Stanford Men Set To Defend National Team Indoor Title
Feb. 13, 2001
STANFORD SET TO DEFEND NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR TITLE: The top-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team (3-0 overall, 2-0 Pacific-10 Conference) shoots for its second USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship title, and third in the last four years, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at the University of Washington on Feb. 15-18 ... The Cardinal begins its back-to-back quest on Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. against 61st-ranked Princeton University (0-0) ... The winner of that match will meet the winner of the matchup between #8 Illinois (3-0) and #9 Florida (2-0) in quarterfinal action on Friday at 4:00 p.m. ... The semifinals will then be held on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., with the championship match to follow on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ... The 16-team field includes each of the top 12 ranked teams in the country ... The other four teams in Stanford's bracket are #4 Georgia (1-0), #5 Duke (0-0), #12 Pepperdine (5-0) and #25 Washington (4-2) ... The other eight-team bracket features #2 Tennessee (1-0), #3 UCLA (3-0), #6 Texas A&M (2-0), #7 TCU (1-0), #10 Mississippi (1-0), #11 Virginia Commonwealth (6-0) #43 San Diego State (1-1) and #44 Oklahoma State (0-0).
STANFORD AT THE NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: Stanford has won the prestigious National Team Indoor Championships a record 11 times since the event's inception in 1973 (1973, '75, '76, '78, '85, '90, '92, '94, '95, '98, 2000), and has won six titles since 1990 ... Either Stanford or UCLA has won the event each year since 1990 (Stanford 6, UCLA 5), and a California school has brought home the title every year since 1984 ... Last season, Stanford defeated UCLA 4-3 in the finals in Louisville, Kentucky ... Eventual NCAA singles champion Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) broke the 3-3 tie with a 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4 third set tiebreaker) victory over the Bruins' Jong-Min Lee ... The Cardinal reached the championship match with victories over Illinois (4-3), Indiana State (7-1) and Tennessee (4-3).
THE RANKINGS: Stanford University has remained in the No. 1 spot through all three rankings periods during the 2000-01 season ... In fact, Stanford has continuously held the top ranking in the nation since Apr. 12 of last season ... Individually, Stanford boasts six of the top 100 singles players in the country, according to the Dec. 12 rankings ... Sophomore David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) leads the way at No. 14, followed by senior Scotty Scott (Belvedere, CA/Pinewood School) at No. 43, sophomore Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) at No. 46, junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) at No. 52, senior Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) at No. 83 and sophomore Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's) at No. 86 ... On the doubles side, Ansari and Scott, who are No. 32, are Stanford's only nationally ranked duo.
TOURNAMENT TALK: Stanford University has entered four tournaments during the 2000-01 school year, and walked away with at least one title at three of those events ... At the ITA Regionals/Indoor Qualifier in Berkeley on Oct. 28-Nov. 1, junior K.J. Hippensteel won his second career singles title at the event, and sophomores Scott Lipsky and David Martin won their first career double title ... Hippensteel defeated Cal's Adrian Barnes 6-4, 6-1 in the singles final and Lipsky and Martin beat the Golden Bears' Barnes and Scott Kintz 8-4 ... At the Sherwood Collegiate Cup on Jan. 13-15 in Thousand Oaks, seniors Ali Ansari and Scotty Scott won their first career doubles title and Ansari captured the consolation singles title ... Ansari and Scott defeated teammates Lipsky and Martin 8-5 in the doubles final, while Ansari outlasted Chris Sands of UCLA 9-7 in the consolation singles final ... At the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship (the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam) on Feb. 1-4 near Dallas, Alex Kim won his first collegiate singles title since capturing the 2000 NCAA Singles Championship ... Kim defeated four of the top 15 ranked players in the nation on his way to the title, culminating with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 defeat of fourth-ranked Oskar Johansson of Arkansas in the finals.
ALEX KIM PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Alex Kim is picking up in 2001 where he left off in 2000 ... The Cardinal senior, and defending NCAA Singles Champion, is off to a 7-1 start in 2001 after taking the fall off to play professionally ... After opening the season with dual wins at Oregon and Washington, Kim captured the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship in Farmers Branch, Texas on Feb. 1-4 ... The singles title was the fourth of Kim's illustrious Stanford career, and second ITA Grand Slam title ... Last year, Kim put his name alongside such Stanford notables as John McEnroe (1978) and Tim Mayotte (1981) when he became the 13th player in school history to win the NCAA Singles Championship ... Kim, who entered the tournament as the fifth seed, was dominant in his six victories ... He lost just one set en route to the title - a second set tiebreaker to teammate K.J. Hippensteel in the semifinals - and posted a convincing 6-1, 6-1 victory over Carlos Drada of Kentucky in the finals ... Kim's six tournament victories gave him a final singles mark of 48-7, which set a new school single season record for victories.
A LOOK BACK: The Stanford University men's tennis program won its fifth NCAA Team Championship in the last six years, and record 17th overall, in convincing fashion last season ... The top-ranked and top-seeded Cardinal (28-1 overall, 7-0 Pac-10) won five of its six NCAA Tournament matches by a decisive 4-0 margin, and outscored its postseason opponents by a combined score of 24-1 ... Stanford posted an impressive shutout win over #3 Florida in the semis on May 22, before blanking cinderella story Virginia Commonwealth, who was just a No, 17-32 seed and ranked 19th in the nation, 4-0 in the championship match on May 23 ... The one point Stanford lost in the 2000 team tournament is second only to the record-setting 1998 squad that did not lose a point in four postseason wins and dropped just three points all season en route to a 28-0 record ... Two other Cardinal teams - 1996 and 1997 - lost just two points in four NCAA matches en route to team titles.
MORE ON THE TEAM TITLE ...: The Cardinal's 17 NCAA Team Championships (1973, '74, '77, '78, '80, '81, '83, '86, '88, '89, '90, '92, '95, '96, '97, '98, '99), all coming under 34th-year head coach Dick Gould, is tops among Division I schools ... Stanford has been nothing short of dominant since the NCAA Championships went to its present dual format in 1977 ... Since that time, Stanford has won 15 of a possible 24 national titles, qualified for the tournament on 22 occasions and racked up an amazing 77-7 (.917) record in NCAA dual competition, including 24 wins in its last 25 tries dating back to 1995 ... Stanford has won at least one match in all 22 of its postseason appearances during that span, and has never lost two in a row ... The Cardinal's longest dry spell between NCAA titles since 1977 has been just three years (1983-86 & 1992-95), and it has won two or more titles in a row on four different occasions ... Stanford won four straight from 1995-98, three straight from 1988-90 and two in a row in both 1977-78 and 1980-81.