Cardinal Closes Out Stanford Challenge Against Pepperdine And Cal This Week

April 11, 2005

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COMING UP: The No. 18 ranked Stanford men's tennis team continues its season-high five match home stand this week, hosting Pepperdine on Tuesday and wrapping up Pac-10 conference play against Cal on Saturday. The Cardinal will look for an important non-conference win over the No. 8 ranked Waves and will face the Golden Bears for the second time this season, having handed Cal a 5-2 defeat on the road in January. Stanford concludes regular season play next Tuesday, as the Cardinal hosts Santa Clara in a make up of a dual match that was rained out in March.

LAST WEEK: The Cardinal began the weekend against No. 13 ranked USC on Friday, but the dual match was halted during singles play due to wet weather and re-scheduled for a Sunday conclusion. On Saturday, the Cardinal took on No. 6 ranked UCLA and gave the Bruins all they could handle in a 4-3 loss. UCLA took the doubles point by sweeping all three doubles matches, but Stanford rebounded to post victories at the top three singles positions. The Bruins won singles matches at the No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 singles spots to earn the 4-3 win. Senior Sam Warburg and junior KC Corkery posted impressive wins against UCLA, with Warburg knocking off No. 7 ranked Luben Pampoulov in straight sets and Corkery edging No. 8 ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel in three sets at the No. 2 singles position. Sophomore James Wan recorded the other Cardinal singles win, defeating No. 48 ranked Kris Kwinta 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Stanford's match against the Trojans resumed on Sunday, and the Cardinal stormed out of the gate and never looked back en route to a 5-1 victory. Warburg came from behind to post an impressive three-set victory over No. 10 ranked Jamil Al-Agba at the No. 1 singles spot, while Corkery continued his hot streak with a straight set win over No. 62 ranked Drew Hoskins at the No. 2 position. Senior Phil Sheng, sophomore Eric McKean, and freshman Phil Kao also posted wins to lead the Cardinal over the Trojans.

STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Cardinal dropped to No. 18 in the most recent ITA rankings released on April 5th ... Sam Warburg remains the highest ranked Cardinal singles player at No. 2, while KC Corkery leaped from No. 33 to No. 18 in the rankings with some impressive wins last week ... The tandem of Warburg and Corkery are the No. 3 ranked duo in the doubles rankings.

CARDINAL NOTES: Sam Warburg, the No. 2 ranked singles player in the nation, continued to excel in his senior campaign by earning two victories over top-10 ranked opponents last weekend. Warburg topped No. 7 ranked Luben Pampoulov of UCLA 6-0, 6-2, and posted an impressive come from behind victory over No. 10 ranked Jamil Al-Agba of USC 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Warburg has recorded an outstanding 18-3 mark against ranked opponents this season, and has dominated Pac-10 competition with a 14-1 record against conference foes ... Junior KC Corkery stretched his winning streak to six matches with two wins last weekend. Corkery defeated No. 8 ranked Benjamin Kohlloeffel on Saturday and registered a straight set victory over No. 62 ranked Drew Hoskins of USC on Sunday. Corkery is 17-3 in dual matches and 11-3 against Pac-10 opponents ... Sophomore James Wan has put together a number of stellar performances as of late, winning three of his last four singles contests. Wan earned his first victory over a ranked opponent on April 1st with a win over then-No. 96 ranked Christopher Biro of ASU. The sophomore then posted his second win over a ranked opponent with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory over No. 48 ranked Kris Kwinta of UCLA last weekend ... The performance of the bottom half of the singles lineup has proven to be crucial to the team's success, as the squad has posted an 11-4 record when getting a win at the No. 4 singles position, a 9-1 mark when winning at the No. 5 singles spot, and an undefeated 8-0 mark when winning at the No. 6 singles position ... The Cardinal are 9-1 when they win the doubles point and 0-6 when they lose it ... The No. 3 ranked doubles tandem of Warburg and Corkery suffered just their third dual match loss of the season against UCLA on Saturday. The reigning NCAA Champions have put together a memorable campaign so far, posting a 30-5 overall record while winning the Wilson/ITA Regional Championship in November, advancing to the final of the ITA National Indoor Championship in October, and winning the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship in March.

SCOUTING THE WAVES: Pepperdine is currently 17-2 and ranked No. 8 in the nation, after ascending to a No. 7 ranking in the previous ITA team listing ... The Waves enter the week on an 11-match winning streak, having knocked off Fresno State at the Ralph-Straus Tennis Center last Wednesday ... The Waves recorded an upset victory over then-No. 2 ranked Illinois on March 25th, knocking off the Illini 5-2 ... The team's last loss was a 4-3 thriller to top-ranked Baylor in February ... Pedro Rico is the highest ranked Pepperdine player at No. 13, while Scott Doerner checked in at No. 46 in the most recent ITA rankings ... As a doubles tandem, Rico and Doerner are ranked No. 9 in the nation ... Pepperdine will be seeking just its fourth win over the Cardinal, as Stanford has posted a 25-3 all-time mark against the Waves.

SCOUTING THE GOLDEN BEARS: Currently ranked No. 35 in the ITA team rankings, California registered a pair of important Pac-10 victories over the weekend ... The Bears upset No. 6 ranked UCLA at the Hellman Tennis Complex on Friday, 4-3, and topped No. 13 ranked USC on Saturday, 5-2 ... Cal improved to 10-9 overall and 4-2 in Pac-10 play with the victories ... Conor Niland enters the week as Cal's top-ranked singles competitor, checking in at No. 16 in the most recent singles rankings ... Lennart Maack also earned a rank in the singles listing, receiving a No. 100 ranking ... The tandem of Niland and Patrick Briaud is ranked No. 21 in the doubles listing ... Cal and Stanford matched up once already this season, with the Cardinal taking a 5-2 victory in Berkeley on January 29th ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Golden Bears, having posted a 76-12 mark against their Bay Area rivals.

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.

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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