Stanford Hosts Illinois On Tuesday; Travels To ASU And Arizona This Weekend

March 29, 2005

COMING UP: The No. 16 ranked Stanford men's tennis team gears up for another busy week, as the Cardinal will host No. 2 ranked Illinois on Tuesday before resuming Pac-10 play at Arizona State and Arizona this weekend. Stanford has posted a 4-3 all-time record against the Illini, who claimed the NCAA Championship in 2003. The Cardinal already matched up against the Sun Devils and Wildcats earlier this season, topping ASU 5-2 and sweeping Arizona at Taube Tennis Center in February.

LAST WEEK: The Cardinal went 1-2 on the road last week, falling to No. 1 ranked Baylor and No. 19 Washington before rebounding to top Oregon on Saturday, 6-1. Stanford was swept by Baylor in Waco, falling to 0-4 all-time against the Bears. The doubles tandem of senior Sam Warburg and junior KC Corkery picked up a big win, however, topping the No. 5 ranked Baylor pairing of Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga 8-6. In one of the most anticipated singles match ups of the collegiate season, No. 1 ranked Dorsch topped No. 2 ranked Warburg 7-5, 6-2. In Friday's 5-2 upset loss to Washington, the Cardinal suffered defeat in all three doubles matches for the first time this season. Warburg got back to his winning ways in singles play against the Huskies, splitting two sets with No. 31 ranked Alex Vlaski before the Washington player was forced to retire due to cramping with Warburg leading the tiebreaker 7-2. In Saturday's win over Oregon in Eugene, four of the Cardinal singles wins came in straight sets. Warburg registered a 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 22 ranked Sven Swinnen at the No. 1 singles spot and No. 33 ranked KC Cokery posted a 6-2, 6-1 win over Thomas Bieri to lead the Cardinal. Last Monday's match against Santa Clara was postponed due to wet weather and has been rescheduled for a 1:30 pm start on April 19th at the Taube Tennis Center.

STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: After going 1-2 on the road, the Cardinal dropped to No. 16 in the most recent ITA rankings released on March 29th ... Sam Warburg remains the highest ranked Cardinal singles player at No. 2, while KC Corkery is currently ranked No. 33. Phil Sheng also remained in the singles rankings, checking in at No. 91 ... The tandem of Warburg and Corkery are the No. 3 ranked duo in the doubles rankings.

CARDINAL NOTES: Senior Sam Warburg, the No. 2 ranked singles player in the nation, fell to No. 1 ranked Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor last Wednesday, but rebounded to post straight set victories over No. 31 ranked Alex Vlaski of Washington and No. 22 ranked Sven Swinnen of Oregon over the weekend. Warburg has posted a 15-3 record against ranked opposition this season and has suffered only two defeats in dual match play ... Sophomore James Wan suffered his first defeat of the season at the No. 4 singles position, falling to Baylor's Michal Kokta 6-3, 6-2 last Wednesday. Wan rebounded to win singles contests against Washington and Oregon to push his record at the No. 4 spot to 10-1 on the season. The sophomore is 12-3 overall in dual matches and has won 10 of his last 11 singles match ups ... Wan, sophomore Eric McKean, and senior Phil Sheng have combined to post a 14-1 mark at the No. 4 singles spot for the Cardinal ... The doubles duo of Warburg and junior KC Corkery tasted defeat for the first time in dual match play this season, falling to Washington's Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic last Friday. The loss snapped an 18-match winning streak for the pairing, who are currently ranked No. 3 in nation. The duo rebounded to post an 8-6 win over Oregon's Vlad Pino an Arron Spencer the following day ... Warburg and Corkery defeated the No. 5 ranked tandem of Benedikt Dorsch and Matija Zgaga of Baylor last Wednesday, marking the highest ranked team that the two have knocked off this season ... The doubles duo of McKean and Wan came up with a clutch 9-8 win over Oregon's Sven Swinnen and Markus Schiller on Saturday to clinch the doubles point for the Cardinal. The pair have posted a 4-2 mark while playing at the No. 3 doubles spot ... The Cardinal are 9-1 when they win the doubles point and are 0-5 when losing the doubles point ... Stanford is undefeated at home, having posted a 6-0 record at the Taube Tennis Center.

SCOUTING THE ILLINI: Illinois enters the week ranked No. 2 in the nation according to the most recent ITA rankings. The Illini have posted a 12-2 record and a 3-0 mark in Big Ten play, and are in the midst of a West Coast swing that has already seen them defeat USC 4-3 and fall to Pepperdine 5-2 last weekend. Ryler DeHeart is 5-3 at the No. 1 singles spot and is ranked No. 6 in the singles rankings.

SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State enters the week with a 6-9 record and an 0-2 mark in Pac-10 play. ASU had a tough run last week, dropping four matches including a 6-1 defeat to USC and a 7-0 loss to UCLA in Pac-10 action. Clint Letcher has been ASU's most consistent competitor at the No. 5 singles spot, and the Sun Devils were ranked No. 38 in the most recent ITA rankings.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: No. 47 ranked Arizona is led by Roger Matalonga, who is ranked No. 47 in the most recent ITA singles rankings. Matalonga has paired with Colin O'Grady to form a formidable doubles duo, as the pair recently garnered a No. 15 ranking. The Wildcats have a 7-8 overall record, and are coming off of losses to USC and UCLA to begin Pac-10 play last weekend.

CORKERY AND WARBURG CAPTURE DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP: The duo of senior Sam Warburg and junior KC Corkery added another championship to go along with their NCAA doubles title from last season. The tandem received a No. 1 seed for the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in early March, and followed through by becoming the first Stanford pairing since 1999 to win the title. Corkery and Warburg received a bye in the first round and won their Round of 64 match against Blake Meister and Eric Oijala of UC San Diego, 6-0, 6-2. The team's next three matches were played using pro-sets because of weather constraints, and the duo rolled through tandems from Texas A&M, San Diego State, and Pepperdine into the semifinals. Warburg and Corkery defeated Cal's Patrick Briaud and Conor Niland in the semifinals and claimed a hard fought victory over Texas A&M's Brett Joelson and Ante Matijevic in the final, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

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

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