Men's Tennis Falls In NCAA Quarterfinals

May 21, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. - The second-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team dropped a 4-2 decision to sixth-ranked Tennessee in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championships on Monday afternoon at the University of Georgia.

The Cardinal (24-2), which was the top-seed in the 64-team tournament, was playing without 2000 NCAA Singles Champion Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS). The senior, who is ranked #1 in the nation in singles and #15 in doubles (w/K.J. Hippensteel), missed the match because of dehydration suffered in Saturday's 4-1 third round win over Pepperdine.

'What a great match by Tennessee,' Stanford head coach Dick Gould said. '(Tennessee head coach) Mike Fancutt did a great job in getting his guys ready for singles. I thought the top three matches, their guys stayed in points very well. It was a tremendous competitive effort.

'(Alex Kim) got dehydrated. He was in the hospital until this morning. It took a long time to break out of it. He's hydrated now, and I think he'll be fine (to play in the NCAA Singles Tournament). It's not for me to say, that's a doctor's decision. For his sake I hope so.'

The loss ends the hopes of back-to-back national titles for the 2000 NCAA Champion Cardinal, who entered the contest with an 18 dual match winning streak dating back to February 23. Stanford, who is now 80-8 in NCAA dual matches since the format was adopted in 1977, have advanced to at least the national quarterfinals in 13 of the last 14 seasons.

'First, Stanford did not have probably the best player in college tennis (Kim) playing for them,' Tennessee head coach Mike Fancutt said. 'However, I am so proud of our guys for a fantastic effort.'

The absence of Kim, who plays No. 1 singles and doubles, forced major changes in the Cardinal lineup. But the Cardinal gave the Volunteers (22-5) all they could handle by capturing the doubles point and stretching two of the singles matches to three sets.

Stanford clinched the doubles point with wins at both No. 1 and No. 3. The Cardinal first won at No. 3 as sophomore Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) and junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy), who were playing together for the first time all season, defeated Simon Rea and Mario Toledo 8-2. Stanford then locked up the point as 14th-ranked Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep), who were playing at No. 1 for the first time all season, defeated 44th-ranked Andy Crews and Peter Handoyo 8-6.

The Cardinal then jumped on top 2-0 when Lipsky handled Rea at 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6. But the Volunteers rallied to take the lead with straight set victories at Nos. 3, 4, and 2 singles.

Tennessee then clinched the win, and a spot in Tuesday's semifinals against fourth-ranked TCU (24-3), when 58th-ranked Toledo outlasted 53rd-ranked Martin 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 2 singles.

'I think anytime you take a player like Alex Kim out it's tough to accommodate, but this is a team,' Hippensteel said. 'We really wanted to win for Alex. It hurts losing, but give credit to Tennessee, they came out aggressive and played great tennis.'

The Cardinal men will conclude their season with the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships on Thursday-Monday in Athens. Hippensteel, Kim and Martin will compete in singles, while the teams of Hippensteel/Kim and Lipsky/Martin are entered in doubles.

#6 Tennessee 4, #2 Stanford 2

Singles

#1 - #31 Mark Parsons (T) d. #18 K.J. Hippensteel, 6-2, 7-6 (8)

#2 - #58 Mario Toledo (T) d. #53 David Martin, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4* (clinched match)

#3 - #25 Peter Handoyo (T) d. #77 Ryan Haviland, 6-2, 6-1

#4 - #54 Adam Carey (T) d. Scotty Scott, 6-2, 6-3

#5 - Ali Ansari (S) v. #95 Paul Podbury (T), suspended (3-6, 6-4, 3-2 Tennessee)

#6 - #97 Scott Lipsky (S) d. Simon Rea, 6-1, 6-2

Doubles (Stanford wins point)

#1 - #14 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) d. #44 Andy Crews/Peter Handoyo, 8-6* (clinched doubles point)

#2 - #20 Adam Carey/Mark Parsons (T) d. #41 Ali Ansari/Scotty Scott, 8-2

#3 - Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. Simon Rea/Mario Toledo, 8-2

Records - #2 Stanford 24-2, #6 Tennessee 22-5.

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