Stanford Men's Tennis Set For Busy Week
March 1, 2005
COMING UP: The No. 13 ranked Stanford men's tennis team hosts No. 67 ranked William & Mary at the Taube Tennis Center on Wednesday, before eight team members travel to compete at the Pacific Coast Doubles Tournament at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club this weekend. This season marks the 116th Pacific Coast Doubles championship and the 63rd straight year that it will be hosted at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Competing in the tournament will be the reigning NCAA Champion tandem of KC Corkery and Sam Warburg, as well as the Cardinal pairings of Phil Kao and Phil Sheng, Eric McKean and James Wan, and David Ryan and Jon Wong.
LAST WEEK: The Cardinal split two matches against Pac-10 rivals UCLA and USC over the weekend, falling to the Bruins on Friday, 4-3, and rebounding to knock off the Trojans, 5-2. Stanford won the doubles point against No. 4 ranked UCLA, but managed to win just two singles matches in the loss. Sam Warburg headlined the Cardinal wins with a straight set victory over No. 12 ranked Luben Pampoulov, 7-5, 6-4. The other Cardinal singles win was at the No. 4 spot, where sophomore James Wan topped Chris Lam in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. Stanford snapped its four-match losing skid on Saturday, defeating USC to avenge a loss to the Trojans at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship the previous week. After winning the doubles point, the Cardinal took four of six singles contests. KC Corkery got back on the winning track with a win over No. 51 ranked Drew Hoskins 6-2, 6-3. Warburg and Wan also registered straight set wins, while Phil Kao defeated USC's Kaes Van't Hof at the No. 5 singles position to round out the Cardinal victories.
STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: Following a victory over No. 11 ranked USC, the Cardinal jumped five spots to No. 13 in the most recent team rankings released by the ITA on March 1st ... Sam Warburg is the team's highest ranked singles performer at No. 6, while KC Corkery is ranked No. 31 in the most recent singles rankings. Phil Sheng jumped into the rankings for the first time last week, checking in at No. 92 ... The tandem of Warburg and Corkery are the No. 2 ranked duo in the doubles rankings.
CARDINAL NOTES: Senior Sam Warburg improved his record against ranked opposition to 12-2 with a pair of wins over the weekend. Warburg defeated No. 12 ranked Luben Pampoulov on Friday, marking the highest ranked opponent that the senior has defeated this season ... Junior KC Corkery suffered his first singles loss in a dual match this season, falling to No. 10 ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel of UCLA on Friday, 6-2, 6-0. Corkery is 10-1 in dual matches, with a 6-4 mark against nationally ranked opposition ... Freshman Phil Kao avenged a loss to USC's Kaes Van't Hof at the National Team Indoor Championship with a straight set victory over the Trojan freshman on Saturday 6-1, 6-4 ... Since moving to the No. 4 singles position from the No. 3 spot in mid-February, sophomore James Wan has recorded a perfect 7-0 mark. Wan, senior Phil Sheng (3-0), and sophomore Eric McKean (1-0) have combined to post an undefeated 11-0 mark at the No. 4 singles position so far this season ... After dropping the doubles point in each of the team's three matches at the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship, Coach Whitlinger mixed up his lineup at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles spots. McKean and Wan posted two victories at the No. 3 position, while Kao and Sheng dropped their two matches at the No. 2 spot. The Cardinal won the doubles point in both of their matches last weekend ... Following the Pacific Coast Doubles tournament, the Cardinal takes some time off before embarking on one of the most demanding portions of the 2005 schedule. The team hosts Santa Clara on March 21 before traveling to face current No. 1 ranked Baylor in Waco on March 23. Just two days later, Stanford begins Pac-10 conference play with dual matches at Washington (March 25) and Oregon (March 26) before hosting current No. 3 ranked Illinois (March 29).
SCOUTING THE TRIBE: William & Mary is currently ranked No. 67 in the national rankings, and is coming off of a sweep of George Mason and a narrow 4-3 loss to No. 29 ranked Harvard last weekend. The Tribe is led by a pair of seniors in Jeff Kader and Sean Kelleher. Kader is William & Mary's top ranked singles player at No. 57 in the nation, while Kelleher defeated No. 30 ranked Martin Wetzel of Harvard last weekend, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0.
SCOUTING THE PACIFIC DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP: Four Cardinal doubles tandems will take the court in La Jolla, facing a field loaded with talent. The tandem of senior Sam Warburg and junior KC Corkery are a No. 1 seed, and have a bye into the second round of the tournament. The reigning NCAA doubles champions play their first match on Friday at 8:00 AM in the round of 64. Sophomores Eric McKean and James Wan will play in the second bracket, and meet a familiar tandem in Matt Rubenstein and Kavi Sud of William & Mary at 10:00 AM on Friday. The Cardinal take on William & Mary in a dual match at Taube Tennis Center on Wednesday. Junior Jon Wong and sophomore David Ryan will team up to take on Arizona's Bruno Alcala and Daniel Andrus in first round action on Friday at 8:00 AM. Senior Phil Sheng and freshman Phil Kao are the fourth Cardinal tandem in the field, and will take on Leo Basica and Elad Stern of UC Santa Barbara on Friday at 8:00 AM.
USC alums Daniel Langre and Ruben Torres make up the tournament's other top seed, while several current Pac-10 duos are also seeded. Cal's Conor Niland and Patrick Briaud enter this weekend as a No. 3 seed, as does USC's tandem of Johan Berg and Dejan Cvetkovic. Arizona's team of Roger Matalonga and Colin O'Grady are a No. 4 seed, while UCLA's Kris Kwinta and Mathieu Dehaine enter the tournament as a No. 6 seed.
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 squad 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.