Men's Tennis To Compete In ITA Regional Championships This Weekend

Oct. 27, 2000

STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford University men's tennis team competes in its final tournament of the fall this Saturday through Tuesday when it plays in the 10-school ITA Regional Championships at the University of California.

The 128-player singles and 64-team doubles draws will feature two rounds a day through Monday, concluding with the singles, doubles and consolation finals on Tuesday afternoon. Singles play begins on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. with the first and second round of the main draw and first round of consolation play, with doubles to follow at 2:30 p.m. Joining Stanford in the tournament are California, Fresno State, Nevada, Oregon, Pacific, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara and Washington.

The Cardinal boasts the defending singles and doubles champions in the annual event, though neither will compete this weekend. Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) defeated then-senior teammate Geoff Abrams to win the singles title last November in Seattle, while K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) captured the doubles championship. Kim, who is ranked No. 1 in the ITA Preseason Rankings, will not compete this weekend, while Hippensteel will only be playing singles.

The tournament features the collegiate debuts of Stanford freshmen Eduardo Cardoso (Brasilia, Brazil/Palmer) and Joseph Kao (Fullerton, CA/Sunny Hills HS), who are the only newcomers on the 10-player squad. Stanford also has seven returners entered in the singles draw - 96th-ranked Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS), Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS), fifth-ranked Hippensteel, Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS), 74th-ranked Martin, Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's HS) and 79th-ranked Scotty Scott (Belvedere, CA/Pinewood HS).

Stanford will also have four doubles entrants - Ansari/Scott, Cardoso/Kao, Haviland/Morris and Lipsky/Martin.

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