Cardinal Hosts Hawaii in Season Opener

Jan. 25, 2006

Stanford begins the 2006 season in earnest on Thursday, January 26 when it hosts the University of Hawaii at the Taube Tennis Center beginning at 3:00 pm. The Cardinal, which finished the 2005 season with a 14-11 overall record, begins the season ranked 14th in the ITA Preseason Poll. Hawaii is 0-1 in 2006 and unranked.

Leading the way for the Cardinal will be senior K.C. Corkery, a three-time All-American and this year's team captain, and freshman Matt Bruch, who enters the season as the fourth ranked singles player in the nation. Corkery is 11-2 in singles thus far and ranked 21st in the country in singles while Bruch is 14-3.

During the fall campaign, Bruch vaulted to the national spotlight after beating seven nationally ranked opponents and advancing to the semifinals of the All-America Championships and the quarterfinals of the National Indoors. Corkery, the NCAA doubles champion in 2004, was equally impressive in the fall as he reached the semifinals of the National Indoors.

Corkery and teammate James Pade, who is returning after redshirting the 2004-05 season, form one of the top doubles teams in the nation. They were ranked fifth in the preseason poll, advanced to the semifinals of the All-America Championships in the fall and are considered a threat to win the NCAA doubles crown.

Junior James Wan has gone 57-19 in his Cardinal career and will play a key role for Stanford in 2006. He is a two-time all-conference performer and the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year. Along with Pade, Corkery and Bruch, the top of the Cardinal's lineup is impressive heading in to the season.

Stanford will host 'The Stanford Challenge' February 3-4 vs. USC and UCLA in their next home appearance following the Hawaii match. The Cardinal will host the 20th ranked Trojans on Feb. 3 at 1:30 pm, then host the 5th ranked Bruins Feb. 4 at 1:00 pm.

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