Warburg, Corkery Advance In NCAA Singles Competition
May 26, 2004
TULSA, Okla. - In a crazy first round at the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, No. 8 seeded Sam Warburg and sophomore KC Corkery advanced to the round of 32. The opening round saw five of the top eight seeds fall, the most since 1977.
Warburg, a junior from Sacramento, CA, along with No. 3 seeded Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State and No. 5 Phillip King of Duke, were the only top eight seeded players to advance to the second round.
Warburg, the 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year, rallied from the brink of defeat to overcome Alabama's Stephen Mitchell in three sets, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3. The win over Mitchell, currently ranked No. 42 in the latest ITA poll, represents Warburg's 23rd win over a ranked opponent this season. Warburg was honored earlier on Wednesday, being named the ITA National Player To Watch. Warburg will face Alex Menichini of TCU in the second round on Thursday.
Corkery helped add to the chaos in the first round with a straight sets, 6-0, 7-6, win over No. 6 seeded Jesse Witten of Kentucky. Corkery and Witten are no strangers, as the Stanford sophomore defeated Witten in the second round of last year's championship. Corkery will now face Tulsa's Dustin Taylor in the second round. Taylor defeated Corkery earlier this season when the two teams met in Tulsa for a dual match. Corkery was recovering from an injury and has found his stride late in the season, capturing seven of his last nine matches.