No. 7 Stanford Upsets No. 4 Cal, 4-3
April 8, 2003
STANFORD, Calif. - Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA) came back in the third set after being down 4-1 to pick up a win in his singles match, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, giving the seventh-ranked Stanford men's tennis team a 4-3 upset of No. 4 California on Tuesday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Stadium. The Cardinal stand perfect in the Pac-10 with a 3-0 record and improve to 16-3 overall, while the Golden Bears fall to 16-3 and 2-1 in the league.
California jumped on the scoreboard early, taking two of the three doubles matches to earn the point. Freshmen KC Corkery (Manhattan Beach, CA) and James Pade (Woodside, CA) picked up the Cardinal's lone doubles win with an 8-4 victory at No. 2 over Patrick Briaud and John Paul Fruttero. Fourth-ranked Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY) and David Martin (Tulsa, OK) were handed only their fourth loss of the year, 8-6 by Cal's No. 25 duo of Steve Berke and Robert Kowalczyk.
Stanford tied the match at 2-2 with wins at No. 1 and 3, respectively. Corkery got the Cardinal's first point with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Balazs Veress. Following a win by California at No. 6, Martin then tied the match with a victory at the top singles spot, 6-4, 6-2.
The Golden Bears took a 3-2 lead with a three-set win at No. 2, but Pade tied the match back up when Cal's Steve Berke retired due to injury at the fifth spot. Warburg then recorded his three-set come from behind victory over Or Dekel to seal the win for Stanford.
The Cardinal continues this six-match homestand this weekend against No. 40 Arizona State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 52 Arizona on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.
#7 Stanford 4, #4 California 3
No. 1 - #12 David Martin (S) def. John Paul Fruttero (C) -- 6-4, 6-2
No. 2 - #50 (tie) Conor Niland (C) def. #64 Scott Lipsky (S) -- 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 - #53 KC Corkery (S) def. Balazs Veress (C) -- 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 - #57 Sam Warburg (S) def. Or Dekel (C) -- 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
No. 5 - James Pade (S) def. Steve Berke (C) -- 4-6, 6-3, 3-2, ret. inj.
No. 6 - #56 Robert Kowalczyk (C) def. Phil Sheng (S) -- 6-3, 6-4
Doubles (Cal wins point)
No. 1 - #25 Steve Berke/Robert Kowalczyk (C) def. #4 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) -- 8-6
No. 2 - #27 KC Corkery/James Pade (S) def. Patrick Briaud/John Paul Fruttero (C) -- 8-4
No. 3 - Conor Niland/Balazs Veress (C) def. Phil Sheng/Sam Warburg (S) -- 8-4
Records - #4 California 16-3 overall (2-1 Pacific-10 Conference), #7 Stanford 16-3 (3-0).