No. 7 Stanford Continues Home Stand With Three Matches This Week

Feb. 7, 2005

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COMING UP: The No. 7 ranked Cardinal continues its five match home stand with three matches this week. Saint Mary's visits Taube Tennis Center for a dual match on Tuesday, and Stanford welcomes Arizona and Arizona State to The Farm this weekend. Head coach John Whitlinger will be coaching against his son on Tuesday, as senior J.J. Whitlinger leads the Gaels into the 1:30 pm match. Stanford's match against Arizona is scheduled for 1:30 pm on Friday, while the match against Arizona State has been moved up to a 12:00 pm start on Saturday.

LAST WEEK: Stanford continued its strong start to the 2005 season, defeating No. 44 ranked San Diego and No. 58 ranked Fresno State at Taube Tennis Center last weekend. The Cardinal swept the Toreros on Friday, with five players winning singles matches in straight sets. All three doubles matches were hotly contested, with the Stanford tandems edging San Diego in all three tilts. The No. 2 ranked duo of senior Sam Warburg and junior KC Corkery edged the No. 51 ranked team of Pierrick Ysern and Nic Beuque, 9-8. Warburg also emerged victorious in one of the marquee singles match ups of the early season, as the No. 4 ranked senior defeated No. 5 ranked Ysern, 6-2, 6-0. Warburg and Corkery were dominant in singles play against Fresno State as well, winning matches in straight sets at the top two singles positions. Warburg defeated Sergiu Modoc 6-1, 6-2, while Corkery defeated Charles Irie, 6-0, 6-1. Senior Phil Sheng won his both of his singles matches last weekend, improving his record in dual matches this season to 4-0. Sophomore Eric McKean suffered his first defeat in dual match singles play against Fresno State, falling to Nicholas Mascheroni, 4-6, 6-3, 0-1.

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 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, improved to 7-1 against ranked opposition with his victory over No. 5 ranked Pierrick Ysern of San Diego on Friday ... Junior KC Corkery and senior Phil Sheng have each posted 4-0 singles records in dual match play so far this season ... The Cardinal's three doubles tandems have combined to post an 11-1 record through the first three dual matches of 2005 ... Freshman Phil Kao has continued to impress, collecting two dual match singles victories last weekend. Kao has posted an overall record of 9-6, with a 3-1 mark in dual matches ... Junior Jon Wong has established himself as a solid doubles competitor, notching a 9-3 mark with four different doubles partners ... Stanford alums and professional doubles competitors, Bob and Mike Bryan, held an exhibition match against Warburg and Corkery last Saturday.

SCOUTING THE GAELS: Saint Mary's enters the week with a 2-4 record after falling to Portland last weekend, 5-2. The Gaels are led by Andre Sion and Adam Fauvre, who have posted impressive numbers in singles play. Sion has notched a 17-5 record, while Fauvre has registered an 18-7 mark this season. J.J. Whitlinger has gone 5-8 this year, playing in the No. 4, 5, and 6 singles positions.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Arizona has recorded a 5-1 mark this season, and is coming off of a pair of wins last weekend. The No. 32 ranked Wildcats defeated UC Santa Barbara, 5-2, and topped New Mexico State, 6-1. The team is led by No. 58 ranked singles performer Roger Matalonga, and the No. 18 ranked doubles tandem of Matalonga and Colin O'Grady.

SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State is ranked No. 33 in the latest ITA rankings, and notched a pair of sweeps over UC Santa Barbara (7-0) and New Mexico State (7-0) to begin the season last week. The Sun Devils are led by sophomore Christopher Biro, who registered a pair of wins last week, while playing at the No. 1 singles position.

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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