Stanford is 16-3 and coming off an emotional 4-3 win over Cal-Berkeley this past Tuesday. The dual match came down to the last match, where sophomore Sam Warburg won 6-4 in the third set at #4 singles. It was an incredible comeback by Warburg, who, with darkness approaching, was down 4-1 and two service breaks in the third set before a spirited home crowd helped Sam win the last five games of the match. Cal had won the doubles point but David Martin, ranked #12, scored an impressive 6-4, 6-2 victory at #1 for the Cardinal. Cal won at #2 while Stanford's KC Corkery claimed a point with a straight-set win at #3. After splitting two more singles matches, the dual match stood at 3-3, setting up Warburg's heroics.
With that victory, Stanford split its season series with Cal and prevented the Bears from its first-ever season sweep against the Cardinal. Records only go back to 1967 (Coach Dick Gould's first year on The Farm), during which time Stanford has thoroughly dominated the series, sporting a 73-11 record. During this span, only twice (in 1969 and 1987) did Cal win the season series versus Stanford (winning two out of three dual matches both times). However, the most competitive season between the two schools may have been in 1980. As coach Gould recalls, "When we split four matches in 1980, we split regular season matches, Cal beat us in the finals of the team Indoor championship, and we beat them in the finals of the NCAA championships, in a match Cal was in position to win." Just like last Tuesday......
Last weekend, Stanford smoked Southern Cal, 7-0, one of the most lopsided dual matches in this heated tennis rivalry. Stanford won the doubles point before sweeping all six singles matches without the loss of a single set. Scott Lipsky posted an impressive 6-4, 6-3 victory at #2 over the Trojans Johan Berg (from Stockholm, Sweden - the birth town of yours truly) while David Martin was dismantling Prakash Amritraj at #1 (6-2, 6-1). However, the UCLA Bruins came to town on Saturday and rudely bested Stanford, 5-2. The Cardinal lone points came at #2 and #3 singles, where Scott Lipsky and KC Corkery prevailed.
Stanford faces Arizona State on Friday afternoon at 1:30. The Sun Devils are 29th in the latest rankings and are coming off a huge upset of #15 Washington last weekend. However, ASU's highest ranked player is Pim Van Mele at #81 and Stanford enjoys an all-time 44-1 record against the Devils. On Saturday at noon, the foe will be #33 Arizona. The Wildcats also beat the Huskies last weekend, 4-3, winning four of six singles matches. This series has also been quite one-sided - Stanford is 48-1 versus the Cats since 1967.
Finally, on Tuesday at 1:30, Stanford's home finale of 2003 will pit the Cardinal against the Waves of Pepperdine. The Waves feature two players (Calle Hansen and Pedro Rico) ranked in the Top 60 and their top doubles team (Hansen/Diego Acuna) is #9 in the latest rankings. Pepperdine is only 11-9 on the season but have posted impressive victories over USC, Georgia and #9 Duke. However, last weekend, top-ranked Illinois shut out the Waves, 7-0.
Come out and support the Cardinal! The players appreciate it and you can make a difference. Just ask Sam Warburg!
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