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No. 1 Virginia 4, No. 8 Stanford 3
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 05/20/2011

May 20, 2011


2011 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Tennis Championships
Taube Family Tennis Center - Stanford, Calif.
Saturday, May 21 - 4 p.m. - Taube Stadium
Men's Quarterfinals

#1 VIRGINIA (33-0) 4
#8 STANFORD (21-6) 3

Doubles (Order of Finish: 3, 1)
1) No. 2 Courtney/Shabaz (UVA) d. No. 3 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) 8-4
2) Jenkins/Uriguen (UVA) vs. Kandath/Lin (STAN) aban.
3) Domijan/Singh (UVA) d. Ball/Clayton (STAN) 8-5

Singles (Order of Finish: 6, 4, 2, 1, 5, 3)
1) No. 9 Bradley Klahn (STAN) d. No. 5 Michael Shabaz (UVA) 6-4, 6-2
2) No. 46 Ryan Thacher (STAN) d. No. 2 Alex Domijan (UVA) 6-4, 6-3
3) No. 34 Sanam Singh (UVA) d. No. 71 Alex Clayton (STAN) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4) No. 56 Jarmere Jenkins (UVA) d. No. 119 Denis Lin (STAN) 6-4, 6-2
5) Matt Kandath (STAN) d. Justin Shane (UVA) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
6) Julen Uriguen (UVA) d. Daniel Ho (STAN) 6-4, 6-1

Virginia Head Coach Brian Boland
"I was really proud of the guys. I think it was a situation that we needed to go through in order to get to where we wanted to get to. Our guys needed this adversity. This is our fourth year being the No. 1 seed in the tournament. And we know that it doesn't mean that we have total control."

"Sanam played a great match. Sanam looked like a fourth-year today. I'm happy for him. I've been coaching for 15 years, and I can honestly say that I've never met a better guy."

"This is a great college tennis environment, and Stanford didn't make it easy on us, but that's what makes college tennis exciting."

Virginia Senior Sanam Singh
"We knew going into the match that it was going to be very hostile. I've played in some very hostile environments before, but that was probably the most hostile I've ever played in. Everything was stacked against us."

"After 4-4 in the second set, I kind of found my second gear. Once it got to the third set it was just a dogfight. Hopefully we can enjoy this one tonight, but we've got a lot of work left to go."

Stanford Head Coach John Whitlinger
"It was a great match by my team. I'm so proud of this effort. Before the match, I told them about 2006, the crowd, and that it would be a match that they would never forget. This was a match that we will never forget. We battled the top team in the country, Virginia, and took them right down to the wire. We left it all on the table."

"I told the group, `You can look yourselves in the mirror and be happy about yourselves.' We almost pulled it off, and it would've been awesome, but it just came up a little short."

"We're going to miss [Alex Clayton]. He's a special human being. He's like a son to me. It hasn't always been easy for Alex at Stanford, and his biggest legacy is where he's leaving this program, and the foundation that we've built."

Stanford Senior Alex Clayton
"It's hard being done. I've never teared up after a match before in my life, and this is the first time. This place has given me so much, and I can never be thankful enough."

"To get here, and push the No. 1 team to the end, in the final match, at home, is the most incredible experience I've ever had in tennis."


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