Cardinal To Host Stanford Challenge
April 13, 2004
No. 10 Stanford (14-6) vs No. 20 Pepperdine (15-7) Tuesday, April 13th - 1:30 PM
Stanford, Calif. - Taube Tennis Center
No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 4 UCLA (16-5, 4-1) Friday, April 16th - 1:30 PM*
Stanford, Calif. - Taube Tennis Center
No. 10 Stanford vs. No. 3 USC (18-2, 5-0) Saturday, April 17th - 1:00 PM*
Stanford, Calif. - Taube Tennis Center
* Conference matches
COMING UP: The Cardinal return to The Farm to host the Stanford Challenge presented by Cashin Company Realtors. Stanford will host No. 20 Pepperdine on Tuesday, before welcoming rival UCLA and USC to The Farm on Friday, April 16th and 17th, respectively. This weekend's matches also represent the last regular season home matches of legendary Stanford Head Coach Dick Gould.
STANFORD NOTES: The Cardinal return to The Farm with a 14-6 overall record and a 4-1 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play ... Stanford is coming off of a sweep of the Arizona schools. The Cardinal defeated the No. 47 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, 7-0, and the No. 23 ranked Arizona Wildcats, 6-1 ... The Cardinal boast a 12-6 record versus ranked teams this season ... Legendary coach Dick Gould, who will step down from coaching to assume the position of Director of Tennis for Stanford University at the conclusion of the season, has posted a 771-146 (.841) record during his tenure on The Farm ... Three Cardinal players are ranked among the nation's best in junior Sam Warburg, freshman James Wan and sophomore KC Corkery. Warburg, who started the season ranked No. 71, has climbed up to No. 11 in the latest ITA listings, while Wan is ranked No. 85 and Corkery is ranked No. 110 ... Wan has played exceptionally well in his first season at Stanford, posting a 25-2 overall record and a 21-0 mark in dual match play ... Stanford owns a 9-2 record at the Taube Tennis Center this season.
SCOUTING THE PEPPERDINE WAVES: The Waves enter the week with a No. 20 national ranking (ITA rankings: 4/6) and a 15-7 overall record ... Pepperdine is currently on a three-match winning streak with its most recent win being a 5-2 victory over No. 39 Fresno State ... The Waves hail from the West Coast Conference ... The Waves boast two doubles teams ranked in the top 50. The tandem of Calle Hansen and Pedro Rico own a No. 22 ranking, while the duo of Scott Doerner and Alexandre Herrera come in at No. 42 in the latest ITA listing ... In singles play, Rico is ranked No. 22, while Hansen, the defending WCC Player of the Year, is ranked No. 45 ... Pepperdine will be seeking just its fourth win ever versus the Cardinal, posting a 3-24 all-time record versus Stanford ... The two teams faced off last season with the Cardinal registering a 7-0 win over the Waves at the Taube Tennis Center.
SCOUTING THE UCLA BRUINS: The Bruins enter the week with a 16-5 overall record and a 4-1 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play ... UCLA is ranked No. 4 in the latest ITA poll ... The Bruins already own a win versus the Cardinal this season, defeating Stanford, 5-2 on April 3rd ... The Bruins head to The Farm on a seven-match winning streak. UCLA has four of those matches by a 7-0 score ... The Bruins boast one of the best doubles team in the country in No. 8 ranked Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta ... In singles play, UCLA has five players that are ranked by the ITA. Tobias Clemens is the highest ranked Bruin, coming in at No. 6 in the latest rankings. Clemens is followed in the rankings by Francis, who is ranked No. 52, Kwinta at No. 62, Chris Lam at No. 82 and Philipp Gruendler at No. 106 ... The Bruins and the Cardinal split their season series last season, with the visiting team walking off the court with the win. The all-time series between the Bruins and the Cardinal has been tight, with the Stanford holding a slim 53-47 edge.
SCOUTING THE USC TROJANS: The Trojans enter the week with an 18-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in Pacific-10 Conference play ... USC is currently riding a 10-match winning streak. One of those wins was a 4-3 victory over the Cardinal back on April 2nd ... USC's only losses are a 4-3 setback versus UCLA (1/30 and a 6-1 loss to Duke (3/11) ... The Trojans only trail the Cardinal in most NCAA Team Championships with 16 overall titles ... The Trojans can capture the Pac-10 Conference regular season title this weekend with a win at Cal and a win versus the Cardinal on Saturday, April 17th ... USC's doubles team of Drew Hoskins and Daniel Langre is currently ranked No. 12 in the latest ITA rankings ... Five USC players are ranked in the top 100 in the latest ITA rankings. Adriano Biasella is ranked No. 23, Johan Berg No. 73, Jamil Al-Agba No. 83, Drew Hoskins No. 94 and Ruben Torres No. 95 ... Stanford swept the season series with the Trojans last season and the Cardinal own a 52-45 all-time record versus USC.
CORKERY AND WARBURG CAPTURE DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP: The duo of junior Sam Warburg and sophomore All-American KC Corkery captured the consolation championship at the 115th annual Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club on March 7th. Corkery and Warburg, the No. 3 seeded team in the tournament, suffered a first round loss in the main draw on the 5th, but regrouped to win four matches in two days to capture the consolation championship. In the semifinal of the consolation bracket, Corkery Warburg beat the independent team of Neel Grover and Julien Heine, 6-4, 6-4. In the finals, Corkery and Warburg defeated Stephen Bass and Eric Langenkamp of Notre Dame, 6-4, 6-2.
GOING FOR THE GOULD: Few coaches in the history of Division I athletics have obtained the level of success that Stanford men's tennis Head Coach Dick Gould has achieved. After 37 years and 17 national titles, the legendary coach will retire at the end of the 2003-04 season. However, Gould will still be very much involved with Stanford tennis as he will assume the position of Director of Tennis for the university. Throughout the years, Gould, the John L. Hinds Director of Men's Tennis, has proven himself to be one of the top collegiate tennis coaches in the nation. Gould was honored by Wilson Sporting Goods and the ITA as 'Coach of the Decade' in men's collegiate tennis during the 1980's and again for the 1990's. The award is fitting as Gould's Stanford teams captured six NCAA team titles in both the 80's and 90's. Gould was also named the 2000 NCAA Coach of the Year. Under the tutelage of Gould, some of the world's finest tennis players have developed their games during NCAA play at Stanford. A list of former players reads somewhat like a Who's Who in Professional Tennis. In total, 15 different Stanford players have reached the finals, and 12 others have reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament while playing for Gould. Under Gould's watch, 10 players have captured the national championship, while another 10 players have finished as national runner ups in the NCAA doubles tournament. Forty-nine of his players have earned All-America honors. The Cardinal men's team has finished in the NCAA top five in 29 out of the last 34 years. In NCAA team competition, Stanford has won 85 of 95 (.895) matches during the 25 years in which it was invited to participate. On three occasions, Stanford has captured back-to-back NCAA titles-1973-74, 1977-78 and 1980-81. The Cardinal won three consecutive team titles from 1988-90 and four in a row from 1995-98. Three Gould-coached squads have recorded unblemished records in 1998 (28-0), 1995 (27-0) and 1978 (24-0), and five times his teams have lost only one match.
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