In the previous post we told you about Stanford winning their first two matches in the National Team Indoor Championships at home against #64 St. Mary‘s and #50 Santa Clara. Stanford – #9 in the country started out with a win on Friday in Charlottesville, North Carolina against #7 Baylor. Not only was Baylor ranked higher than Stanford, but Stanford came in with a 12 match losing streak against the Baylor Bears. Despite losing the doubles point and falling behind 1-0, Stanford stormed back with four singles wins to secure the match. The Cardinal received a boost to its lineup, as two-time All-American and 2010 NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn returned to action after missing the first nine matches due to injury.
New rankings came out since the matches covered by my last posting. Stanford dropped from 6th to 9th in the country. Matt Kandath – who was formerly ranked 75th in the country – is no longer ranked. His opponent for this match was 100th ranked Roberto Maytin. We’ll never know how it would have turned out. The match was abandoned when Stanford clinched a victory. Ryan Thacher provided the clincher with a 7-5, 7-5 triumph over Mate Zsiga at the No. 1 spot. In doubles, Kandath and Lin lost 8-6 to Marko Krickovic and Robert Verzaal.
Next up was #2 Virginia. The Cavaliers proved to be too much for the Cardinals. Virginia won 4-1. The day started out well for Stanford as Klahn and Thacher beat Virginia’s Courtney and Jenkins – the #12 doubles team in the country. Kandath and Lin beat Domijan and Rooda. Domojan and Rooda are the #42 ranked doubles team. But in the singles, Virginia, which has 3 singles players ranked in the top 50, came up with wins in the first 4 singles matches to finish. The match was abandoned at that point. Matt lost 6-3, 6-1 to Alex Domijan.
Stanford bounced back to beat #6 Kentucky in the Consolation round. Kandath and Lin took out Kentucky’s Tom Jomby and Anthony Rossi 9-7. In singles, his match against Rosi (13th in the country) was abandoned when Stanford clinched.