Men's Tennis Beats Pepperdine 4-1

May 19, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. - Second-ranked Stanford University (24-1) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Team Champions with a 4-1 win over 20th-ranked Pepperdine University (19-8) on Saturday morning at Henry Field Stadium on the campus of the University of Georgia.

The Cardinal will face sixth-ranked Tennessee (21-5) in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The Volunteers advanced with a 4-0 victory over 10th-ranked South Alabama (27-3).

Stanford opened the match by capturing the doubles point, and halfway through singles competition, play was delayed by thunder and lighting in the Athens area. After a lengthy delay, the singles matches were eventually moved indoors where Stanford won three of the four s matches to clinch the victory.

'We know how to battle,' Stanford sophomore Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS), who provided the clinching singles victory, said. 'Not everyone has a good day everyday, but we're taught to battle. I like indoors. It's nice to get out of the sun. The break was rough, sitting around. It's tighter indoors, the crowd's right on top of you. It's a lot of fun.'

The Cardinal wrapped up the doubles point at No. 1 in a match that pitted two of the top 15 teams in the country. Stanford's 15th-ranked duo of K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) and Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) defeated sixth-ranked Sebastien Graeff and Stefan Suter 8-6 for the second time this season. The Cardinal also received an 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles, as 41st-ranked Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) and Scotty Scott (Belvedre, CA/Pinewood School) beat Al Garland and Steve Racioppi.

Then the rains came. Pepperdine picked up one point during the break as Kim was forced to retire from his No. 1 singles match because of heat exhaustion. Kim led Garland 6-4, 2-3 at the time of the rain delay, and was then unable to continue.

'(Alex) cramped up,' Stanford head coach Dick Gould said. 'We stopped playing and he was sitting around and his legs got tight. It was a tough match. They move each other around the court.'

It was all Stanford when play resumed. Sophomore David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) put the Cardinal on top 2-1 with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Graeff at No. 3, while the 18th-ranked Hippensteel made it 3-1 by avenging an April loss to the 39th-ranked Suter. Hippensteel dropped the first set 6-3 before rallying to win the final two sets by identical 6-4 scores. Haviland then picked up his first career NCAA Tournament victory to clinch the dual. The 77th-ranked Haviland beat Calle Hansen 7-6, 6-4 at No. 4 to give the Cardinal a berth in the quarterfinals.

#2 Stanford 4, #20 Pepperdine 1

Singles

#1 - #21 Al Garland (P) d. #1 Alex Kim, 4-6, 3-2, retired

#2 - #18 K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. #39 Stefan Suter, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

#3 - #53 David Martin (S) d. Sebastien Graeff, 6-2, 7-6

#4 - #77 Ryan Haviland (S) d. Calle Hansen, 7-6, 6-4* (clinched match)

#5 - Scotty Scott (S) v. Steve Racioppi (P), suspended (7-5, 3-5 Pepperdine)

#6 - Ali Ansari (S) v. Gerold Wiring (P), suspended (7-5, 3-2 Stanford)

Doubles (Stanford wins point)#1 - #15 K.J. Hippensteel/Alex Kim (S) d. #6 Sebastien Graeff/Stefan Suter, 8-6* (clinched point)

#2 - #14 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) v. Calle Hansen/Ryan Redondo, suspended (7-7)

#3 - #41 Ali Ansari/Scotty Scott (S) d. Al Garland/Steve Racioppi, 8-4

Records - #2 Stanford 24-1, #20 Pepperdine 19-8.

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