Stanford Falls To USC, 4-0, In Quarterfinal Action
May 23, 2004
TULSA, Okla. - The Stanford University men's tennis team's season came to an end Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to USC in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus. The loss also represents the end of an era, in tennis and Stanford history, as Cardinal Head Coach Dick Gould coached his last team in the NCAA Championship. However, Gould will attempt to guide junior Sam Warburg and the tandem of KC Corkery and Warburg to singles and doubles NCAA Championships, respectively on May 26-31.
Stanford finishes its season with a 19-9 overall record, while the Trojans advance to face Baylor in the semifinals.
The Cardinal fell behind early, dropping two consecutive doubles matches to lose the doubles point. The tandem of junior Phil Sheng and Corkery fell to Drew Hoskins and Daniel Langre, 8-6, at the No. 2 doubles spot. The Trojans secured the doubles point when USC's Parker Collins and Ruben Torres edged sophomore James Pade and freshman James Wan, 9-7.
Down 1-0 heading into the singles contests, the Cardinal had their work cut out for them, needing to capture four of the six singles matches to win the contest. But it was the Trojans that came out firing, sweeping three straight singles contests to close out the Cardinal. Wan fell to USC's Johan Berg, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 3 singles spot, before Hoskins downed freshman Chris Rasmussen, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 6 singles position. Torres defeated Pade, 6-2, 7-5, at the No. 5 singles spot to give the Trojans the win.
'Someone asked me when we played our last match at home, was that nostalgic,' said Gould. 'That kind of blew my mind a little bit because I hadn't thought about it being nostalgic at all, and then today. You don't think about it. You're out there trying to win a match, and doing all you can do to win it. Maybe tonight I can sit back and think about it some. There's just so much going on during the match, that you can't let your mind wander like that, or you're going to get your butt kicked. But, right now I haven't had a chance to think about it. Right now, I wish I was coming back tomorrow.'
Gould leaves behind a legacy that is unmatched. He has led Stanford to an unprecedented 17 NCAA titles and has posted an all-time record of 776-148 (.840) in 38 years on The Farm.
'I've only been part of this program for three years, so I've only been at the later stages, compared to the 38 that he's been here,' said Warburg. 'I'm glad that he was able to have so many awesome experiences and matches like yesterday's match. I remember him saying it was one of the closest and longest matches he's ever seen in NCAA history, and for him it's quite a history. I mean 17 titles. He's been around the block and back. He's done pretty much everything you could ask and more. I'm just proud, happy and honored to be part of his team.'
Warburg, the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year, will attempt to become the 14th NCAA Singles Champion in Stanford history in the upcoming Singles Championship. The Sacramento, CA native will team with Corkery and look to become the 14th doubles tandem in school history in the doubles championship.
NCAA Men's Tennis Quarterfinals - Tulsa, Okla.
#4 USC 4
#9 Stanford 0
(1) #35 Morris/Warburg (Stan) vs. #44 Biasella/Berg (USC) - DNF
(2) #18 Hoskins/Langre (USC) def. Corkery/Sheng (Stan) - 8-6
(3) Collins/Torres (USC) def. Pade/Wan (Stan) - 9-7
USC wins doubles point.
(1) #8 Sam Warburg (Stan) vs. #19 Adriano Biasella (USC) - DNF
(2) #65 K.C. Corkery (Stan) vs. #86 Jamil Al-Agba (USC) - DNF
(3) #82 Johan Berg (USC) def. #102 James Wan (Stan) - 6-0, 6-1
(4) Phil Sheng (Stan) vs. Daniel Langre (USC) - DNF
(5) #105 Ruben Torres (USC) def. James Pade (Stan) - 6-2, 7-5
(6) Drew Hoskins (USC) def. Chris Rasmussen (Stan) - 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: D3, D2*, S3, S6, S5
* Match-clinching victories.