May 18, 1997
Stanford Advances to NCAA Semifinals
LOS ANGELES - Ryan Wolters battled back from a second set
loss to beat Texas' Paul Martin 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 as third-seeded
Stanford (24-2) advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA
Wolters' victory earned the Cardinal a 4-0 win over the Longhorns
(26-6), but the match was much tougher than the score indicated.
The Cardinal took the doubles point and freshman Mike Bryan and
junior Paul Goldstein both dispatched their Texas opponents in
straight sets to quickly give Stanford a 3-0 lead. But Texas
battled back, taking all four remaining matches to third sets
before Wolters' clincher.
The victory puts the Cardinal one step closer to setting a new
record for NCAA titles in a season. Stanford tied the UCLA record
of five NCAA titles after the women's tennis victory over Florida
today at Stanford.
The Cardinal will face Mississippi tomorrow at 2 p.m. at UCLA in
the semifinal match.
Stanford 4, Texas 0
1. Ryan Wolters (S) def. Paul Martin (T) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
2. Bob Bryan (S) vs. B.J. Stearns (T) - DNF
3. Mike Bryan (S) d. Jack Brasington (T) 6-2, 6-1
4. Paul Goldstein (S) d. Nick Crowell (T) 6-1, 6-0
5. Geoff Abrams (S) vs. Eric Allen (T) - DNF
6. Grant Elliot (S) vs. Michael Blue (T) - DNF
1. Crowell/Martin (T) d. Goldstein/Wolters (S) 8-3
2. Bryan/Bryan (S) d. Allen/Brasington (T) 8-2
3. Abrams/Elliot (S) d. Stanley/Stearns (T) 8-3
Stanford player Ryan Wolters
"I knew they were going to be tough and never give up. Even
though we were doing well at the time, I knew that it was going
to be a tough match. After the first set, I felt good, but he
(Martin) hit a couple of good shots. I missed a couple and he got
the momentum and it carried him through the second set. But I
started out the third set real well, broke him and that carried me
to the win."
Stanford head coach Dick Gould
"Ryan is a great competitor if he can just stay sharp. We've got a
Texas head coach Dave Snyder
"It was a disappointing loss, but Stanford is a good team who has
a chance to go all the way. I'm proud of our guys because they
fought hard. it gives us a good experience heading into next
- Stanford is the two-time defending NCAA champion and head coach Dick Gould's teams have won 14 NCAA team titles during his 30 years as the Cardinal mentor.
- The Cardinal have won four NCAA titles in the 1990s.
- Stanford has already won a record-tying five NCAA titles this year (men's and women's cross country, men's and women's volleyball, women's tennis).