Cardinal Ranked No. 5 In ITA Preseason Poll
Jan. 13, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford University men's tennis team is ranked No. 5 in the country in the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason poll released on Tuesday, January 13. The Cardinal, led by Head Coach Dick Gould has captured an NCAA record 17 men's tennis team championships.
Stanford received 1,696 votes, just 22 shy of Florida and Vanderbilt, who tied for third in the preseason poll with 1,718 votes. Illinois, the 2003 NCAA team champions, received 19 first place votes and 1,780 overall votes to edge Baylor, who tallied 13 first place and 1,777 overall. Rounding out the top 10 is Mississippi (1,662) at sixth, UCLA (1,656) at seventh, Duke (1,638) at eighth, and Texas A&M (1,597) and Kentucky (1,531) at ninth and 10th, respectively.
Last season, Stanford went 25-4 en route to winning its third Pac-10 Championship in the last four years. The Cardinal advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Illinois, 4-2.
The Cardinal will be led by a trio of players in junior Sam Warburg and sophomores KC Corkery and James Pade. The Cardinal also boast two solid doubles teams in Corkery and Pade and Warburg and redshirt senior Carter Morris.
Preseason Ranked Singles:
Corkery, ranked No. 43 in the ITA preseason singles listings, enjoyed a spectacular freshman season, earning All-American honors. The Manhattan Beach, CA native posted a 31-5 singles record and a near flawless 21-1 dual match record. Corkery's play earned him 2003 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and ITA West Region Rookie of the Year honors. Corkery, who was invited to participate in the NCAA Singles Championship, was named the 2003 Stanford Freshman Athlete of the Year. Corkery finished the 2002-03 season by winning 23 of his last 24 matches, including 13 of his 17 matches versus nationally ranked opponents.
Warburg enters the 2003-04 season ranked No. 71 in the preseason ITA rankings. In two seasons on The Farm, Warburg has posted a career dual singles winning percentage of .880 (44-6). Warburg compiled a 32-4 overall singles record and a 24-2 dual match record in 2003. For his efforts, Warburg was named All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
Pade, ranked No. 82 in the preseason ITA singles poll, quietly enjoyed a solid freshman season in 2002-03, posting a 23-6 overall singles mark and a 20-4 dual match record.
Preseason Ranked Doubles:
As freshmen last season, Corkery and Pade played like seasoned veterans. The duo started the 2002-03 season unranked but soon found themselves ranked among the nation's elite doubles teams, reaching as high as No. 9. Corkery and Pade, who enter the 2003-04 season ranked No. 10 in the ITA preseason doubles listings, posted wins in the 2003 NCAA Team Championships over Oral Roberts (8-3), Fresno State (8-3), Tulane (9-8), California (8-6), and Illinois (9-8). The tandem posted a 33-11 record and closed out the season by winning 14 of their last 15 matches.
The Cardinal will participate in the Sherwood Cup on January 16-19, before traveling to Tulsa on January 24th. Stanford's first home match is on January 27th when the Cardinal host Hawaii at 1:30 pm (PT).