Sam Warburg Advances To Semifinals At The Pac-10 Championship

April 22, 2005

Ojai, Calif. - The Stanford men's tennis team continued action at the Pac-10 Championship in Ojai on Friday, with senior Sam Warburg advancing to the semifinals of the main singles draw with a three-set win over Washington's Alex Slovic. Warburg also teamed with junior KC Corkery in the main doubles draw to post a pair of victories and advance to the semifinals.

Warburg, the No. 2 ranked player in the nation and the defending Pac-10 champion, dropped the first set of his match with Washington's Alex Slovic but rebounded to post a 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 victory. Warburg will take on Oregon's Sven Swinnen in a semifinal slated to begin at 9:30 am on Saturday. Sophomore James Wan also competed in quarterfinal action in the main singles draw, falling to No. 10 ranked Alex Vlaski of Washington 6-4, 6-2.

In the main doubles draw, Warburg and Corkery registered an 8-5 win over Cal's Tyler Browne and Daniel Sebescen in first round action before knocking off Christoph Palmanshofer and Alex Vlaski of Washington in the quarterfinals, 8-2. The duo will face UCLA's No. 21 ranked pairing of Kris Kwinta and Alberto Francis in the semifinals on Saturday. Senior Phil Sheng and junior Jon Wong fell in the first round of the main doubles draw, dropping an 8-6 decision to the No. 42 ranked tandem of Philipp Gruendler and Benjamin Koehlloeffel from UCLA.

In the Pac-10 Invitational draw, the duo of Wan and sophomore Eric McKean received a first round bye and advanced to the semifinals with an 8-0 win over Arizona State's Christopher Biro and Ryan McBride. The duo of sophomore David Ryan and freshman Phil Kao also received a first round bye, but fell in the second round to USC's Jeff Kazarian and Kaes Van't Hof, 8-4. Kao captured the first set of his quarterfinal match in the Invitational singles draw, but fell to UCLA's Mathieu Dehaine 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.

The Pac-10 Championship continues at Libbey Park in Ojai on Saturday. Updated results and draws can be found at www.ojaitourney.org.

Main Singles Draw

Quarterfinals
1. #2 Sam Warburg (Stanford) def. #37 Alex Slovic (Washington) - 5-7, 6-1, 7-6
2. #10 Alex Slovic (Washington) def. James Wan (Stanford) - 6-4, 6-2

Main Doubles Draw

Round of 16
1. #4 Warburg/Corkery (Stanford) def. Browne/Sebescen (Cal) - 8-5
2. #42 Gruendler/Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. Sheng/Wong (Stanford) - 8-6

Quarterfinals
1. #4 Warburg/Corkery (Stanford) def. Palmanshofer/Vlaski (Washington) - 8-2

Pac-10 Invitational Singles Draw

Quarterfinals
1. Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. Phil Kao (Stanford) - 4-5, 7-5, 7-5

Pac-10 Invitational Doubles Draw

Quarterfinals
1. McKean/Wan (Stanford) def. Biro/McBride (Arizona State) - 8-0
2. Kazarian/Van't Hof (USC) def. Kao/Ryan (Stanford) - 8-4

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