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April 08, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Friday, April 08, 2005

Cardinal men need to gain momentum Cardinal men need to gain momentum (April 08, 2005)

by Rick Eymer

The Stanford men's tennis team hopes to pick up some momentum in the final five matches of the regular season, all to be played at Taube Tennis Center.

The 18th-ranked Cardinal (3-1, 11-7) open with a Pac-10 match against No. 12 USC today at 1:30 p.m. to kick off The Stanford Challenge, a four-match series sponsored by the Cashin Company.

Seventh-ranked UCLA comes to town on Saturday at 1 p.m. Pepperdine comes in on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Cal visits the following weekend.

Stanford finishes the regular season on Tuesday, April 19 with a makeup match against visiting Santa Clara.

Stanford has won six of seven home matches, with the lone loss a 4-3 decision to second-ranked Illinois. The Cardinal has also dropped 4-3 decisions to both the Trojans and Bruins earlier in the season.

With the Pac-10 championships beginning in two weeks, the Stanford Challenge will provide a good barometer of the Cardinal's improvement in John Whitlinger's first season as head coach.

The third-ranked doubles team of Sam Warburg and KC Corkery could help set the tone over the final weeks of the season as they try to defend their NCAA doubles championship. Warburg, ranked second in singles, is also among the favorites in the singles tournament.

Warburg has won his last five dual meet matches and is 26-5 overall. Corkery, ranked 18th in singles, is 23-6 overall.

Sophomore James Wan moved back into the No. 3 singles spot after winning 10 of his 11 dual meet matches in the fourth spot.

Warburg, Corkery and Wan are a combined 69-18 (.793) on the year while the rest of the team is 45-50 (.474).

In doubles, Warburg and Corkery are 30-4, while the rest of the team is 32-31.

Women's tennis

Top-ranked and unbeaten Stanford (4-0, 17-0) faces a tough road test this weekend when it travels south to USC and UCLA for a pair of Pac-10 matches.

Stanford and third-ranked USC play today at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium, and the Cardinal and No. 11 Bruins meet at noon on Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.

Stanford, which owns a 46-match winning streak, handed the Women of Troy their only loss, 5-2, at Stanford on Feb. 26.

Two-time defending NCAA singles champion Amber Liu is currently ranked ninth in the nation and Stanford has six players among the top 51.

Erin Burdette ranks 20th, followed by Alice Barnes at 29, Lejla Hodzic at 38, Theresa Logar at 45 and Whitney Deason at 51.

USC's Nicole Leimbach is ranked No. 10 in the nation in singles, while Lindsey Nelson is ranked No. 13.

Stanford and UCLA also meet for the second time. Earlier this year, the Cardinal posted a 6-1 victory over the Bruins, giving up only the doubles point.

The Bruins' Riza Zalameda is ranked No. 23 in singles and Daniela Bercek is ranked No. 25.

Stanford hosts Cal Poly on Thursday, April 14, in its final regular-season home match.

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