No.7 Stanford Set To Host San Diego and
Feb. 2, 2005
COMING UP: Stanford returns to The Farm to host San Diego and Fresno State this weekend in the first home dual matches of the season for the Cardinal. The Toreros come into the weekend with a No. 44 ranking in the most recent ITA poll, while the Bulldogs are currently ranked No. 58. Stanford alums and top-ranked professional doubles competitors, Bob and Mike Bryan, will be on hand to help the Cardinal start the 2005 season on Saturday. The duo will host a clinic and question and answer period, followed by an exhibition match with reigning NCAA Champions KC Corkery and Sam Warburg following the dual match with Fresno State.
LAST WEEK: Stanford got the dual match season off to a good start, handing No. 28 ranked California a 5-2 defeat in Berkeley last Saturday. Four Cardinal players recorded wins in straight sets, as Stanford improved to 1-0 on the season. Coach Whitlinger's team took the doubles point, winning two of the three doubles matches. The No. 2 ranked doubles team of senior Sam Warburg and junior KC Corkery dispatched the No. 30 ranked duo of Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland, 8-4. Sophomore James Wan and junior Jon Wong clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 win at the No. 3 doubles position. In singles play, the No. 4 ranked Warburg topped No. 21 ranked Niland, 6-4, 6-4, while Corkery also posted a straight-set win with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Daniel Sebescen. Senior Phil Sheng was victorious at the No. 4 singles position, and Eric McKean earned a hard-fought three-set victory over Cal's Dean Wallace at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Sophomore James Wan and freshman Phil Kao were the only two Cardinal players to suffer defeat in singles play.
STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Stanford University men's tennis team is ranked No. 7 in the nation according to the most recent 2005 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll released on Tuesday, February 1st. The Cardinal received 621 votes, just nine shy of Mississippi and 18 shy of Illinois, who were ranked sixth and fifth, respectively. Baylor, the 2004 NCAA team champions, remained in the top spot ... 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: Senior Sam Warburg, the team's top ranked singles player at No. 4, registered his first dual match win of the season against Cal, defeating No. 30 ranked Conor Niland 6-4, 6-4. Warburg has posted a 6-1 mark against ranked opponents this season, with his only loss to a ranked foe coming against then-No.1 ranked Catalin Gard of Mississippi at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championship in October. His career dual match record through three seasons stands at 67-9 ... Junior KC Corkery teamed with Warburg to win their first doubles dual match of the season against Cal. The reigning NCAA Champions have posted a 10-2 overall record this season, including a tournament title at the Wilson/ITA Regional Championship ... Sophomore Eric McKean moved to 2-0 in dual matches on the season, improving his career mark to an undefeated 3-0 ... Junior Jon Wong has had solid performances in doubles play, posting a 7-4 mark with four different partners. Wong has teamed with sophomore James Wan to go 2-0 at the No. 3 doubles position in dual matches ... All of senior Phil Sheng's five wins this season have come in straight sets.
SCOUTING THE TOREROS: Friday will be San Diego's first full dual match of the season, after their season opener against BYU was rained out last week with USD leading, 3-2. The Toreros are led by junior Pierrick Ysern, who is ranked as the No. 5 singles competitor in the nation by the ITA. The Cardinal have dominated the all-time series with USD, posting a 17-1 record. Friday marks the first meeting between the two programs since the 2002 season.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: Fresno State enters the weekend ranked No. 58 in the most recent ITA rankings, and have already posted a 4-0 record with early season wins over Cal Poly, UC Santa Cruz, Loyola Marymount, and UC Davis. Junior Sergiu Modoc and sophomore Jakub Cech have combined to post an 11-6 record, with Cech recording a 4-0 dual match mark. The Cardinal has posted an undefeated 13-0 record in the all-time series with the Bulldogs.
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.