2004-05 Honor Roll: Sam Warburg

Most of the winners of The Bootleg's 2004-05 Honor Roll finished their season with some top finish in NCAA competition. For men's tennis senior Sam Warburg, the honor comes despite a precipitous postseason shortfall. The Sacramento (Calif.) native was a top performer throughout the season in both singles and doubles for Stanford.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2004/2005 school-year.

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.  We previously have recognized Tony Azevedo, Alice Barnes, Nicole Barnhart, Caroline Bruce, Gary Marshall, Erica McLain, Ogonna Nnamani and Michael Robertson amongst this year's winners.  Our ninth announced member of the The Bootleg's 2004-05 Honor Roll is men's tennis performer Sam Warburg.

Though he ultimately fell short in NCAA postseason play, Sam Warburg's success in the Pac-10 and his national ranking over the course of the season have earned him a spot on The Bootleg's 2004-05 Honor Roll.

Warburg's 2004-05 campaign started at the National Indoor Championships in November.  Paired with junior K.C. Corkery, the senior Warburg became national runners-up after dropping an 8-5 decision to the top-seeded duo from Ohio State.  The strong finish came just months after Warburg and Corkery captured the 2004 NCAA Doubles Championship and set the stage for the remainder of Warburg's senior season.

Warburg next made his impact felt at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. A straight-set victory over Washington's Alex Vlaski gave Warburg his second straight Pac-10 singles championship.  The communications major (and Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention recipient) then teamed with Corkery to win the Pac-10 doubles title with a hard-fought 8-6 win over Washington's Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic.  After the title, the duo was named the Pac-10 Doubles Team of the Year.

For the championship sweep, Warburg was named First Team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 Player of the Year for the second straight season.  Because Warburg was Second Team All-Pac-10 as a sophomore, his senior campaign marked the third straight year he has received conference recognition.  Warburg then advanced to the NCAA Championships, where his results were far from ideal.  In the team competition, Stanford bowed out to No. 9 Pepperdine in the second round, and in the doubles competition, the No. 2-seeded Warburg and Corkery fell to a team from LSU in the national semis.  Perhaps the biggest disappointment came in singles play, however, as Warburg, the national No. 2 seed, fell to unseeded Izak van der Merwe of Old Dominion, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round.

Nonetheless, one poor showing does not erase a season of top-notch performances.  Warburg finished his senior year with a 37-6 overall record, including a 22-2 mark at the No. 1 singles slot in dual match play.  This stellar record came against tough enough competition that the ITA ranked Warburg the No. 1 college singles player throughout much of the season.  Paired with Corkery, Warburg was a similarly spectacular 38-7, including 16-4 against opponents' No. 1 doubles teams in dual matches.

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