Stanford Men's Tennis Heads To Southern California

Feb. 23, 2005

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COMING UP: The No. 18 ranked Stanford men's tennis team travels to southern California to take on Pac-10 rivals UCLA and USC this weekend. The Cardinal looks to get back on the winning track after suffering their first three defeats of the 2005 campaign at the National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago. Stanford gets another shot at the Trojans after falling to USC in the 13th place match at the National Team Indoor by a narrow 4-3 margin. Coach Whitlinger's squad has posted a 3-1 record against Pac-10 opponents so far, and will compete against two teams ranked in the top-11 in back-to-back matches for the first time this season.

LAST WEEK: The Cardinal struggled at the National Team Indoor Championship in Chicago, suffering their first three defeats in dual matches this season. In opening round action, Stanford fell to a No. 9 ranked Virginia team that featured five players ranked in the ITA singles rankings, 4-1. Senior Sam Warburg suffered his first dual match loss of the season in singles play, dropping a 6-4, 6-4 decision to No. 19 ranked Doug Stewart. Senior Phil Sheng was the only Stanford singles player to record a win against the Cavaliers, defeating No. 22 ranked Somdev Devvarman at the No. 3 spot, 6-2, 6-2. The Cardinal were edged by No. 30 Oklahoma State in the consolation quarterfinals on Friday, 4-3. Warburg and junior KC Corkery each posted wins in singles play against the Cowboys, and sophomore James Wan registered a victory at the No. 4 singles position to round out the Stanford points. The dual match was clinched at the No. 5 spot, where OSU's Felipe Diaz outlasted freshman Phil Kao in three sets, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6. Stanford closed out the tournament with a narrow 4-3 defeat against Pac-10 rival USC. The match was decided by a three-set battle at the No. 5 position once again, with Trojan Kaes Van't Hof topping Kao, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Cardinal slipped to No. 18 in the most recent team rankings released by the ITA on February 22nd ... Sam Warburg remained the team's highest ranked singles performer at No. 6, while KC Corkery slipped to No. 31 despite remaining undefeated in dual match singles play. Phil Sheng jumped into the rankings for the first time this season, checking in at No. 93 ... The doubles tandem of Warburg and Corkery remained at No. 2 in the doubles rankings.

CARDINAL NOTES: Junior KC Corkery remained undefeated in dual match play this season, recording a pair of wins over the weekend. His match against No. 36 Rylan Rizza of Virginia on Thursday did not finish. Corkery has not lost a singles match since falling to Duke's Ludovic Walter at the ITA National Indoor Championship in November, stringing together 13 straight singles victories in that span ... Senior Phil Sheng jumped into the national singles rankings for the first time this season, earning a No. 93 ranking in the most recent ITA listing. Sheng is 8-2 in dual match singles play so far this season ... Sophomore James Wan has won five straight singles matches since moving to the No. 4 singles position from the No. 3 spot. Wan won a pair of matches at the National Team Indoor Championship over the weekend, and has won 10 of his last 12 singles matches ... Senior Sam Warburg, the team's top ranked singles competitor at No. 6, went 2-1 against ranked opposition over the weekend. His record against nationally ranked opponents moved to 10-2 ... After winning the doubles point in each of the season's first six dual matches, the Cardinal conceded the doubles point in all three of the team's losses over the weekend ... Stanford returns to The Farm on March 2nd for a mid-week dual match against William & Mary.

SCOUTING THE BRUINS: The No. 4 ranked Bruins are coming off of a fifth place finish at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, registering wins over No. 30 ranked Oklahoma State and No. 3 ranked Florida. UCLA has a pair of singles competitors ranked in the top-12 of the most recent ITA rankings, with Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Luben Pampoulov being ranked No. 10 and 12, respectively. UCLA brings a 10-1 record into Friday's match with the Cardinal.

SCOUTING THE TROJANS: USC also competed at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship last weekend, suffering defeats against Mississippi and Harvard before beating Stanford on Saturday. Despite the two losses, the Trojans moved up a spot to No. 11 in the ITA team rankings. The squad is led by No. 50 ranked sophomore Jamil Al-Agba and No. 51 ranked senior Drew Hoskins. Last season's Pac-10 co-champions with UCLA, USC has posted a 4-4 record so far this season.

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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