Sam Warburg and KC Corkery To Compete At NCAA Championship
May 24, 2005
COMING UP: Senior Sam Warburg and junior KC Corkery will begin competition at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship on Wednesday. Warburg enters 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 begin the defense of their NCAA doubles championship from last season, having garnered a 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.
STANFORD AT THE NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Stanford players have claimed 13 singles championships and 14 doubles titles in the history of the NCAA Championship, dating back to 1921. The 13 singles crowns rank as the second most of any collegiate program (behind Harvard's 16 individual titles), while the 14 doubles championships are the third most for any program. Warburg and Corkery will be looking for the program's first singles title since Alex Kim claimed the championship in 2000. As a doubles pairing, the duo will attempt to become the first Cardinal tandem to ever win back-to-back doubles championships. Five different Stanford players have claimed singles and doubles titles in the same season: Frederick R. Schroeder, Jr. (1942), Alex Mayer (1973), John Whitlinger (1974), Alex O'Brien (1992), and Bob Bryan (1998).
STANFORD FALLS IN SECOND ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Cardinal traveled to Malibu for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, earning a first round victory over San Diego before falling to host Pepperdine in second round action. Stanford posted a 4-0 win over the Toreros on May 14, with KC Corkery, James Wan, and Eric McKean recording singles victories. The second round match against the Waves went down to the wire, with Sam Warburg and Wan registering wins in singles play before Pepperdine clinched a 4-2 victory.
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 May 9. 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 on May 6. 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.
CORKERY AND WARBURG CAPTURE PACIFIC COAST 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.
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.
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.
CARDINAL NOTES: Stanford wrapped up the season with a 14-11 record and finished fourth in the Pac-10 with a 4-3 mark ... The Cardinal registered a 12-11 mark against ranked opposition this season, with seven of the team's 11 losses coming to top-10 ranked opposition ... Six of the team's 11 losses came by a narrow 4-3 margin this season, with the second round NCAA Tournament loss to Pepperdine coming by a 4-2 score ... Stanford was 11-1 when it won the doubles point, and 0-9 when losing it ... 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 37-5 overall mark so far this year and enters the NCAA Singles Tournament on a 16-match winning streak. The senior is also 22-2 in dual matches ... 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 seven dual match victories have come against ranked opposition, and he had a 10-match winning streak snapped with his loss to Pedro Rico of Pepperdine in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... Sophomore James Wan registered a pair of impressive victories at the No. 3 singles spot against both San Diego and Pepperdine in the NCAA Tournament, and he 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 in April, and the No. 73 ranked Wan is 4-4 against ranked opposition ... 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 ... Warburg and Corkery will look to become the first Stanford tandem to win back-to-back doubles titles this season.