No. 6 Cardinal Hosts No. 16 Cal in Non-Conference Match

Feb. 16, 2006

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The Cardinal: Stanford returns to action on Saturday, February 18 to take on California at the Taube Tennis Center in a non-conference match that begins at 1:00 pm ... The Cardinal has won its first four dual matches and has risen to No. 6 in the national rankings ... The Bears are 4-1 and ranked 16th in the country ... Saturday's match is the fifth of seven consecutive home matches to begin the 2006 campaign.

Streaking: Stanford has won its first four dual matches of the season, including impressive back-to-back wins over then-No. 18 USC and then-No. 4 UCLA ... The Cardinal began the year with a 6-1 win over Hawaii, then beat the Trojans and Bruins by identical 4-3 scores ... Stanford pushed its win streak to four last week with a 6-1 victory over visiting U.C. Irvine ... The Cardinal is off to its best start since the 2002 team began the year 7-0.

Player Notes: Senior KC Corkery, who has played No. 1 singles in each of Stanford's four dual matches, is off to an impressive start ... The three-time All-American is 14-3 overall in singles ... Al three losses have come against nationally-ranked opponents, including the No. 2 and No. 3 players ... Junior James Pade, returning from a redshirt year, is 5-0 in dual matches playing No. 2 and No. 3 and 12-3 overall ... All five of his dual match victories have come in straight sets and all three of his losses have been against nationally-ranked players ... Freshman Blake Muller has earned a spot in the starting lineup after putting together an 11-4 overall record and a 4-1 mark in dual matches, including 3-0 playing No. 4 ... Senior James Wan is 7-4 overall this season and 4-0 in dual matches ... Wan's career record now stands at 64-23 and his career dual match record is an eye-opening 47-9 ... Freshman Matt Bruch, who is ranked No. 4 nationally, has yet to play in Stanford's four dual matches this season due to injury.

More Notes: Through four dual matches, the Cardinal has used Muller, junior Eric McKean and senior Jon Wong at No. 5 singles and Won and sophomore Chris Rasmussen at No. 6 ... In doubles, Stanford's No. 1 team of Corkery and Pade, ranked No. 5 in the nation, have won 12 of their 15 matches, including four of five in dual matches ... Stanford's No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams, however, have gone just 4-6 in four dual matches.

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