PALO ALTO, Calif. ?C Arizonaˇ?s top player had a big day versus the Cardinal but it wasnˇ?t enough as the No. 55 Arizona Wildcats lost to the No. 34 Stanford Cardinal 5-2 today at the Taube Family Tennis Center in Palo Alto, Calif.
Without Jay Goldman in the lineup, the Cats knew they would all have to be on their game for a shot to beat the Cardinal.
Arizona started the day by losing the doubles point though. Claudio Christen and Pat Metham defeated Alex Clayton and Paul Morrissey for one doubles victory. But the other two Cat duoˇ?s couldnˇ?t finish the job.
In singles, Stanford overwhelmed the bottom half of Arizonaˇ?s lineup as they took courts four, five and six all in straight sets.
Although the match was already decided, the Catsˇ? senior leaders did not quit.? Christen had the task today of matching up with the second ranked player in the country, Alex Clayton. Their match would go the full three sets and Christen was able to defeat Clayton 7-6, 1-6, 6-3.
To close the day, another senior, Bruno Alcala, knocked off Blake Muller; 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The Cats will now come back home and look to get healthy as they will host Washington and Oregon next weekend.
? ?No. 34 Stanford vs. No. 55 Arizona
?Taube Family Tennis Center
?Stanford, Calif. - 03/29/08 - 1 p.m.
?Final Score: Stanford 5 - Arizona 2
?Singles Results: Stanford 4 - Arizona? 2
?Order of Finish: 5, 6, 4, 2, 1, 3
?1) #121 Claudio Christen (UA) d. #2 Alex Clayton (S), 7-6, 1-6, 6-3
?2) #56 Matt Bruch (S) d. Andres Carrasco (UA), 6-4, 6-4
?3) Bruno Alcala (UA) d. Blake Muller (S), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
?4) #91 Richard Wire (S) d. Pat Metham (UA), 6-4, 6-2
?5) Greg Hirshman (S) d. Peter Zimmer (UA), 6-2, 6-2
?6) Phil Kao (S) d. Ravid Hazi (UA), 6-2, 6-2
?Doubles Results: Stanford wins the doubles point
?Order of Finish: ?3, 1, 2
?1) Bruch/Muller (S) d. Alcala/Hazi (UA), 9-8
?2) Christen/Metham (UA) d. Clayton/Paul Morrissey (S), 9-8
?3) Hirshman/Wire (S) d. Carrasco/Zimmer (UA), 8-2
*denotes clinching victory