Stanford Beats Fresno State, Advances To Georgia
May 11, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - The fourth-ranked and fifth-seeded Stanford men's tennis team will continue its quest for their 18th NCAA Team Championship, advancing to the round of 16 with a 4-0 second round win over 41st-ranked Fresno State on Sunday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center.
The Cardinal, upset in the second round of the last year's NCAA Tournament, has won 18 of its last 19 and improves to 23-3 on the year. The Bulldogs conclude their season at 18-9.
'We are still here,' Stanford head coach Dick Gould said. 'We still have room for improvement, but we have some time. We have not played dual matches in awhile, but I felt we were in control after the first set of singles. We competed well and I feel we can play better.'
Stanford will now advance to the final rounds of the NCAA Team Championships at the University of Georgia on May 17-20. The Cardinal will face 15th-ranked Tulane on Saturday, May 17. The Green Wave advanced to the round of 16 with a 4-1 victory over South Alabama, marking the furthest Tulane has advanced since NCAA Regional play began in 1977.
The Cardinal jumped out to a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. Carter Morris (Washington, D.C.) and Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA) shut out their opponent for the second straight day. The duo recorded a 8-0 win over Fresno State's Nima Roshan and Andy Sinn at No. 3. KC Corkery (Manhattan Beach, CA) and James Pade (Woodside, CA) then finished the point with a 8-3 victory at No. 2 over Greg Shearer and Stefan Suta.
'The doubles teams made some big plays,' said Gould. 'The third team has really come along and they are playing well.'
Warburg gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead with a win over Marc Schaerer at No. 4, 6-4, 6-4. Moments later Corkery's win put Stanford one point away from Georgia, defeating Shearer 6-4, 6-2. Senior David Martin (Tulsa, OK), who is ranked eighth in the nation, then clinched a Cardinal victory with a hard-fought win over Hector Almada 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1.
'We did not feel good about last year, so we are going to take this momentum to Georgia,' said Gould.
#4 Stanford 4, #41 Fresno State 0
Doubles (Stanford Wins Point)
No. 1 - #4 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) v. #21 Hector Almade/Sergiu Modoc (F), suspended (Stanford led 6-5)
No. 2 - KC Corkery/James Pade (S) def. Greg Shearer/Stefan Suta (F), 8-3
No. 3 - Carter Morris/Sam Warburg (S) def. Nima Roshan/Andy Sinn (F), 8-0
Order of Finish: 3, 2
No. 1 - #8 David Martin (S) def. Hector Almada (F), 6-4, 6-4*
No. 2 - #77 Scott Lipsky (S) v. Stefan Suta (F), suspended (Fresno State led 7-6, 4-5)
No. 3 - #47 KC Corkery (S) def. Greg Shearer (F), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 - #63 Sam Warburg (S) def. Marc Schaerer (F), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 - #144 James Pade (S) v. Alex Krohn (F), suspended (Stanford led 6-2, 4-6, 2-1)
No. 6 - Phil Sheng (S) v. Andy Sinn (F), suspended (Stanford led 5-7, 6-1, 1-1)
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 1
* - clinching victory
Records - #41 Fresno State 18-9, #4 Stanford 23-3