Men's Tennis Blanks Pacific In First Round Of NCAA Championships

May 12, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team (22-1) began its quest for a second straight NCAA Team Championship with a 4-0 win over the University of the Pacific (14-11) on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal will next take on 37th-ranked Oklahoma State (14-8) in the second round on Sunday at noon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Oklahoma State advanced with a 4-1 victory over Florida (9-17) on Saturday morning.

Stanford had little trouble in doubles, losing just three points in the two matches. The Cardinal clinched the point when the 14th-ranked team of Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) defeated Dietrich Haug (Freudenstadt, Germany (Gymnasium Freudenstadt) and Gernot Kerschbaumer (Klagenfurt, Austria/University of Toledo) 8-2 at No. 2.

The Cardinal then took a quick 3-0 lead with convincing wins at Nos. 5 and 6 singles. The 97th-ranked Lipsky blanked Kerschbaumer 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6, while senior Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) beat Maxime Lecroix (Auch, FranceUniversity of Toulouese) 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5.

Pacific stretched Stanford from there - sending two matches into three sets - before Martin clinched the win with a 7-6 (6), 6-3 win over Claes Lindholm (Karlskrona, Sweden/Chpmanskolan, Sweden) at No. 2.

'Today's match was a great tune up for tomorrow, because the styles of play of Oklahoma State and Pacific are similar,' Stanford head coach Dick Gould said. 'We did a good job in doubles, and looked very crisp. To a man, we did some things well in doubles that we had been struggling with. It was also great to get a couple of quick points on the board in singles. I have to give both Ali and Scott credit, because they've been playing very well lately.'

#2 Stanford 4, Pacific 0


#1 - Dietrich Haug (P) v. #18 K.J. Hippensteel (S), suspended (6-4, 3-6, 5-2 Stanford)

#2 - #53 David Martin (S) d. Claes Lindholm, 7-6 (6), 6-3* (clinched victory)

#3 - Tobias Abrahamsson (P) v. #77 Ryan Haviland (S), suspended (6-4, 3-3 Stanford)

#4 - Alexander Fielder (P) v. Scotty Scott, suspended (6-3, 4-6, 5-2 Stanford)

#5 - Ali Ansari (S) d. Maxime Lacroix, 6-0, 6-1

#6 - #97 Scott Lipsky (S) d. Gernot Kerschbaumer, 6-0, 6-0

Doubles (Stanford wins point)

#1 - Tobias Abrahamsson/Alexander Fiedler (P) v. #15 K.J. Hippensteel/Alex Kim, suspended (7-5 Stanford)

#2 - #14 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) d. Dietrich Haug/Gernot Kerschbaumer, 8-2* (clinched doubles point)

#3 - #41 Ali Ansari/Scotty Scott (S) d. Maxime Lecroix/Claes Lindholm, 8-1

Records - Pacific 14-11, #2 Stanford 22-1.

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