Sam Warburg Falls in Finals at Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 10, 2004
Chattanooga, Tenn. - Senior Sam Warburg fell to Mississippi's Catalin Gard in the finals of the men's singles draw at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships in Chattanooga on Sunday morning. Warburg became the first Cardinal to advance to the finals of the tournament since K.J. Hippensteel took home the title in 2001.
In a match that took two hours and 20 minutes to complete, the No. 1 seeded Gard took the first set 7-5 before Warburg rebounded to capture the second set, 6-2. The senior from Mississippi pulled away to claim the third and deciding set, 6-3.
The match marked the first time that a No. 1 seed and a No. 2 seed have met in the finals of the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships since 1991, when recently inducted Stanford Hall of Fame member Alex O'Brien claimed the tournament title.
Warburg continued Stanford's winning tradition at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships. The Cardinal leads all schools with six singles champions at this event, including four champs between 1995-2001. A senior from Sacramento, Calif., Warburg was named ITA National Player to Watch last season after improving his national singles ranking by 66 spots during the course of last season (from No. 71 to No. 5). During the summer, he improved his ATP Entry Ranking by more than 600 spots.
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.
Men's Main Singles (Finals)
1. Catalin Gard (Mississippi) def. Sam Warburg (Stanford), 7-5, 2-6, 6-3