Men's Tennis Advances To Semifinals Of National Team Indoors
Feb. 17, 2001
SEATTLE, Wash. - Top-ranked Stanford University (5-0) posted its second 4-0 victory in as many days as it knocked off ninth-ranked Florida (4-0) in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Friday night at the University of Washington.
The Cardinal, who also beat Florida 4-0 in the semifinals of last year's NCAA Championships, will meet the winner of the late Friday night match between fifth-ranked Duke and 19th-ranked Washington on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in the semifinals. Stanford, which beat Washington 4-3 on Jan. 27 in Seattle, is the defending champion in this event.
Stanford clinched the victory over Florida with three straight set singles victories. Defending NCAA Singles Champion Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) and senior Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) both claimed singles wins for the second straight day. Fifth-ranked Kim beat 56th-ranked Olivier Levant 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, while Ansari dispatched of Ross Greenstein 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. Stanford's other singles winner was sophomore Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS), who knocked off West Knot 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6.
Stanford also claimed the doubles point for the fifth time in as many dual matches this season. Tenth-ranked Lipsky and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) improved to 16-2 with a win at No. 2 doubles, while 28th-ranked Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) and Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's) prevailed at No. 3 doubles.
#1 Stanford 4, #9 Florida 0
No. 1 - #5 Alex Kim (STAN) d. #56 Olivier Levant, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 - #67 Jeremy Wurtzman (FLA) vs. K.J. Hippensteel (STAN), did not finish
No. 3 - #86 Troy Hahn (FLA) vs. #20 David Martin (STAN), did not finish
No. 4 - Matt Behrmann (FLA) vs. #44 Ryan Haviland (STAN), did not finish
No. 5 - Ali Ansari (STAN) d. Ross Greenstein, 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 - Scott Lipsky (STAN) d. West Knot, 6-3, 6-2
Records - #9 Florida 4-1, #1 Stanford 5-0.
Other scores - Championship bracket: Texas Christian 4, Oklahoma State 0, UCLA 4, Texas A&M 3, Duke vs. Washington (late). Consolation bracket: Tennessee 4, Mississippi 2, Virginia Commonwealth 4, San Diego State 2, Georgia 4, Pepperdine 1, Illinois vs. Princeton (late).