Pac-10 Tennis Championships
OJAI, Calif. - Stanford University junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) advanced to the singles and doubles finals of the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Tennis Championships on Saturday in Ojai, and on Sunday will attempt to become the first player since 1994 (Wayne Black of USC) to sweep the two Pac-10 crowns. The Cardinal men will be represented in all four championship matches on Sunday.
In the singles semifinals, the 21st-ranked Hippensteel outlasted 12th-ranked Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 6-4 in his second three-set win in as many days. Hippensteel broke Rojer's serve early in the third set, and held on from there to pick his 30th win in 36 tries this season. Hippensteel will now face 77th-ranked Ryan Moore of USC, who defeated 61st-ranked Jean-Noel Grinda of UCLA 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals, in Sunday's 11:00 a.m. championship match. Hippensteel, who will be bidding to become the fifth straight Cardinal to win the conference singles crown, and Moore have split their previous two meetings this season.
At 2:00 p.m., 19th-ranked Hippensteel and Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) will play for the Pac-10 doubles title against Olivier Charroin and Pim Van Mele of Arizona State. Hippensteel and Kim avenged two earlier losses to UCLA's 12th-ranked duo of Grinda and Rojer with an 8-5 victory. The Cardinal pair has now won 13 of their last 15 matches after starting the season 4-3. Charroin and Van Mele advanced to the finals with an 8-4 win over Dillon Ruby and Ari Strasberg of Washington.
The Pac-10 men's singles invitational final will be an all-Stanford affair as senior Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) will face off against sophomore Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS). Ansari advanced to his second consecutive Pac-10 invitational final with a 6-1, 6-3 win over sophomore teammate Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's HS). Lipsky advanced to his first career tournament final with an easy 6-0, 6-2 victory over Dillon Ruby of Washington.
In the men's doubles invitational, 10th-ranked Lipsky and sophomore David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) survived an all-Stanford semifinal to advance to Sunday's 12:30 p.m. championship match against Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola of UCLA. Lipsky and Martin outlasted 50th-ranked Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) and Morris 9-8 to improve to 31-5 on the season.
In women's competition, the small Stanford contigent completed play in Ojai on Saturday. Senior Sarah Pestieau (New York, NY/Lycee Francais de New York) fell to Ilona Kordonskaya of Washington 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in consolation singles action. The top-ranked and undefeated Cardinal women return to action on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 when it is expected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Team Championships at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
UPDATED RESULTS, SUN. APR. 29 - 2:00 P.M.
Moore, Ryan, USC d. Hippensteel, K.J., Stanford, 6-3, 6-2
Charroin, Olivier/Van Mele, Pim - Arizona State vs. Hippensteel,K.J./Kim, Alex - Stanford 2 p.m.
Engel, Adria, Arizona State d. Kops-Jones, Raquel, California, 7-5, 6-2
Fritz-Krockow, Mariko/Walker, Sara - UCLA vs. Fisher, Lauren/Marinova,Peyta - UCLA, 12:30 p.m.
MEN'S SINGLES INVITATIONAL
Lipsky, Scott, Stanford d. Ansari, Ali, Stanford, 6-3, 6-2
MEN'S DOUBLES INVITATIONAL
Lipsky, Scott/Martin, David - Stanford vs. Clemens, Tobias/Ketola, Lassi
- UCLA, 12:30 p.m.
WOMEN'S SINGLES INVITATIONAL
Esmero, Michelle, USC d. Hamilton, Krissy, USC, 6-2, 6-2
WOMEN'S DOUBLES INVITATIONAL
Fasano, Christina/Lynch, Catherine - California vs. Boisclair, Erin/Hoe, Erin - Washington, 12:30 p.m.
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