Stanford Begins Dual Season At Cal

Jan. 27, 2005

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COMING UP: Stanford travels to Berkeley for its first dual match of the season against California on Saturday. The Cardinal return home next weekend to begin a five-match home stand with a contest against San Diego on February 4th. Bob and Mike Bryan, Stanford alums and top-ranked professional doubles competitors, will be on hand to help Stanford begin the 2005 campaign, when the team faces Fresno State on February 5th.

LAST WEEK: Coach Whitlinger's squad traveled to compete against some of the top competition in the west at the Sherwood Cup in Thousand Oaks, CA. The Cardinal endured a rough first day in the main singles draw, as only senior Sam Warburg and junior Jon Wong advanced past the first round. Warburg cruised into the quarterfinals with two victories on the tournament's first day before falling to UCLA's Philipp Gruendler on Saturday. The Cardinal fared better in doubles play, as three tandems advanced to the quarterfinals. Warburg and Wong teamed up to post two wins over Pac-10 opponents, before falling to a mixed doubles duo made up of Greg Shearer from Baylor and Markus Dickhardt of San Diego State, in the semifinals. Sophomore James Wan and freshman Phil Kao were impressive playing along side one another in doubles play and against each other in consolation singles competition. As a doubles team they advanced to the quarterfinals of the tournament, and both posted three singles wins en route to squaring off in the final of the consolation singles bracket. The sophomore topped the freshman in the final, as Wan handed Kao a 6-1, 6-0 defeat.

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 Sam Warburg and KC 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. He was named as the ITA's 2004 'Player to Watch,' and will serve as the team captain for the 2005 campaign ... Corkery had a solid Fall, claiming the consolation singles title at the ITA Regional Championships, and competing at the ICY HOT/ITA All-American Championships and the National Indoor Championships ... 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. Wan has gone 7-3 so far this season, including four singles victories at the Sherwood Cup last week ... Junior Jon Wong has been impressive in singles play so far, posting a 7-3 record through the Fall ... Freshman Phil Kao has also registered seven wins in the lead up to the dual match season, posting a 7-5 record ... Freshman Lee Chang and sophomore David Ryan both made their collegiate debuts in singles and doubles play at the Sherwood Cup last weekend.

SERIES AGAINST CAL: The Cardinal have dominated the all-time series with California, recording a 75-12 record against the Golden Bears. Last season, the two squads split their two dual matches with each team winning at home. Stanford defeated Cal, 5-2, at Taube Tennis Center on February 21, but fell to the Bears in Berkeley on April 6, 4-3.

NEW FACES: The Cardinal welcome three newcomers to the squad as sophomore David Ryan, and freshmen Lee Chang and Phil Kao join the team. 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.

COACHING STAFF: John Whitlinger assumes the head coaching duties this season, 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. Hodge played collegiate tennis at Baylor, and competed on the professional tour before beginning his coaching career. Volunteer assistant coach Dave Higaki returns to The Farm for his third season, and serves as director of the renown East Palo Alto Tennis and Tutoring Program.

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