Men's Tennis Lights Up California, 5-2
April 10, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - The sixth-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team knocked off arch-rival California 5-2 on Tuesday night at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium in the first-ever regular season night tennis match on The Farm. The Cardinal will try it again on Tuesday, April 17 as it hosts #8 Pepperdine at 4:00 p.m. as Cahin Company Realtors once again presents 'Twilight Tuesday'.
The Cardinal, which has won 10 in a row, is 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-10, while the 27th-ranked Golden Bears dropped to 10-7 and 2-3. Stanford can now clinch its fifth consecutive Pac-10 title with home wins over #30 Arizona State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and #48 Arizona on Saturday at noon as Deutsche Banc Alex.Brown Presents 'Pac-10 Weekend'.
Stanford used the same formula for success that it has throughout the long winning streak: strong doubles play and impressive performances at the top of the singles line-up. The Cardinal, which has four doubles teams ranked among the top 41 in the country, lost a combined total of only eight games in the three matches. At No. 1, 21st-ranked K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, CA/International Academy) and Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) won their fourth straight, and seventh in their last eight, by overpowering John Paul Fruttero and Robert Kowalczyk 8-2.
Hippensteel and Kim also continued their torrid performances in singles play. The second-ranked (and defending NCAA Singles Champion) Kim won his 18th match in 20 tries this season by defeating the 28th-ranked Fruttero 6-3, 6-1. The 22nd-ranked Hippensteel, meanwhile, extended his personal winning streak to 14 matches by outlasting Kowalczyk 6-3, 7-6. Hippensteel has not lost since February 2, and is 12-1 against Pac-10 opposition this season.
#6 Stanford 5, #27 California 2
#1 - #2 Alex Kim (S) d. #28 John Paul Fruttero, 6-3, 6-1
#2 - #22 K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. Robert Kowalczyk, 6-3, 7-6
#3 - Scott Kintz (C) d. #33 David Martin, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
#4 - Ben Miles (C) d. #77 Ryan Haviland, 6-4, 6-4
#5 - Scotty Scott (S) d. Erik Dmytruk, 6-3, 6-2
#6 - Ali Ansari (S) d. Hiro Nakamura, 6-3, 0-6, 6-2
#1 - #23 K.J. Hippensteel/Alex Kim (S) d. John Paul Fruttero/Robert Kowalczyk, 8-2
#2 - #22 Ali Ansari/Scotty Scott (S) d. Erik Dmytruk/Scott Kintz, 8-5
#3 - #3 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) d. Ben Miles/Hiro Nakamura, 8-1
Records - #27 California 10-7 overall (2-3 Pac-10), #6 Stanford 16-1 (5-0).
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