Brandon, JJ, and I were very pleased with our fall season. The team worked extremely hard in practice, and strength and conditioning. Our strength coach (Jason Quan) did an outstanding job with the team this fall.
We had some excellent results in the early season tournaments. Freshman Alex Clayton qualified and got to the quarter-finals of the ITA All-American tournament in Tulsa. He also made it to the semi-finals of the ITA Individual Indoors in Columbus. Sophomore Richard Wire won the ITA Regionals in Seattle. He also made it to the doubles final with freshman Greg Hirshman. They lost to teammates junior Blake Muller and freshman Ted Kelly. These results have led to some very good regional singles rankings: Clayton #1, Wire #6, Matt Bruch #9. In doubles, Muller/Kelly #2, Wire/Hirshman #4, Clayton/Bruch #7.
The team spent Thanksgiving week in Hawaii for the 33rd annual trip. We were hosted once again by the Wailea Tennis Club in Maui. We defeated Hawaii 6-1 on November 20.
We are looking forward to the start of the dual match season. We are starting out with a tough road trip to Tulsa. We will play a very good Tulsa team, as well as the defending NCAA champion Georgia Bulldogs. We then come back home to play UCLA and USC. It will be a good test for the team right out of the blocks. We have some very good inter-sectional matches at home versus Baylor and Boise State. The Pac-10 matches will be very competitive as always.
Before the dual matches start we have a tournament at the Sherwood Country Club January 18-21.
Thank you for all your support. Hope to see you at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium this season. GO CARD!!
Matt Bruch Junior – Lake Forest, IL
Alex Clayton Freshman – Plantation, FL
Kevin Kaiser Sophomore – Saratoga, CA
Phil Kao Senior – Cupertino, CA
Ted Kelly Freshman – Owings Mills, MD
Greg Hirshman Freshman – La Jolla, CA
Paul Morrissey Sophomore – Dublin, Ireland
Blake Muller Junior – Santa Barbara, CA
Richard Wire Sophomore – Essex, England
Jeff Zeller Junior – Centennial, CO