Cardinal Face Pacific In NCAA First Round Action
May 12, 2004
NCAA First Round*
No. 23 Washington (14-8) vs. No. 64 New Mexico - May 15th - 9:00 am (PT)
No. 9 Stanford (16-7) vs. Pacific (15-9) - May 15th - 12:00 pm (PT)
NCAA Second Round*
Washington/New Mexico vs. Stanford/Pacific - May 16th - 12:00 pm (PT)
*All matches to be played at the Taube Tennis Center
COMING UP: The Stanford Cardinal will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on May 15-16th at the Taube Tennis Center. The No. 9 ranked Cardinal will face the Pacific (CA) Tigers in first round action on the 15th. No. 23 Washington and No. 64 New Mexico square-off in the other first round match. The winners of the two first round matches will compete in the second round on the 16th at 12:00 pm (PT).
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets can be purchased for the upcoming NCAA First and Second Rounds by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Tournament passes will be available as will single day tickets. The Taube Tennis Center ticket booth will open one hour prior to the first match of each day.
CARDINAL SEASON NOTES: Legendary Head Coach Dick Gould will lead the Cardinal into the NCAA Tournament one last time before retiring at the conclusion of the season to assume the position of Director of Tennis for the university. During his 38-year run, Gould has amassed an overall record of 773-147 (.840), and an amazing 85-10 dual match record in NCAA Tournament play ... Stanford has won 17 NCAA Team Championships, the most in NCAA history ... Entering the 2003-04 season, every player who has played four years under Gould's tutelage has won an NCAA Championship ring ... The Cardinal are ranked No. 9 in the latest ITA poll ... Stanford has posted a 16-7 overall record this season and a 5-2 mark in Pac-10 play. The 5-2 record in conference play was good for third place in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal own a 14-7 record versus ranked opponents and an 8-4 mark versus Pac-10 foes this season ... Junior Sam Warburg, who captured the Pac-10 individual singles title at last month's Pac-10 Championships, was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and named to the All-Pac-10 First Team. Freshman James Wan was named Co-Newcomer of the Year with Washington's Alex Slovic, while sophomore KC Corkery was selected to the All-Pac-10 Second Team.
STANFORD IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: No team has captured more NCAA team championships than Stanford, who has won 17 titles ... The Cardinal have posted an amazing 85-10 (.895) dual match record during NCAA Championship play ... Since the NCAA adopted its current tournament format in 1977, Stanford has won 15 of a possible 27 championships and has finished as runner-up twice ... Stanford has also been home to 13 NCAA singles champions and 13 NCAA doubles champions. The Cardinal's 13 singles championships ranked second all-time, while their 13 doubles titles rank third all-time ... Stanford last won the NCAA team championship in 2000, the same year that Alex Kim claimed the NCAA singles championship.
CARDINAL IN THE RANKINGS: The Cardinal are ranked No. 9 in the latest ITA poll, while three players are ranked among the nation's best. Junior Sam Warburg has reached a career-best No. 8 national ranking after winning the Pac-10 singles championship, while sophomore KC Corkery is ranked No. 65 and freshman James Wan is ranked No. 102. The doubles tandem of Corkery and Warburg are currently ranked No. 8 in the country, while Corkery and sophomore James Pade are ranked No. 32. The team of senior Carter Morris and Warburg are ranked No. 35.
SCOUTING THE NCAA REGIONAL FIELD: The No. 64 ranked New Mexico Lobos, who enter the weekend with a 17-6 overall record, are in the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since 1999 ... This season's tournament invitation is the ninth in Lobos' history ... UNM claimed both the Mountain West Conference regular season and tournament titles this season, posting a perfect 5-0 record in conference action ... The Lobos are led by senior Divan Coetzee, who is ranked No. 22 in the latest ITA rankings. Coetzee was named the MWC Player of the Year ... The Pacific Tigers enter the NCAA Tournament fresh off of winning the Big West Conference tournament ... The Tigers own a 15-9 overall record this season ... Pacific will be making its third trip to the NCAA Tournament ... UOP is led by sophomore Lennart Maack, who was named the Big West Player of the Year, while Head Coach Guido Baumann was named the 2004 Big West Coach of the Year ... The No. 23 ranked Washington Huskies head to The Farm with a 14-8 overall record, while finishing fourth in the Pac-10 with a 4-3 mark ... The Huskies are making their 10th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament ... In 2002, the Huskies traveled to The Farm for the NCAA Regionals and upset the Cardinal in the second round ... Washington is led by junior All-American Alex Vlaski and freshman standout Alex Slovic.
WARBURG WINS PAC-10 SINGLES TITLE, SHENG/WAN WIN DOUBLES TITLE: Junior Sam Warburg capped a brilliant Pac-10 Individual Tournament by capturing the men's singles title. Warburg collected five wins in four days en route to winning the title. In the finals of the singles main draw, The Sacramento, CA native collected a 7-6, 6-3 straight sets win over USC's No. 31 ranked Adriano Biaselia to claim the Pac-10 men's singles crown. Warburg is the ninth Stanford men's tennis player to capture the Pac-10 singles title since the tournament began in 1987. In an all-Stanford invitational doubles final, junior Phil Sheng and freshman James Wan edged the freshman duo of Eric McKean and Chris Rasmussen, 8-5 to claim the title.
WARBURG, WAN AND CORKERY HONORED: Junior Sam Warburg was selected as the 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year, as voted on by the league coaches. Freshman standout James Wan was named as the 2004 Pac-10 Co-Newcomer of the Year, sharing the award with Washington's Alex Slovic. Warburg has enjoyed a dominant junior season, posting a 28-7 overall record and capturing the Pacific-10 Singles Championship. This season, Warburg has recorded a 19-3 dual match record and has registered a 15-2 mark versus Pac-10 opponents. Ranked No. 71 in the ITA preseason poll, Warburg has competed against and defeated some of the best players in the country, earning a career-high No. 8 ranking in the latest ITA poll. Warburg has posted a 19-3 record versus ranked opponents and a perfect 7-0 record versus opponents ranked in the top 25. In addition to winning the conference player of the year award, Warburg was also named to the Pac-10 First Team. Wan has enjoyed a spectacular first season on The Farm. The Woodbury, NY native is currently ranked No. 102 in the latest ITA rankings. Wan has had an immediate impact on the Cardinal lineup, stepping in to post a 27-4 overall record and a near perfect 23-1 dual match record, while playing primarily at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots. This season, Wan has posted an 11-2 mark versus Pac-10 opponents. Sophomore KC Corkery, currently ranked No. 65 in the country, garnered Second Team All-Pac-10 honors for the second year in a row. The Manhattan Beach, CA native was slowed by injuries in the beginning of the season, but came on late in the season, posting a 5-1 record in his last six matches. Corkery owns a 13-13 overall record and a 12-10 mark in dual match play.