Stanford Outlasts Washington, 4-2
May 16, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 9 ranked Stanford University men's tennis team advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 4-2 win over the No. 23 ranked Washington Huskies in the second round of the tournament, Sunday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cardinal improve to 18-7 on the year and will travel to Tulsa, OK to compete in the round of 16. Washington finishes its season with a 15-10 overall record.
In a match that took over four hours, the Huskies jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by capturing the doubles point. Washington's Peter Scharler and Christoph Palmanshofer rallied to defeat the Cardinal tandem of James Pade and James Wan, 8-6, at the No. 3 doubles position.
At the No. 1 doubles spot, the Husky duo of Alex Vlaski and Daniel Chu held a commanding 5-2 lead midway through their match with Stanford's Carter Morris and Sam Warburg. Morris and Warburg would rally to defeat Vlaski and Chu, 9-7, to even things up at 1-1.
In the decisive No. 2 doubles position, the Cardinal tandem of sophomore KC Corkery and junior Phil Sheng, were within one point of giving Stanford the doubles point at 7-5, but they were unable to close out the match as Washington's Nick Weiss and Alex Slovic rallied for a 9-7 win.
Needing four of the six singles matches to advance, the Cardinal came out refocused. Corkery evened the score at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 straight sets win over No. 25 ranked Slovic at the No. 2 singles spot. Stanford would go up 2-1 when Warburg, ranked No. 8 in the latest ITA poll, collected an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 10 ranked Vlaski at the No. 1 singles spot.
Morris, the Cardinal team captain, gave Stanford a 3-1 advantage with a straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, win over Weiss at the No. 6 spot.
With Stanford up 3-1, the drama began to unfold as Washington trimmed the Cardinal's lead to 3-2 when Palmanshofer defeated Sheng, 6-1, 7-6 at the No. 4 singles spot. It would be up to the No. 3 and No. 5 singles spots to determine which team would earn the right to advance to the next round. Pade rallied to defeat Scharler, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, at the No. 5 singles spot, clinching the win for the Cardinal. Wan was leading his match versus Chu, 3-6, 6-3, 4-1, at the No. 3 position before play was suspended.
Stanford will now prepare for the round of 16, which is held in Tulsa, OK on May 22-25. The Cardinal will face the No. 8 ranked Florida Gators, who defeated Arizona, 4-0, in the second round.
Stanford - 4
Washington - 2
Doubles (Washington Wins Point)
1. Carter Morris/Sam Warburg (S) def. Alex Vlaski/Daniel Chu (W) - 9-7
2. Alex Slovic/Nick Weiss (W) def. KC Corkery/Phil Sheng (S) - 9-7
3. Christoph Palmanshofer/Peter Scharler (W) def. James Pade/James Wan (S) - 8-6
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Sam Warburg (S) def. Alex Vlaski (W) - 6-3, 6-2
2. KC Corkery (S) def. Alex SLovic (W) - 6-3, 6-2
3. James Wan (S) vs. Daniel Chu (W) - 3-6, 6-3, 4-1 (DNF)
4. Christoph Palmanshofer (W) def. Phil Sheng (S) - 6-1, 7-6
5. James Pade (S) def. Peter Scharler (W) - 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
6. Carter Morris (S) def. Nick Weiss (W) - 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 6, 4, 5