No. 9 Cardinal To Compete At Pac-10 Championship
April 21, 2004
No. 9 Stanford at Pac-10 Tournament - April 22-25 - All Day
Libbey Park - Ojai, Calif.
COMING UP: The Stanford University men's tennis team heads to Ojai, California to compete in the Pac-10 singles and doubles championship tournament. The Pac-10 competition will be held in conjunction with the 104th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT: There will be two different draws - the main championship and the invitational - in both singles and doubles competition at the Pac-10 Championship. The 32-player men's singles championship draw consists of four student-athletes from each school, and the 16-team championship doubles draw consists of two doubles teams from each school. Juniors Sam Warburg and Phil Sheng, along with sophomore KC Corkery and freshman James Wan will compete in the singles main draw. In the doubles main draw, the tandems of senior captain Carter Morris and Warburg, along with sophomore James Pade and Corkery, will compete for the Pac-10 doubles title. Senior Joe Kao, Morris, Pade, along with freshmen Eric McKean and Chris Rasmussen will compete in the invitational singles draw. Competing in the doubles invitational draw will be the teams of McKean and Rasmussen and Pade and Wan.
STANFORD NOTES: The Cardinal finished third in the Pac-10 with a 16-7 overall record and a 5-2 mark in conference play ... Stanford enters the weekend with a No. 9 national ranking ... Every year, the Cardinal play one of the toughest schedules in the country. The 2003-04 season is no different. The Cardinal have faced 21 ranked opponents this season, posting a 14-7 record. In fact, the Cardinal's 15 previous opponents are ranked ... 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 773-147 (.840) record during his tenure on The Farm ... Three Cardinal players are ranked among the nation's best in junior Sam Warburg, sophomore KC Corkery and freshman James Wan. Warburg, who started the season ranked No. 71, has climbed up to No. 11 in the latest ITA listings, while Corkery is ranked No. 61 and Wan is ranked No. 107 ... Wan has played exceptionally well in his first season at Stanford, posting a 27-3 overall record and a 23-1 mark in dual match play ... Warburg has developed into one of the top players in the country. Since moving to the No. 1 singles position, the Sacramento Calif. native has posted a 14-3 record with 12 of the 14 wins coming versus ranked opponents.
LAST WEEK: The Cardinal posted a 2-1 record last week against three of the toughest teams in the country. The Cardinal hosted No. 25 Pepperdine, No. 4 UCLA and No. 3 USC in the Stanford Challenge. Stanford started the week with an impressive 5-2 win over the Waves before narrowly falling to the Bruins, 4-3. The Cardinal would bounce back to spoil USC's hopes of a perfect Pac-10 record and an out-right conference title with a 5-2 win over the Trojans. The Cardinal were led by the one-two punch of junior Sam Warburg and sophomore KC Corkery. Warburg, playing at the No. 1 position, posted a 3-0 record with all three wins coming versus highly ranked opponents. Not to be out-done, Corkery also registered a 3-0 mark playing at the No. 2 spot with two of the wins coming versus ranked opponents. Stanford's doubles teams also played well, capturing the doubles point in two of the three matches. The tandem of sophomore James Pade and freshman James Wan recorded a perfect 3-0 record, while senior captain Carter Morris and Warburg teamed up at the No. 1 doubles position to collect two big wins (Pepperdine's No. 22 ranked Calle Hansen and Pedro Rico and UCLA's No. 8 ranked Alberto Francis and Kris Kwinta).
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.