Stanford Travels To Tulsa For NCAA Tournament
May 19, 2004
NCAA Championships - May 22-31, 2004
University of Tulsa - Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Team Championship: May 22-25
Individual Championship: May 26-31
COMING UP: After defeating Pacific (CA) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and slipping past a tough Washington squad in the second round, the Cardinal head to Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate in the NCAA Championship.
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 775-147 (.841), and an amazing 87-10 (.897) 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 ... Stanford defeated Pacific (CA), 4-0, in the first round of the tournament, then slipped past No. 23 ranked Washington, 4-2, in the second round to advance to the round of 16 ... The Cardinal own a 15-7 record versus ranked opponents and a 9-4 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 87-10 (.897) 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.
THE CARDINAL'S ROAD TO TULSA: First Round: Stanford 4, Pacific 0 - The Cardinal opened the 2004 NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 win over the Pacific Tigers in first round action at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cardinal opened the match by capturing the doubles point. The tandem of senior captain Carter Morris and junior Sam Warburg cruised to an 8-2 win over Pacific's Lennart Maack and Niclas Otte. Stanford sealed up the doubles point when KC Corkery and doubles partner junior Phil Sheng dispatched UOP's Michael Duong and Vladimir Zdravkovic, 8-3. Stanford stayed aggressive during singles play, capturing three consecutive matches to collect the 4-0. Corkery handled Pacific's Arnar Sigurdsson, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 2 singles spot, while Morris was the next Cardinal to finish, downing Otte, 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles position. Warburg, the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year, closed out the win for the Cardinal with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Maack, the 2004 Big West Conference Player of the Year, 6-3, 6-2.
Second Round: Stanford 4, Washington 2 - In the second round, the Cardinal rallied for a thrilling 4-2 win over the No. 23 ranked Washington Huskies. Stanford battled the Huskies in the doubles matches, but Washington would earn the doubles point. 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 Alex 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 Alex 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 Nick Weiss at the No. 6 spot. Sophomore James Pade rallied to defeat Scharler, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, at the No. 5 singles spot, clinching the win for the Cardinal.
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.
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