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Men's Tennis

UC Davis, Cal on Tap for Card

Friday, Feb. 23 • 2:00 p.m. PT 
UC Davis (4-8)
No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (8-1)
Taube Family Tennis Center
Stanford, Calif.

Saturday, Feb. 24 • 1:00 p.m. PT 
No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (8-1)
No. 36 California (3-3)
Hellman Tennis Complex
Berkeley, Calif.
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STANFORD, Calif. – No. 2 Stanford men's tennis is back in action in the Bay Area this weekend. The Cardinal hosts UC Davis on Friday at 2 p.m. PT at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, before traveling to across the Bay to face No. 36 California in Berkeley, California, Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
Stanford, ranked No. 2 in the most recent Oracle/ITA rankings unveiled on Tuesday, owns its highest ranking since March 17, 2009 when the Cardinal was also No. 2.
Stanford is coming off a stretch of seven consecutive matches against nationally-ranked teams, including five top-10 opponents. The Cardinal earned wins against No. 12 Baylor (4-2) and No. 4 Georgia (4-2) to reach the semifinals of the ITA National Indoor Championships last weekend in Seattle. Stanford played top-ranked Wake Forest to the very end in Sunday's semifinal match, before falling 4-3 for its first defeat of the season.
Senior Tom Fawcett moved up to No. 14 in the latest ITA rankings. The Cardinal co-captain is 5-2 in dual play at the No. 1 singles position, facing several top-25 opponents.   
Off to an 8-1 start in dual action at No. 2 singles, freshman Axel Geller is now ranked No. 34. Junior Sameer Kumar (No. 91) and graduate student Eric Fomba (No. 120) are also in this week's rankings.
UC Davis enters Friday 4-8 on the season. Stanford is 4-0 all-time against the Aggies, having last played UC Davis during the 2016 season.
California (3-3) is No. 36 in the latest ITA rankings. The Cardinal will face the Golden Bears in the Big Slam at the Hellman Tennis Complex in Berkeley on Saturday. Stanford has already played two matches on the Cal campus this season, defeating Oregon and No. 22 Tulane during the ITA Kick-Off weekend last month. Saturday's match will not count towards the Pac-12 standings. The two Bay Area schools will meet in a conference match on The Farm on April 13.
Stanford owns a 92-23 all-time record against California. The two teams met in the regular-season finale last year, which the Golden Bears won, 4-0.

Following this weekend's matches, Stanford will compete in the Pacific Coast Doubles event in La Jolla, California, March 2-4.