No. 5 Stanford Hosts Hawaii In Home Opener
Jan. 26, 2004
No. 5 Stanford (1-0) vs. Hawaii (0-4) - Tuesday, Jan. 27th - 1:30 pm (PT)
Taube Tennis Center - Stanford, Calif.
SCOUTING THE RAINBOW WARRIORS: Hawaii hits the mainland for a weeklong trek through California and Nevada. The Rainbow Warriors first stop off at USF before heading down to The Farm on Tuesday ... With an 0-4 record, Hawaii will be looking for its first win of the season ... All four of Hawaii's losses have come versus ranked opponents, most recently suffering a 6-1 setback versus William and Mary ... The Rainbow Warriors and the Cardinal have already faced each other in the 2003-04 season, with the Cardinal claiming a 5-2 win in Hawaii ... The Cardinal own an 18-0 all-time record versus the Rainbow Warriors ... John Nelson begins his first season as Hawaii's head coach after spending the previous 10 years at San Diego State. Nelson replaces Jim Schwitters, who served for 38 years at the school.
STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Stanford University men's tennis team is ranked No. 5 in the country in the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason poll released on Tuesday, January 13th. The Cardinal received 1,696 votes, just 22 shy of Florida and Vanderbilt, who tied for third in the preseason poll with 1,718 votes. Illinois, the 2003 NCAA team champions, received 19 first place votes and 1,780 overall votes to edge Baylor, who tallied 13 first place and 1,777 overall ... Three Stanford players are listed among the top 100 players in the nation. Sophomore KC Corkery, a 2003 All-American, is ranked No. 43 in the ITA singles preseason rankings, followed by junior Sam Warburg at No. 71 and sophomore James Pade at No. 82. Corkery and Pade also combine to form one of the best doubles teams in the country, coming in at No. 10 in the preseason rankings.
CARDINAL NOTES: Following its dual meet with Hawaii, Stanford will head to the National Team Indoor Championship in Seattle, WA on February 5-8th ... In last week's win at No. 48 Tulsa, junior Sam Warburg, senior Carter Morris and freshman James Wan all won their singles matches in straight sets ... Warburg, ranked No. 71, upset No. 57 Alejandro Tejerina of Tulsa, 6-3, 6-3 ... The sophomore tandem of KC Corkery and James Pade, ranked No. 10 in the country, defeated Tulsa's Dustin Taylor and Tejerina, 9-7 and improved their doubles record to 5-2 on the season.
NEW FACES: The Cardinal welcome four newcomers to the squad in freshman Nico Martinez, Eric McKean, Chris Rasmussen and James Wan. Wan is the 2001 Junior National Champion, while Rasmussen was the top rated player in Northern California in his age group (18s). McKean is an excellent doubles player, winning three Southern California doubles championships (14s, 16s, 18s), while Martinez is an outstanding athlete who is expected to continue to develop into a fine player.
GOING FOR THE GOULD: Few coaches in the history of Division I athletics have obtained the level of success that Stanford men's tennis Head Coach Dick Gould has achieved. After 37 years and 17 national titles, the legendary coach will retire at the end of the 2003-04 season. However, Gould will still be very much involved with Stanford tennis as he will assume the position of Director of Tennis for the university. Throughout the years, Gould, the John L. Hinds Director of Men's Tennis, has proven himself to be one of the top collegiate tennis coaches in the nation. Gould was honored by Wilson Sporting Goods and the ITA as 'Coach of the Decade' in men's collegiate tennis during the 1980's and again for the 1990's. The award is fitting as Gould's Stanford teams captured six NCAA team titles in both the 80's and 90's. Gould was also named the 2000 NCAA Coach of the Year. Under the tutelage of Gould, some of the world's finest tennis players have developed their games during NCAA play at Stanford. A list of former players reads somewhat like a Who's Who in Professional Tennis. In total, 15 different Stanford players have reached the finals, and 12 others have reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament while playing for Gould. Under Gould's watch, 10 players have captured the national championship, while another 10 players have finished as national runner ups in the NCAA doubles tournament. Forty-nine of his players have earned All-America honors. The Cardinal men's team has finished in the NCAA top five in 29 out of the last 34 years. In NCAA team competition, Stanford has won 85 of 95 (.895) matches during the 25 years in which it was invited to participate. On three occasions, Stanford has captured back-to-back NCAA titles-1973-74, 1977-78 and 1980-81. The Cardinal won three consecutive team titles from 1988-90 and four in a row from 1995-98. Three Gould-coached squads have recorded unblemished records in 1998 (28-0), 1995 (27-0) and 1978 (24-0), and five times his teams have lost only one match.