No. 22 Stanford Set To Face San Diego In First Round Of NCAA Tournament
May 10, 2005
NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
First and Second Rounds at Malibu, CA- May 14-15
May 14- No. 9 Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine- 10 am
May 14- No. 22 Stanford vs. No. 39 San Diego- Not before 1:00 pm
May 15- Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2- 1pm
COMING UP: The No. 22 ranked Stanford men's tennis team opens NCAA Tournament play against San Diego in Malibu on Saturday. The match is scheduled to begin no earlier than 1:00 pm, and the winner will advance to the second round where they will face the winner of the contest between Pepperdine and UC Irvine. The host Waves received the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the second round match will advance to the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.
STANFORD AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Stanford program has a long and storied history at the NCAA Championships, having won 17 team titles and 27 individual crowns. Since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1977, Stanford has posted an amazing 84-10 (.894) record in post-season dual matches and has won 15 of 27 possible team titles. The Cardinal missed out on selection only twice during that stretch, failing to make the field in 1982 and 1987. Stanford players have also claimed 13 singles championships and 14 doubles titles, including last season's NCAA triumph by the duo of Sam Warburg and KC Corkery. Last season, the Cardinal advanced to the 'Elite-8' before falling to USC.
WARBURG TABBED FOR REGIONAL HONOR: Senior Sam Warburg was named as the recipient of the 2005 West Region ITA/Ted Farnsworth Senior Player of the Year Award on Monday. The recipient of the national Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 25th in College Station, Texas during the NCAA Championship tournament.
THREE CARDINAL GARNER PAC-10 HONORS: Sam Warburg was named as the Pac-10 men's Player of the Year for the second straight season, and the duo of Warburg and KC Corkery were tabbed for Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year honors as announced by the conference office last Friday. Warburg also earned first team All-Conference honors, while Corkery was named to the All-Pac-10 second team and sophomore James Wan received All-Pac-10 honorable mention accolades. Warburg was named to the All-Conference first team for the second straight season and has now captured Pac-10 honors for three consecutive years, receiving second team recognition as a sophomore. Corkery was named to the All-Conference second team for the third straight year, and Wan received honorable mention recognition for the second straight season.
WARBURG AND CORKERY SELECTED FOR NCAA INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENTS: Sam Warburg and KC Corkery were both selected to compete for NCAA individual titles as announced by the NCAA subcommittee last Thursday. Warburg will enter the 64-player singles tournament as the No. 2 seed, while Corkery has been seeded in the 9-16 grouping. As a doubles tandem, the two players will attempt to defend their doubles championship from last season. The duo received the No. 2 seed in the 32-team doubles field. Both competitions will be conducted from May 25-30 at the Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas following the conclusion of the NCAA team championship.
STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Cardinal dropped one spot from No. 21 to No. 22 in the most recent ITA rankings released on May 2 ... Sam Warburg moved into the No. 1 spot after capturing the Pac-10 singles title and has remained in the top spot for two straight ranking periods ... KC Corkery dropped a pair of spots from No. 13 to No. 15 after not competing at the Pac-10 singles championship ... Sophomore James Wan advanced to the quarterfinals at the Pac-10 singles championship, and moved up three slots to No. 73 in the most recent ITA listing ... The duo of Warburg and Corkery are ranked No. 3 in doubles play.
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. 1 ranked singles player in the nation, has excelled in his senior season on The Farm. Warburg defended his Pac-10 singles title successfully, reeling off five straight wins to capture the conference crown. Among the players that Warburg knocked off en route to the title were No. 37 ranked Alex Slovic of Washington, No. 16 ranked Sven Swinnen of Oregon, and No. 10 ranked Alex Vlaski of Washington. Warburg has posted a 36-5 overall mark so far this year and enters the post-season on a 15-match winning streak. The senior is also 21-2 in dual matches and needs just three more wins to move into a tie with Cardinal alum Ryan Wolters (1996-99) for first place on the Stanford all-time dual match wins chart with 90 ... Junior KC Corkery is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation after reaching a season-high No. 13 ranking in the previous ITA listing. Five of Corkery's last six dual match victories have come against ranked opposition, and he is currently riding a nine-match winning streak into the post-season ... Corkery did not compete in singles play at the Pac-10 Championships ... Sophomore James Wan improved to 11-1 in matches at the No. 4 singles position with his recent straight set victory over Santa Clara's Francisco Zepponi. Wan advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 singles championships before falling to No. 10 ranked Alex Slovic of Washington. The sophomore knocked off a pair of ranked opponents at the Pac-10 championships, topping No. 48 ranked Roger Matalonga of Arizona and No. 64 ranked Drew Hoskins of USC. The No. 73 ranked Wan is 4-4 against ranked opposition and has gone 15-6 against Pac-10 opponents this season ... 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 a 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 ... Kao advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Invitational singles draw, evening his overall record to 19-19 ... The No. 3 ranked doubles tandem of Warburg and Corkery capped an outstanding regular season by winning the Pac-10 doubles title. The reigning NCAA Champions have put together a memorable campaign so far, posting a 35-6 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.
SCOUTING THE FIELD AT MALIBU: San Diego enters the post-season with a 16-6 overall record, and have recorded eight wins over ranked opponents this season including a 5-2 victory over No. 12 Washington in March. USD's Pierrick Ysern is the nation's No. 10 ranked singles competitor and has gone 15-4 in dual matches this season ... No. 9 ranked Pepperdine received the No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament and has posted a 21-2 mark this season, including a 4-3 win over Stanford in April. The Waves are led by No. 25 ranked Pedro Rico and No. 34 ranked Scott Doerner in singles competition, and the squad is 15-0 at home this season ... UC Irvine is 14-8 on the season and secured a bid to the NCAA Tournament by claiming the Big West Conference title with a 4-3 win over Pacific.