#6 Stanford Defeats #1 UCLA, 4-3

April 6, 2001

Los Angeles, Calif. --- 

The sixth-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team handed top-ranked UCLA (16-1) its first loss of the season as the Cardinal improved to 14-1, 3-0 in the Pac-10 at the LA Tennis Center.

The Cardinal won the first point of the day by capturing two of three doubles matches. Senior Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill) and junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) claimed the doubles point at No. 1 after battling back from a 3-4 deficit to win 8-6. At the No. 2 spot, David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) and Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy) snagged a victory to secure the first doubles point.

The Bruins then made a push taking the first two singles matches, but the Cardinal proved too strong. Senior Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) evened the match at two defeating Chris Sands, 6-3, 6-2. The next two matches were split, leaving Hippensteel at No. 2 to clinch the victory. UCLA's Marcin Matkowski forced a third set, but Hippensteel held on to win 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Stanford concludes this two-game road trip at #20 USC (11-5) on Saturday at noon (PT). The Trojans dropped a 4-2 home decision to #27 California (10-5) on Friday afternoon. The Cardinal's next home match is Tuesday, April 10 against the California Golden Bears at 5:00 p.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

#6 Stanford 4, #1 UCLA 3SinglesNo. 1 - #3 Alex Kim (S) d. Jean-Noel Grinda(UCLA), 6-4, 6-4No. 2 - #19 K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. Martin Matkowski (UCLA), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2No. 3 - Erfan Djahangiri  (UCLA) d. #78 Ryan Haviland (S), 6-1, 6-2No. 4 - Lassi Ketola (UCLA) d. Scotty Scott, 6-4, 6-2No. 5 - Travis Rettenmaier (UCLA) d. #23 David Martin (S), 6-1, 6-1No. 6 - Ali Ansari (S) d. Chris Sands (UCLA), 6-3, 6-2

Doubles No. 1 - K.J. Hippensteel/Alex Kim d. Travis Rettenmaier/Marcin Matkowski (UCLA), 8-6No. 2 - #5 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) d. Jean-Noel Grinda/Chris Sands, 8-3No. 3 - Erfan Djahangiri/Lassi Ketola (UCLA) d. #15 Ali Ansari/Scotty Scott (S), 8-4

Records - #6 Stanford 14-1, #1 UCLA 16-1.Singles and doubles rankings are according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

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