No. 22 Stanford Heads To Malibu For NCAA First And Second Rounds

May 4, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - The No. 22 ranked Stanford men's tennis team will travel to Malibu, CA for the first round of the NCAA Championship Tournament on May 14-15th. The Cardinal will take on San Diego in first round action at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center next Saturday, while host Pepperdine faces UC Irvine in first round play.

'We're happy to be in and we can't wait to get started in our preparations for the tournament,' said head coach John Whitlinger. 'We look forward to playing on the road and we know that San Diego is going to be a tough first round opponent.'

Stanford's lineup features the nation's top ranked singles player as well as the No. 3 ranked doubles tandem according to the most recent ITA rankings. Senior Sam Warburg, who recently captured his second straight Pac-10 singles championship, moved into the No. 1 ranking on April 26th. The doubles tandem of Warburg and junior KC Corkery is currently ranked No. 3, but spent time as the No. 1 ranked duo in the nation and are the reigning NCAA doubles champions. Corkery is currently ranked No. 15 in the nation in singles play, while sophomore James Wan checks in at No. 73 in the most recent ITA listing. The Cardinal wrapped up the regular season with a 13-10 overall team record.

Stanford will take on a familiar opponent in No. 39 ranked San Diego on May 14th, as the Cardinal knocked off the Toreros at the Taube Tennis Center in February, 7-0. San Diego features the nation's No. 10 ranked singles player in junior Pierrick Ysern. Stanford also matched up against No. 8 seeded Pepperdine earlier this season, falling to the Waves in April by a 4-3 margin.

Stanford holds an 18-1 all-time record against San Diego, and has posted a 25-4 all-time mark against Pepperdine.

The winner of the first two rounds will travel to College Station, TX for the men's championship finals, hosted by Texas A&M.

NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament

First Round at Malibu, CA- May 14
Stanford vs. San Diego - TBA
No. 8 Pepperdine vs. UC Irvine- TBA

Second Round at Malibu, CA- May 15
Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 2 - TBA

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