2003-04 Honor Roll: Sam Warburg

OK, so we got a little behind in announcing our tenth and final winner of The Bootleg's Honor Roll. It's rising tennis star, Sam Warburg. The other nine winners were: Tony Azevedo, Amber Liu, Peter Marshall, Jed Lowrie, Matt Gentry, Tara Kirk, Dan Gill, Sara Bei and Josh Childress. Congratulations to all!!!

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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The previously announced winners of this award are Tony Azevedo, Amber Liu, Peter Marshall, Jed Lowrie, Matt Gentry, Tara Kirk, Dan Gill, Sara Bei and Josh Childress.

The tenth and final recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is tennis' Sam Warburg. A junior from Sacramento, CA, Warburg enjoyed a break-through season in 2004. After playing mostly at #4 in 2003, Warburgs ranking was only #71 going into this past season. Early on, he as rotating between the #1 and #2 spot in coach Dick Goulds lineup. However, Warburg started to beat higher ranked opponents on a regular basis and seized the #1 singles spot by early spring. He claimed the Pac-10 singles title and his ranking peaked at #8! At the NCAA’s in Tulsa, OK, Warburg advanced to the singles quarterfinals, earning All-American honors. But, the best was yet to come. Warburg teamed with partner KC Corkery to methodically work their way through the draw and claim the NCAA doubles crown. Quite an achievement, considering that coach Gould had broken up the Corkery-Warburg doubles combo early in the season and the duo had just reunited for the NCAA doubles tourney.

After posting a 33-8 overall record (24-4 versus ranked opponents), Warburg was recognized as the Pac-10 Player of the Year and the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player to Watch for this upcoming season. Warburg will be back on The Farm for his senior season and should be a key to the Cardinal’s team success in 2005!

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