Stanford Sweeps Men's Tennis|
April 4, 1998
Stanford, Calif. - The number one ranked Stanford men's tennis team defeated USC, 6-0, today at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. The teams played all six singles matches, but did not play doubles because of the length of the match. Stanford improved to a perfect 18-0 overall and 7-0 in the Pac-10, while USC is now 13-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference. Stanford has now won 29 consecutive dual matches and has still lost only one singles dual match all season.
Rain continued to play a factor in matches as the teams had to stop play for about one hour after playing four games in each match. After the delay, Stanford came out strong. In both number one and number two singles, Stanford was down 1-3 going into the delay. When play resumed, senior Paul Goldstein won four consecutive games and won the set 6-4. Goldstein and USC's George Bastl battled back and forth in the second set before Goldstein won again, 6-4. Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan captured the first two points for Stanford with straight set victories. At number two singles, Ryan Wolters had to go to three sets to defeat USC's Roman Kukal, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
"This was a great victory for us. These guys (USC) are a very good team and I'm proud of the way our guys played," said Stanford Head Coach Dick Gould. "Paul and Ryan really battled and beat great players from USC."