Stanford Men's Tennis Travels To Pac-10 Championship

April 20, 2005

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No. 21 Stanford at Pac-10 Tournament
April 21-24 - All Day
Libbey Park - Ojai, Calif.

COMING UP: The No. 21 ranked Stanford men's tennis team heads to Ojai, California this week to compete in the Pac-10 singles and doubles championship tournament. The Pac-10 event is held in conjunction with the 105th annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament. Senior Sam Warburg captured the Pac-10 singles championship in 2004, and will look to defend his title in this year's tournament.

THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: There will be two different draws - the main championship and the invitational - in both singles and doubles competition at the Pac-10 Championship. The 32-player men's singles championship draw consists of four student-athletes from each school, and the 16-team championship doubles draw consists of two doubles teams from each school. Seniors Sam Warburg and Phil Sheng, along with junior KC Corkery and sophomore James Wan will compete in the main singles draw that begins on Thursday. In the main doubles draw, the duo of Warburg and Corkery will compete along with the pairing of Sheng and junior Jon Wong. In the Pac-10 Invitational, the Cardinal will be represented by freshman Phil Kao, junior Jon Wong, and sophomores Eric McKean and David Ryan. The duo of McKean and Wan along with the pairing of Kao and Ryan will compete in the Pac-10 Invitational doubles tournament.

RECENTLY: The Cardinal suffered a pair of tough losses last week before rebounding to sweep Santa Clara at the Taube Tennis Center on Tuesday afternoon. Last Tuesday, Stanford was edged by No. 8 ranked Pepperdine, 4-3. Senior Sam Warburg and Junior KC Corkery registered wins over ranked opponents in the loss to the Waves. On Saturday, the Cardinal wrapped up Pac-10 play with a 5-2 loss to No. 24 ranked California. The Cardinal closed out regular season dual match play on Tuesday with a 7-0 sweep of Bay Area rival Santa Clara. The Cardinal won all three matches to capture the doubles point and continued to roll in singles play, as Cardinal competitors won all six matches in straight sets to post the victory.STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Cardinal dropped to No. 21 in the most recent ITA rankings released on April 19th following a pair of tough losses last week ... Sam Warburg remains the highest ranked Cardinal singles player at No. 2 in the singles rankings, while KC Corkery continued his rise in the rankings with a season-high No. 13 listing this week ... The tandem of Warburg and Corkery slipped one spot to No. 4 in the doubles rankings.

CARDINAL NOTES: Stanford wrapped up regular season dual match play with a 13-10 record and finished fourth in the Pac-10 with a 4-3 mark ... The Cardinal have registered an 11-10 mark against ranked opposition this season, with six of the team's 10 losses coming to top-10 ranked opposition ... Six of the team's 10 losses have come by a narrow 4-3 margin this season ... Stanford is 10-1 when it wins the doubles point, and 0-8 when it loses the doubles point ... Sam Warburg, the No. 2 ranked singles player in the nation, continued to excel in his senior campaign by earning two victories over top-ranked opponents last week. Warburg topped No. 13 ranked Pedro Rico of Pepperdine last Tuesday, and defeated Cal's No. 16 ranked Conor Niland in three sets last Saturday. The Sacramento native has recorded a 20-3 mark against ranked opposition this season, and will be looking to defend his singles title from last year in this week's Pac-10 Championship ... Junior KC Corkery has seen a steady rise in his national singles ranking recently, jumping from No. 33 to No. 18 before reaching a season-high rank of No. 13 on Tuesday ... Corkery defeated two ranked opponents last week, and is currently riding a nine-match winning streak into the Pac-10 Championship ... Corkery is 20-3 in dual matches, and is 28-6 overall this season ... Sophomore James Wan improved to 11-1 in matches at the No. 4 singles position with his straight set victory over Santa Clara's Francisco Zepponi on Tuesday ... Wan is 17-6 in dual matches and has gone 13-5 in contests against Pac-10 opponents ... 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 12-4 record when getting a win at the No. 4 singles position, a 10-1 mark when winning at the No. 5 singles spot, and an undefeated 9-0 mark when winning at the No. 6 singles position ... Wan and senior Phil Sheng have split time at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots, while freshman Phil Kao and sophomore Eric McKean have split time at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions this season ... The No. 4 ranked doubles tandem of Warburg and Corkery suffered just their fourth dual match loss of the season against Pepperdine last Tuesday. The reigning NCAA Champions have put together a memorable campaign so far, posting a 31-6 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.

PAC-10 RANKINGS REVIEW: 18 Pac-10 singles players were ranked in the ITA top-125 national men's singles rankings as of April 5th. All eight conference teams are represented by individuals, with Stanford's Sam Warburg earning the highest ranking at No. 2. UCLA leads the way with five individuals ranked in the top-125. Nine Pac-10 men's doubles teams are ranked in the top-60, and six schools are represented in the doubles listing. UCLA has three ranked tandems, while the duo of Sam Warburg and KC Corkery is the highest ranked conference doubles pairing at No. 4.

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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