STANFORD, Calif. - The Saint Mary's men's tennis team took on a tough test on Friday in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, falling to a very deep No. 6 Stanford squad 6-1. Senior Sherif Hamdy highlighted the day for the No. 64-ranked Gaels (1-2), defeating his Cardinal (3-0) opponent and improving to 3-0 in singles this season.
Saint Mary's will take on No. 48 Boise State on Saturday, who fell to No. 50 Santa Clara 5-2 on Friday as well.
Stanford jumped out to a 1-0 lead with two doubles wins on courts one and three.
The Cardinal earned two quick singles wins on courts one and two and then captured the overall match on court four with a 6-2, 6-2 win.
Senior Sherif Hamdy continues to have a great start to the season and improved to 3-0 in singles this season. Hamdy defeated Stanford's Denis Lin on court three by a score of 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(8).
The Gaels will take on the Broncos on Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. at the Taube Tennis Center. SMC and Boise State met last weekend in Boise, with the Broncos defeating the Gaels 5-2.