Cardinal Hosts NCAA First/Second Round on May 13-14
May 9, 2006
The Cardinal: Stanford begins its quest for an 18th NCAA championship this weekend as it plays host to the NCAA First/Second round at the Taube Tennis Center ... The Cardinal, 15-3 overall and ranked 13th in the country, will play Quinnipiac on Saturday, May 13 in the first round ... The winner of the second round match on Sunday, May 14 will advance to the NCAA championships, which will be held at Stanford from May 20-29.
NCAA First/Second Round at Stanford
Sat., May 13, 9:00 am - #20 California (15-6) vs. UCSB (14-10)
Sat., May 13, 12:00 pm - #13 Stanford (15-3) vs. Quinnipiac (14-6)
Sun., May 14, 11:00 am - Second round match (Saturday's winners)
Winner of second round match advances to NCAA Championships
Stanford in the NCAA's: No team in college tennis history can match the success of the Cardinal in NCAA action ... Stanford has won 17 NCAA men's tennis championships, more than any school in the nation ... Since the NCAA went to its current format in 1977, the Cardinal has an overall record of 89-12 in the NCAA Tournament - an amazing .881 winning percentage ... A year ago, Stanford beat the University of San Diego in the first round, then lost to Pepperdine in the second round.
The Field: The Cardinal comes in ranked 13th in the nation having won nine of their last 10 dual matches ... Stanford went 11-1 at the Taube Tennis Center this season with its only loss coming against Baylor, the fifth-seed in the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford's opening round opponent is Quinnipiac University from Hamden, Conn. ... The Bobcats, champions of the NEC (Northeast Conference), are 14-7 overall and 6-1 in the conference ... Cal finished the season ranked 20th with a 15-6 overall record ... Conor Niland, the Bear's No. 1 player, was named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Year ...
Pac-10 Champions: Stanford claimed a share of the Pac-10 team championship for the 15th time in school history and the first since the 2003 season ... The Cardinal finished with a 6-1 conference reading, tied with UCLA for the league championship ... Stanford beat Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Washington, Oregon and Cal in league play with its only loss coming at UCLA.
Pac-10 Honors: Freshman Matt Bruch was named the Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and First-Team All-Pac-10 while head coach John Whitlinger was selected as the Coach of the Year ... Senior KC Corkery, a Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection the past three years, was named to the First-Team in 2006 ... Second-Team honors went to James Wan and James Pade.
NCAA Singles/Doubles: Matt Bruch and KC Corkery were among those chosen to compete for individual titles at the NCAA Championships while Corkery and James Pade will vie for the doubles title ... Bruch is seeded ninth in the NCAA Singles draw while Corkery was selected as an at-large competitor ... James Wan was chosen as an alternate ... In doubles, Corkery and Pade were selected as at-large participants ... The NCAA singles and doubles competitions runs from May 24-29.
Bruch Wins Pac-10 Title: Matt Bruch added to his freshman resume when he won the Pacific-10 Conference Individual Singles title on April 30, further establishing himself as one of the top players in the country ... In his first season on the Farm, Bruch has chalked up a 25-8 overall record, reached the semifinals of the All-America Championships and the quarterfinals of the National Indoors ... He is seeded ninth in the NCAA Singles Championships and was recently named First-Team All-Pac-10 and the conference's Newcomer of the Year.
Corkery Continues: In his four years at Stanford, KC Corkery has placed his name among the most accomplished tennis players in school history ... He is a three-time All-America and a four-time All-Pac-10 selection ... He is currently ranked 25th in the nation in singles and 16th in doubles with James Pade ... Corkery went 14-2 in dual matches this season and 27-5 overall ... His career dual match record now stands at 83-21 - a winning percentage of .799 ... He teamed with Sam Warburg to win the 2004 NCAA doubles championship.
Wan's Way: Junior James Wan is 16-2 in dual matches this season and his career mark of 58-11 and winning percentage of .841 is among the best in Stanford history ... Wan, currently ranked 66th in the nation, was named Second-Team All-Pac-10 in 2006 and an alternate for the NCAA Singles Tournament ... Wan, the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, has gone 23-3, 19-6 and 16-2 in dual matches the past three years.
Pade's Return: Junior James Pade has returned from a 2005 redshirt season to become one of the team's top weapons ... Pade, named Second-Team All-Pac-10, has chalked up a 16-3 dual match record and 25-7 overall mark in `06 ... His career dual match record is 49-15 ... One of the top doubles players in the nation, he is ranked No. 16 with KC Corkery and No. 44 with Blake Muller.
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