Cardinal Reaches NCAA Quarterfinals
May 17, 2003
ATHENS, Ga. - Stanford University advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championship with a 4-0 victory over Tulane University on Saturday night at the University of the Georgia. The fourth-ranked Cardinal improved to 24-3, while the 15th-ranked Green Wave dropped to 21-6.
Stanford will play the winner of Saturday's night late match between California and Ohio State in the quarterfinals. The match will be played on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Saturday night's match was scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., but was delayed by 79 minutes at the start when the previous match (Mississippi vs. Duke) ran long. The dual was later delayed by rain for 29 minutes before it was moved indoors for the remainder of the match.
Once the match moved indoors, the Cardinal streaked to three singles victories to advance to the quarterfinals for the third time in the last four years. The win was Stanford's second in as many tries against Tulane this season, including a 7-0 victory on March 5 on The Farm.
'We played Tulane earlier in the season, and they played us much tougher tonight,' Stanford head coach Dick Gould said. 'We stuck with it and kept our focus throughout the match. We played well in doubles, and got off to a very good start in singles.'
After the doubles point gave Stanford a 1-0 lead, redshirt junior Carter Morris(Washington, D.C.) gave the Cardinal a two-point advantage with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 6 over Hannu Piiroinen. Morris won eight of the final 10 games to pull away.
Senior Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY) further extended the Cardinal advantage with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over 92nd-ranked Victor Romero at No. 2. The 77th-ranked Lipsky won four of the five games after the match moved indoors, including a critical service break at 3-3.
Sophomore Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA) locked up the Cardinal's 24th win of the season, and 84th in 93 all-time tries in the NCAA Team Championship, with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Mattias Westerberg at No. 4. Warburg won the final three games, including a break at 4-4, to lock up the victory at 10:16 p.m. local time.
'I wasn't pleased to go to the indoor courts, because I was feeling very comfortable outdoors,' Warburg said. 'But it ended up working out very well. Today was great for my confidence, because I didn't know what to expect since I was playing in the final 16 for the first time.'
Stanford won the doubles point in thrilling fashion after both the Nos. 1 and 2 matches went to a tiebreaker.
The Cardinal first gained the upper hand at No. 3 as Morris and Warburg topped Jorge Lievano and Westerberg 8-1. Morris and Warburg won the first four games before dropping the fifth, which ended their streak of consecutive NCAA doubles games won at 20. The duo won 8-0 against both Oral Roberts and Fresno State. Morris had a 32-game NCAA win streak ended as he won 12 consecutive singles games last weekend against Oral Roberts.
The doubles point was eventually decided at No. 2 as the Cardinal's KC Corkery (Manhattan Beach, CA) and James Pade (Woodside, CA) knocked off Dmitriy Koch and Goran Vasiljevic. The Stanford freshmen had a 4-1 lead before Tulane won six of the next seven games to take a 7-5 advantage. After the Cardinal tied it at 7-7, the teams traded breaks to send the match to a tiebreaker. Tulane took an early 2-1 lead in the tiebreak, but Stanford scored the final six points to clinch the doubles point.
At No. 1 doubles, the Green Wave's fifth-ranked team of Michael Kogan and Romero led fourth-ranked Lipsky and David Martin (Tulsa, OK) 6-5 in the tiebreaker when the match was abandoned.
#4 Stanford 4, #15 Tulane 0
Doubles (Stanford wins point)
No. 1 - #4 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) v. #5 Michael Kogan/Victor Romero, suspended (score 8-8; Tulane led tiebreaker 6-5)
No. 2 - KC Corkery/James Pade (S) d. Dmitriy Koch/Goran Vasiljevic, 9-8 (2)
No. 3 - Carter Morris/Sam Warburg (S) d. Jorge Lievano/Mattias Westerberg, 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 2
No. 1 - #8 David Martin (S) v. #11 Michael Kogan (T), suspended (match tied 6-4 S, 5-7 T)
No. 2 - #77 Scott Lipsky (S) d. #92 Victor Romero, 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 - #49 KC Corkery (S) v. Dmitriy Koch (T), suspended (Stanford led 7-5)
No. 4 - #63 Sam Warburg (S) d. Mattias Westerberg, 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 - #114 James Pade (S) v. Jorge Lievano (T), suspended (match tied 6-4 S, 1-6 T)
No. 6 - Carter Morris (S) d. Hannu Piiroinen, 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 6, 2, 4
Records - #15 Tulane 19-6, #4 Stanford 24-3.