April 23, 1998
OJAI, Calif. - The top-ranked and defending national champion Stanford men's and women's tennis teams opened the 1998 Pac-10 Championships in nearly flawless fashion, combining for 17 wins in 19 matches. The Pac-10 singles championships are divided into two draws - Pac-10 singles and Invitational singles. The Pac-10 Championships are held in conjunction with the 98th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament in Ojai, Calif. Doubles play will begin tomorrow.
The Stanford men posted a perfect opening day with all eight competitors winning each of their matches. In Pac-10 bracket, sophomore Bob Bryan, the 1997 Pac-10 singles champion, and junior Ryan Wolters, currently ranked eighth and 30th in the nation, respectively, each picked up two wins to advance to the quarterfinals. Bob Bryan began defense of his title with a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win over Washington's Sasha Rampazzo before defeating California's Bobby Mahal 6-3, 6-3 in the Round of 16. With the pair of wins, Bryan, who has lost just one match all season to a Pac-10 opponent, extended his win streak to 15 matches and his overall record to 29-4. Wolters also moved through the opening rounds with ease. He opened with a 6-2, 6-2 over Oregon's Memo Carter and then avenged one of his only two losses on the season by defeating Washington's Robert Kendrick 6-2, 6-1 in the Round of 16. Wolters, who upped his record to 30-2 and his win streak to 22 matches, had lost to Kendrick (7-6, 6-4) in the quarterfinals of the Rolex Northwest Regional. Wolter's only other loss this season came against teammate Mike Bryan in the championship match of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic. Sophomore Mike Bryan and senior Paul Goldstein, ranked 11th and 28th, respectively, were victorious in their first round matches, with Mike Bryan defeating Arizona State's Tim Hammond 6-1, 6-2 and Goldstein topping Cal's Minh Le 6-0, 7-5. Both were unable to complete second round play as the tournament was halted due to rain. They will take the court again at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow. Goldstein improved to 23-1 on the season while Mike Bryan ran his record to 32-2.
In the Men's Invitational bracket, freshman Alex Kim and sophomore Geoff Abrams, who each received an opening round bye, advanced to the quarterfinal round. Kim rebounded from a 6-4 opening game loss to defeat UCLA's Brandon Kramer 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 while Abrams took Cal's Scott Kintz in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 for his 36th win of the season - the best mark on the squad. Freshman Scotty Scott advanced to the quarterfinals with victories over Arizona's Mike Huss (6-0, 6-1) and Washington's Nick Quatrochi (6-4, 6-1). Senior Charles Hoeveler defeated opened with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Arizona's Adnan Nova. Hoeveler's second round match with UCLA's Jason Cook was postponed until tomorrow morning.
In the women's Pac-10 bracket, two-time defending Pac-10 singles champion Julie Scott began defense of her title with straight-set victories in her first two matches to improve to 36-6 on the season. Scott, a senior who is currently ranked sixth in the nation, opened with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over UCLA's Elizabeth Schmidt before downing USC's Jacqui Boyd 6-0, 6-2 in the second round. The meeting with Boyd was the third between the two this month - all won by Scott. Sophomore Teryn Ashley, currently ranked 18th in the country, upped her team-best win total to 37 with wins over Arizona State's Alison Nash (6-2, 6-2) and Oregon's Alina Wygonowska (2-6, 6-1, 6-1). Senior Ania Bleszynski continued her impressive play with a 7-6 (0), 6-3 upset win over 19th-ranked Vicky Maes of Arizona in the first round, running her win streak to 10 matches. Freshman Sarah Pestieau suffered the Cardinal's only loss in the bracket, falling to Arizona's Betsy Miringoff 4-6, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round.
In the Women's Invitational bracket, sophomore Jennifer Heiser extended her winning streak to 11 matches with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Arizona's Joanna Buczkowska in the second round. Heiser, who received an opening round bye, improved to 30-4 on the season. Junior Marisa Maclennan fell in the opening round to Washington's Jenny Svanfeldt 6-3, 7-6 (0).
Men's Pac-10 Singles:
Bob Bryan (Stanford) d. Sasha Rampazzo (Washington) 6-0, 6-1
Ryan Wolters (Stanford) d. Memo Carter (Oregon) 6-2, 6-2
Paul Goldstein (Stanford) d. Minh Le (California) 6-0, 7-5
Mike Bryan (Stanford) d. Tim Hammond (Arizona State) 6-1, 6-2
Bob Bryan (Stanford) d. Bobby Mahal (California) 6-3, 6-3
Wolters (Stanford) d. Robert Kendrick (Washington) 6-2, 6-1
Men's Invitational Singles:
Scotty Scott (Stanford) d. Mike Huss (Arizona) 6-0, 6-1
Charles Hoeveler (Stanford) d. Adnan Nova (Arizona) 7-5, 6-3
Alex Kim (Stanford) d. Brandon Kramer (UCLA) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6
Geoff Abrams (Stanford) d. Scott Kintz (California) 6-3, 6-3
Scott (Stanford) d. Nick Quatrochi (Washington) 6-4, 6-1
Women's Pac-10 Singles:
Julie Scott (Stanford) d. Elizabeth Schmidt (UCLA) 6-3, 7-5
Teryn Ashley (Stanford) d. Alison Nash (Arizona State) 6-2, 6-2
Ania Bleszynski (Stanford) d. Vicky Maes (Arizona) 7-6 (0), 6-3
Betsy Miringoff (Arizona) d. Sarah Pestieau (Stanford) 4-6, 6-0, 6-0
Scott (Stanford) d. Jacqui Boyd (USC) 6-0, 6-2
Ashley (Stanford) d. Alina Wygonowska (Oregon) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
Women's Invitational Singles:
Jenny Svanfeldt (Washington) d. Marisa Maclennan (Stanford) 6-3, 7-6 (0)
Jennifer Heiser (Stanford) d. Joanna Buczkowska (Arizona) 6-1, 6-0