Corkery and Warburg To Compete For NCAA Doubles Crown
May 30, 2004
TULSA, Okla. - The Stanford University men's tennis doubles team of junior Sam Warburg and Sophomore KC Corkery advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Doubles Championship with a dramatic three-set win in the semifinals, Sunday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus.
The Cardinal duo will attempt to become the 14th doubles team in Stanford men's tennis history to claim an NCAA doubles championship when they face Bo Hodge and John Isner of Georgia in the NCAA finals on Monday afternoon.
Stanford's 13 NCAA doubles champions rank as the third most in NCAA history, behind only USC (20) and Harvard (17).
The Cardinal tandem defeated Jarmaine Jenkins and Nathan Thompson of Clemson in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-7, (5), 7-6 (9-7). Corkery and Warburg came out firing, taking game one, 6-1.
'I think we won like the first 12 points in a row,' said Corkery. 'We were rolling, so I don't know if they (Clemson's Jenkins and Thompson) made any changes or not. We knew we were not going to be able to keep up that pace.'
Jenkins and Thompson battled back to take the second set, 6-7 (5), and jumped out to the early lead in the third set. The Clemson tandem had multiple chances in the third set to serve out the match, but Corkery and Warburg battled back to capture the third set, 7-6 (9-7).
'They had two chances to serve the match out, and both times we got off to good starts. I don't know if they got tight or what the reason was for it.' said Corkery.
NCAA Doubles Championship - Semifinals
KC Corkery/Sam Warburg (STAN) def. Jarmaine Jenkins/Nathan Thompson (CLEM) - 6-1, 6-7, (5), 7-6 (9-7).