No. 7 Stanford Set to Comptete at Sherwood Cup
Jan. 13, 2005
COMING UP: Stanford travels to Thousand Oaks, CA to compete at the Sherwood Cup this Friday through Monday ... Stanford will play its first dual match of the 2005 season at California on January 29th before returning to The Farm, beginning a five-match home stand with a contest against San Diego on February 4th.
STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Stanford University men's tennis team is ranked No. 7 in the nation according to the 2005 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason poll released on Tuesday, January 11th. The Cardinal received 2,203 votes, just 24 shy of Mississippi and 46 shy of Illinois, who were ranked sixth and fifth, respectively. Baylor, the 2004 NCAA team champions, garnered the top ranking ... Senior Sam Warburg is the team's top-ranked singles performer, receiving a No. 4 ranking in the ITA poll. Junior KC Corkery enters the season with a No. 15 singles ranking. The doubles tandem of Warburg and Corkery are ranked No. 2 in the doubles category.
CARDINAL NOTES: Last season, Stanford went 19-8 en route to a quarterfinal appearance at the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal topped Pacific, Washington, and Florida, before falling to USC in the quarterfinals ... The Cardinal squad includes the reigning NCAA champion doubles tandem of Warburg and Corkery ... Warburg enjoyed an outstanding junior season, posting a 22-3 record in dual matches including an 18-3 mark at the No. 1 singles position. Warburg will serve as the team captain for the 2005 campaign ... Sophomore James Wan returns to The Farm after garnering Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year honors last season. His 23 wins in dual matches last season ranks as the sixth highest single-season total in program history ... John Whitlinger assumes the head coaching duties, following Dick Gould's move to the Director of Tennis position. Whitlinger, a former All-American at Stanford, was coach Gould's assistant for 18 years and served the last five seasons as the associate head coach. David Hodge joins the staff as an assistant coach following two years as the top assistant at Colorado.
NEW FACES: The Cardinal welcome three newcomers to the squad as sophomore David Ryan, and freshmen Lee Chang and Phil Kao join the squad. Kao claimed two straight singles title at the Northern California sectionals, and joins the team as one of the top recruits in the nation. Chang is a veteran of the national youth championships, while Ryan is the only left-hander on the team and should contribute in doubles play.