Men's Tennis Routs #55 Princeton 4-0 In First Round Of National Team Indoors

Feb. 16, 2001

SEATTLE, Wash. - Top-ranked Stanford University (4-0) opened defense of its USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship with an easy 4-0 first round win over #55 Princeton (0-2) late Thursday night at the University of Washington. The Cardinal lost just 15 games to the Tigers in its five victories (three singles and two doubles).

In the quarterfinals, the 11-time National Team Indoor Champion Cardinal will face eighth-ranked Florida (4-0) at 4:00 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Gators advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-3 win over ninth-ranked Illinois.

Stanford first captured the doubles point by losing a combined total of just five games in the two matches. K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) and Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) defeated Daniel Friedman and Judson Williams 8-4 at No. 1 doubles and 10th-ranked Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) dominated Kyle Kliegerman and Tim Kofol 8-1 at No. 2 doubles to give Stanford the first point.

Stanford then lost just 10 games in three singles matches to earn the four points required to clinch the match. Fifth-ranked Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS), who is the defending NCAA Singles Champion, won his eighth match in nine tries this season by knocking off Kliegerman 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. The Cardinal also received convincing singles victories from 26th-ranked Hippensteel at No. 2 (6-1, 6-1) and senior Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) at No. 5 (6-4, 6-0).

#1 Stanford 4, #55 Princeton 0

SINGLES

No. 1 - #5 Alex Kim (STAN) d. Kyle Kliegerman, 6-2, 6-2

No. 2 - #26 K.J. Hippensteel (STAN) d. Judson Williams, 6-1, 6-1

No. 3 - Trevor Smith (PRIN) vs. #20 David Martin (STAN), did not finish

No. 4 - Tim Kofol (PRIN) vs. #44 Ryan Haviland (STAN), did not finish

No. 5 - Ali Ansari (STAN) d. Daniel Friedman, 6-4, 6-0

No. 6 - Nick Benjamin (PRIN) vs. Scott Lipsky (STAN), did not finish

DOUBLES

No. 1 - K.J. Hippensteel/Alex Kim (STAN) d. Daniel Friedman/Judson Williams, 8-4

No. 2 - #10 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (STAN) d. Kyle Kliegerman/Tim Kofol, 8-1

No. 3 - Darren Joe/Trevor Smith (PRIN) vs. #28 (tie) Ryan Haviland/Carter Morris (STAN), did not finish

Records - #55 Princeton 0-2, #1 Stanford 4-0.

Other scores - Oklahoma State 4, Tennessee 2, Texas Christian 4, Mississippi 2, UCLA 4, San Diego State 0, Texas A&M 4, Virginia Commonwealth 0, Duke 4, Pepperdine 1, Washington 4, Georgia 3, Florida 4, Illinois 3.

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