Matt & Sarah Kandath have started their spring tennis campaigns at their respective schools. Matt is a Senior at Stanford and he is currently playing #2. Sarah is a Sophmore at Brown and played #3 to start the season.
Depth Highlights Stanford’s Lineup
What Stanford lacks in nationally-ranked household names, it more than makes up for with increased depth. There are plenty of experienced returning players, and head coach John Whitlinger will have no shortage of options for the singles and doubles lineups. Consider this: six different players won between 16-23 matches last year, and all but one of them (Ryan Thacher) played at least one match at three different positions in the singles lineup. John Morrissey, Stanford’s only nationally-ranked singles player at No. 39, led the club in overall (23) and dual (19) victories last season. He’s a likely candidate at No. 1, while Matt Kandath is the most experienced player with 61 career dual matches under his belt.
Whitlinger says: “It’s probably going to be a work in progress all year long. We have a lot of guys who can play this year. We did well in the fall tournaments collectively and came away with some definite positives. Setting a lineup this year will be as tough as it’s ever been, and that’s a credit to the depth of this team and getting guys playing time.”
Senior Matt Kandath
2011-12: Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team honoree … finished 16-19 overall … 11-13 in duals, playing mostly at the No. 2 spot (5-5) and No. 3 position (5-8) … 5-3 in three-set matches … provided the clinching point in one match … advanced to semifinals of ITA Northwest Regional Championships … compiled an 18-14 record in doubles, playing with four different partners … 12-7 overall with Denis Lin, including a 10-4 mark at the No. 2 spot.
Whitlinger says: “I want to see what Matt can do. Last year was tough, but he is capable of beating anybody. If he gets off to a good start this year, he can be a really solid player for us. Matt is a quality doubles player for us as well, and I think we’ll see him make an impact in the lineup there.”
Stanford started out with a 7-0 win over Sacramento State. Matt won his #1 doubles match with partner John Morrissey 8-6, then came back and won his #2 singles match over Marek Marksoo 0-6, 6-3, 6-3. Next it was on to the Sherwood Cup in Thousand Oaks California. Matt lost to Mads Engsted of University of California 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2. In the Consolation Round he beat Seth Stolar of UCLA 7-5, 6-0 and lost to Antonio Lupieri of Baylor 7-5, 7-6 (3). They played additional matches and Matt lost to Eric Johnson of USC 6-2, 6-2. In the doubles, Kandath and Morrissey lost a tough match to Adrien Puget & Karue Sell 8-7 (5). They came back in the Consolation Round with an 8-2 win over Mads Engsted and Wyatt Houghton of Cal and an 8-7 (5) win of their own over Stanford teamates Maciek Romanowicz and Robert Stineman.
Stanford hosted the ITA Kickoff Weekend Tournament at the Taube Center where they started off with a disappointing loss to #26 ranked Texas A & M. Matt lost his doubles 8-6 and his singles match against Junior Ore was abandoned when the match was clinched. That left a second round matchp with #29 Texas tech which Stanford won 4-2. Morrissey and Kandath won their doubles over Gabriel Dias and Vitor Manzini 8-5 but Matt lost to Dias 6-2, 7-5. Stanford hosts BYU on February 1st.
#64 Brown started the season with an ITA Kickoff Weekend matchup against #10 Michigan. Sarah playewd #3 doubles with Nikita Uberoi. They were trailing 7-4 when the match was abandoned because the doubles piont was clinched. In the singles, she lost to Sara Lee of Michigan 6-1, 6-2. Next up was 53rd ranked Missouri where Kandath and Uberoi were the lone winners for Brown. They beat Alex Clarke and Madison Rhymer 8-4. In the singles Sarah lost to Maria Christensen 6-2, 6-4. She played #4 singles for that match. Brown returns to the courts to hosted U mass on February 1st.