's better to go right to the individuals. You're in a rhythm and you're in match mode. As far as the strategy, it's just a simple plan of high execution, because everyone's good."

Stanford freshman Nicole Gibbs, ranked 18th, beat USC's Danielle Lao, 6-2, 6-1, and Cardinal sophomore Stacey Tan upset No. 28 Sanaa Bhambri of North Carolina, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.

Gibbs, Stanford's No. 3 singles player, goes against Allie Will, Florida's No. 1 singles player, in the Round of 16.

Barte gets a rematch with Northwestern's 10th-ranked Maria Mosolova on Friday. The Cardinal senior beat Mosolova last Friday in the Round of 16 of the team tournament.

Tan, who played No. 4 and No. 5 singles for Stanford, meets Texas' Aeriel Ellis, who upset Washington's fourth-ranked Denise Dy in three sets.

Ellis, coached by former Stanford great Patty Fendick-McCain, became the Longhorn's first All-American in 11 years.

"Aeriel has grown up a lot between this year and last year," Fendick-McCain said, "and she has a completely different perspective on things this year. She trained hard coming into this event and came here with the right mindset. It's nice to see it come together at a really good time for her."

California's top-ranked Jana Juricova also advanced. "I trust my game and I think it shows. I'm feeling good and I'm excited for the next matches," she said.

Second-ranked Maria Sanchez of USC fell to Cal's Mari Andersson, and Michigan's eighth-ranked Denise Muresan dropped a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 decision to Georgia's Chelsea Gullickson.

Barte and Mallory Burdette, ranked third and seeded fourth, also advanced in doubles play, beating Marshall's Michaela Kissell and Dominica Zaprazna, 6-3, 6-0.

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Nationally renowned Indian restaurant expanding to Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 3 comments | 2,849 views

Summer travel: Is anything changing?
By Sherry Listgarten | 14 comments | 1,276 views

Premarital and Couples: "Our Deepest Fear" by Marianne Williamson
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,054 views

Cap On? Cap Off? Recycling Bottles is Confusing
By Laura Stec | 20 comments | 928 views

Swimming with the kids
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 687 views