Stanford Competes at Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 4, 2004
Chattanooga, Tenn. - The Stanford doubles tandem of senior Phil Sheng and sophomore James Wan were edged 9-7 by Paul Rose and David Robinson of Purdue on the first day of qualifying at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships in Chattanooga on Monday. The reigning NCAA champion doubles team of Sam Warburg and KC Corkery begin play as the tournament's top seed on Thursday.
In the singles qualifying competition, Sheng dropped a three-set match to Matt Lockin of Vanderbilt, 6-7, 7-6, 3-6. Alex Farquharson of the University of Texas-Arlington knocked of Wan in singles play, 4-6, 3-6.
Warburg and Corkery begin play on Thursday as the top seeded doubles tandem in the tournament. Warburg also enters the singles tournament as the No. 2 seeded competitor.
The Icy Hot/ITA Men's All-American Championships offer the first national singles and doubles titles of the season, and are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November.
The top eight seeds in singles for the Oct. 7-10 main draw are (in order): Catalin Gard of Mississippi, Sam Warburg of Stanford, Jesse Witten of Kentucky, Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida, Doug Stewart of Virginia, Gabor Zoltan Pelva of Auburn, Pedro Rico of Pepperdine and Izak van der Merwe of Old Dominion. Auburn's Pelva reached the semifinals at last May's NCAA Championships. Stanford's Warburg and KC Corkery are the defending NCAA doubles champions and will be the top seeds in doubles. All told, 46 of the top 50 players in the preseason ITA singles rankings are competing in this year's main draw.
Updated results can be viewed on the official website of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association at www.itatennis.com.
Men's Qualifying Doubles
1. Rose/Robinson (Purdue) def. Wan/Sheng (Stanford), 9-7