Stanford Begins Title Defense
May 10, 2001
The Stanford University men's tennis program begins its quest for an unprecedented 18th NCAA Team Championship, and second in a row, when it hosts first and second round action this Saturday and Sunday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium ... Joining the second-ranked Cardinal (21-1) this weekend is 31st-ranked Florida (9-16), 39th-ranked Oklahoma State (15-8) and unranked Pacific (14-10) ... On Saturday at 9:00 a.m., the Gators will take on the Cowboys, followed by the Tigers and Cardinal at noon ... The winners of those two matches will face off on Sunday at noon for a berth in the NCAA Team Championships on May 19-22 in Athens, Georgia ... Stanford will also be putting its 70-match home win streak, which dates back to April 6, 1996, on the line this weekend ... The Cardinal will be hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the third straight season, and has won all four previous post-season home matches by a 4-0 score (1999: Sacramento State & Georgia Tech, 2000: Northwestern & Auburn).
2001 Stanford Men's Tennis
Record: 21-1 (7-0 Pac-10)
ITA Team Ranking: #2
Stanford and Florida are no strangers to one another ... The teams have played in each of the last two seasons, with Stanford prevailing 4-0 on both occasions ... The Cardinal and Gators first met in the NCAA Team Semifinals on May 22 of last season in Georgia, and again in the quarterfinals of this year's National Team Indoors on February 17 in Seattle ... The Cardinal leads the all-time series 2-1 ... The only previous meeting between Oklahoma State and Stanford also came in the NCAA Tournament ... In that match, Stanford prevailed 5-1 in the round of 16 on May 19, 1990 in Indian Wells, California ... Despite being less than two hours apart, the Cardinal and Tigers have also met just once ... Stanford won that match 7-2 on March 2, 1993 on The Farm.
NCAA NOTES :
Stanford University has won more NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championships than any other school ... The Cardinal has won 17 compared to 15 for both UCLA and USC ... No other school has won more than three ... All of Stanford's championships have come since 1973, including four in the 70's, six in both the 80's and 90's and one already in the 2000's ... The Cardinal has won five of the last six national championships, nine of the last 13 and 15 of the last 24 ... Since the NCAA went to its current dual format in 1977, Stanford has won 77 of its 84 matches for a .917 winning percentage ... The Cardinal has won 24 of its last 25 NCAA duals, including 17 shutouts ... In its last two championship runs, Stanford has turned in some of the most dominant performances in the history of the sport ... The 1998 team did not lose a singlepoint in four NCAA Tournament matches, while last year's squad lost just one point in six victories.
GOULD BECOMES ALL-TIME WIN LEADER IN DIVISION I MEN'S TENNIS:
Stanford head coach Dick Gould became the all-time Division I win leader in collegiate men's tennis history on Tuesday, April 17 with a 5-2 home win over Pepperdine ... Gould is an amazing 709-129 (.846) in 34-plus seasons to surpass Dan Magill of Georgia ... Magill retired with a career mark of 706-183 (.794) ... Gould now trails only Jim Schwitters (Hawai'i), Jim Verdieck (Redlands) and Norm Copeland (Rollins) on the all-time victory list ... Schwitters, who is still active, entered the year with an all-time men's mark of 789-386-8 with many of those wins coming at the non-Division I level ... Gould, who was named ITA/Wilson Intercollegiate Coach of the Decade for both the 1980's and '90's, has led Stanford to 17 NCAA Team Championships, as well as coaching 10 national singles champions and six doubles champions.
Despite being idle last week, Stanford dropped one spot to #2 in the latest WingspanBank.com Collegiate Team Rankings (May 9) ... Stanford was #1 in the country from the preseason through Feb. 20, #2 from Feb. 21-March 13, #7 from March 14-27, #6 from March 28-April 11, #4 from April 12-17, #1 from April 18-May 1 and #2 from May 2-present ... In the latest ITA Individual Rankings (May 2), Stanford owns five of the top 100 spots in singles and three of the top 50 slots in doubles ... In fact, seven of the 10 players on Stanford's roster are nationally-ranked in singles and/or doubles ... In singles, defending NCAA Champion Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) has held the #1 spot since April 18, and is followed by junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) at #18, sophomore David Martin (Boca Raton, FL/Key Biscayne Prep) at #53, sophomore Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) at #77 and sophomore Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) at #97 ... In doubles, Pac-10 Invitational Champions Lipsky and Martin are #14, Pac-10 Main Draw Champions Hippensteel and Kim are #15 and seniors Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) and Scotty Scott (Belvedere, CA/Pinewood School) are #41.
Stanford is 21-1 overall (its 14th consecutive 20-win season) and won its fifth straight Pacific-10 Conference title with a perfect 7-0 record ... The Cardinal is 11-1 at home, 7-0 on the road and 3-1 at neutral sites ... The Cardinal enters the NCAA Tournament with a 15-match winning streak dating back to February 23 ... During the streak, Stanford has outscored its opposition 86-17 ... Also included in the streak are seven wins over top 25 opposition (two over #3 UCLA, two over #16 California, one over #20 Pepperdine and two over #24 USC) ... The Cardinal also finished second in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle on Feb. 15-18 ... The Cardinal advanced to the finals with shutout wins over Princeton, Florida and Duke before falling to UCLA 4-2 in the finals.