Jan 16, 2019
BURLINGAME, Calif. – No. 10 Stanford men's tennis team swept Santa Clara, 5-0, late Tuesday night at the Broadway Tennis Center after inclement weather forced the 2019 dual match season opener to be moved from Stanford to the indoor courts.
Despite losing its home court advantage, the Cardinal, featuring four singles players ranked in the top-101, showcased its fire power against the Broncos who were picked to finish second (along with BYU and LMU) in the West Coast Conference.
Bronco junior Jesus Tapiador Barajas who played singles on court one for the first time in his career, went toe to toe with No. 20 Axel Geller before falling in three sets, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4.
In doubles action, the Stanford duo of Sameer Kumar and Timothy Sah defeated Santa Clara's Vasileios Iliopoulos and Arthur Neuhaus, 6-2, on court two. The Cardinal clinched the doubles point on court three when Michael Genender and Jack Barber took care of Connor Garnett and Robert Seby, 6-3.
Broncos' Andrew Gu and Jesus Tapiador Barajas played out its match on court one dropping a close one, 7-6, against Axel Geller and Alexandre Rotsaert.
In singles action, No. 64 Alexandre Rotsaert took care of Andrew Gu, 6-2, 6-2, on court two to earn the second point for the Cardinal. No. 101 William Genesen beat Connor Garnett, 6-4, 6-2, before Jack Barber clinched the match beating Robert Seby, 7-6(5), 6-3.
Santa Clara returns to action on Jan. 27 against UC Santa Cruz and Sonoma State in the home opener at Degheri Tennis Center.
DOUBLES (Order of finish: 2,3,1)
SINGLES (Order of finish: 2,3,6,1)
1) No. 20 Axel Geller (STAN) d. Jesus Tapiador Barajas (SC) 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4
2) No. 64 Alexandre Rotsaert (STAN) d. Andrew Gu (SC) 6-2, 6-2
3) No. 101 William Genesen (STAN) d. Connor Garnett (SC) 6-4, 6-2
4) No. 29 Sameer Kumar (STAN) vs. Vasileios Iliopoulos (SC) UNF
5) Michael Genender (STAN) vs. Arthur Neuhaus (SC) UNF
6) Jack Barber (STAN) d. Robert Seby (SC) 7-6 (5), 6-3