Stanford Faces Duke in Round of 16 Match on Saturday, May 20

May 17, 2006

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The Cardinal: Stanford advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 by beating Quinnipiac and California by identical 4-0 scores in last weekend's NCAA First and Second Round matches ... The Cardinal, now 17-3 overall and ranked 13th in the country, will begin its quest for an 18th NCAA championship on Saturday, May 20 at 3:00 pm when it faces fourth-seeded Duke in the Round of 16 ... The winner of the match will advance to the quarterfinals on May 21 and play the winner of the Baylor/Washington match

Cardinal's Starting Lineup
Singles (ranking), Dual, Overall
1. K.C. Corkery (25), Sr., 14-2,27-5
2. Matt Bruch (16), Fr., 9-5, 27-8
3. James Pade, Jr., 18-3, 27-7
4. James Wan (66), Jr., 17-2, 24-7
5. Blake Muller, Fr., 12-7, 23-10
6. Phil Kao, So., 12-7, 20-11
1. Corkery / Pade (16), 8-1, 16-4
2. Bruch / Muller, 3-0, 4-2
3. Wan/Wong, 5-4, 12-5

NCAA Round of 16 Begins May 20
Sat., May 20, 3:00 pm - #13 Stanford (17-3) vs. #4 Duke (22-6)
Sun., May 21, 3:00 pm - Stan/Duke winner vs. Baylor/Wash winner
Mon., May 22, 10:00 am/1:00 pm - Semifinals
Tue., May 23, 6:30 pm - Championship match

First-Ever Combined Championship: This year marks the first time in NCAA tennis history that both the men's and women's championship finals will be held at the same venue ... Stanford has hosted the women's NCAA Tournament on four occasions (1991, 1992, 1997, 2002).

NCAA First/Second Round: Stanford advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 by beating Quinnipiac (May 13) and Cal (May 14) last weekend at the Taube Tennis Center ... After winning the doubles point in each match, the Cardinal won the first three singles matches to secure the win ... Matt Bruch, James Pade and James Wan won their singles matches against Quinnipiac while Bruch, Pade and Phil Kao beat their rivals from Cal as Stanford knocked off the Bears for the third time this season.

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 91-12 in the NCAA Tournament - an amazing .883 winning percentage.

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.

Head Coach John Whitlinger: John Whitlinger is in his second season as the Cardinal's head coach and 20th overall at Stanford ... A two-time All-America as a player on the Farm in 1974 and `75, Whitlinger was an assistant coach under Dick Gould from 1987-2004 and was a part of nine NCAA team championships ... Whitlinger's two-year record as head coach now stands at 31-14 ... He was named this year's Pac-10 Coach of the Year after leading the Cardinal to a co-championship with a 6-1 league record ... As a player at Stanford under Gould, Whitlinger helped lead the Cardinal to its first two NCAA championships in 1973 and `74 ... He won the NCAA singles and doubles titles in 1974 ... He is a member of the ITA Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame and the Stanford Athletics hall of Fame ... A native of Neenah, Wisconsin, Whitlinger was a touring pro for six years after he graduated from Stanford ... He was ranked among the top-50 in the world in singles and top-40 in doubles.

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