K.J. Hippensteel Wins First Round Match At NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships

May 24, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. - Stanford junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) posted a straight set victory in the first round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships on Thursday at the University of Georgia.

In other first round action, Cardinal senior Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) - the defending NCAA Singles Champion - was upset in straight sets. Stanford sophomore David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) was also knocked out of the 64-player tournament in the opening round.

The 18th-ranked Hippensteel, who won the 1999 NCAA Doubles Championship and was a 2000 NCAA Singles Semifinalist, reached the second round with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 win over 29th-ranked Tiago Ruffoni of Auburn. Hippensteel, who is a No. 9-16 seed in the tournament, meets 43rd-ranked Trace Fielding of TCU in Friday's second round. Fielding advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Eddie Coates of Vanderbilt.

The top-ranked Kim, who was the second seed in the tournament, saw his collegiate singles career come to an end at the hands of 24th-ranked Oliver Maiberger of San Diego State 7-5, 6-2. Maiberger won the final five games of the second set to clinch the upset. The two had split their earlier meetings, with Kim winning 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Singles Championships and Maiberger prevailing 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on February 10 of this year in dual competition at Stanford.

The match was Kim's first since being hospitalized because of dehydration following the Cardinal's 4-1 win over Pepperdine in the NCAA Team Championships on Saturday. He concludes the season with a 26-5 singles record. Kim's career singles mark of 133-25 (.842), including a Stanford single season record 48 wins last year, will go down as one of the best in Stanford history.

'It was definitely weird being out there because I have been through a lot the past few days,' Kim said. 'I was not to the level I needed to be today. I knew it was going to be a tough match. I'm excited about playing in the doubles tournament with K.J., and to try to get back to where I need to be.'

In his first NCAA Singles Championship appearance, Martin fell to third-seeded and fifth-ranked Matias Boeker of host Georgia 6-1, 6-4. Martin, who is ranked 53rd in the nation, concludes the year with a 25-14 singles record.

The NCAA Doubles Championships begin on Friday with a pair of Stanford teams among the 32 entrants. Fifteenth-ranked Hippensteel and Kim will take on 18th-ranked Jason Marshall and Dan Swan of Purdue, while 14th-ranked Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and Martin will face 19th-ranked Javier Taborga and Aaron Talarico of Notre Dame.

NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships

At Athens, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)

First Round

(2) Marco Baron (Mississippi State) d. (37) Ryan Moore (USC), 6-2, 6-3

(25) Peter Handoyo (Tennessee) d. (NR) Kyle Kliegerman (Princeton), 6-3, 6-3

(18) K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. (29) Tiago Ruffoni (Auburn), 6-3, 6-4

(43) Trace Fielding (TCU) d. (45) Eddie Coates (Vanderbilt), 6-4, 6-2

(7) Guilaume Legat (South Carolina) d. (84) Matt Prentice (Oklahoma State), 6-1, 6-2

(41) Daniel Klemetz (Middle Tennessee St.) d. (17) John Paul Fruttero (California), 7-5, 6-2

(20) Ramsey Smith (Duke) d. (NR) Takeshi Itoh (New Mexico), 6-4, 6-1

(36) Phil Metz (Ohio State) d. (47) Chad Carlson (Georgia), 6-2, 3-1, retired

(5) Matias Boeker (Georgia) d. (53) David Martin (Stanford), 6-1, 6-4

(NR) Jamie Gresh (Penn State) d. (71) Jonas Pibor (Indiana State), 6-4, 6-4

(13) Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA) d. (48) Daniel Kiernan (LSU), 6-1, 6-4

(37) Marko Cerenko (Duke) d. (42) Julien Raynal (South Alabama), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

(6) Genius Chidzikwe (SMU) d. (39) Stefan Suter (Pepperdine), 6-2, 6-4

(NR) Steve Berke (Yale) d. (66) Dane McGregor (Tulsa), 6-3, 6-1

(11) Alexander Hartman (Mississippi) d. (NR) Gert Vilms (BYU), 6-3, 7-6 (5)

(NR) Jeugenji Cario (DePaul) d. (23) Edo Bawano (Kentucky), 6-4, 6-2

(49) Andres Pedroso (Duke) d. (46) Michael Lang (Miami), 6-3, 6-1

(28) Lesley Joseph (Georgia) d. (16) Andrew Park (USC), 6-2, 1-6, 6-1

(34) Michael Kogan (Tulane) d. (93) Quentin Blakeney (Kansas), 2-6, 7-5, 6-3

(51) Jean-Noel Grinda (UCLA) d. (4) Oskar Johansson (Arkansas), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

(19) Shuon Madden (Texas A&M) d. (33) James Shortall (Mississippi), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

(12) Ajay Ramaswami (LSU) d. (44) Harsh Mankad (Minnesota), 6-3, 6-3

(21) Al Garland (Pepperdine) d. (15) Maxim Belski (Alabama), 6-1, 6-2

(31) Mark Parsons (Tennessee) d. (3) Peter Luczak (Fresno State), 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

(NR) Erik Scharf (St. John's) d. (22) Romain Ambert (Mississippi State), 6-3, 6-4

(55) Matt Hanlin (Washington) d. (57) Rameez Junaid (Auburn), 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4

(Junaid replaced #10 Esteban Carril of TCU - injury withdrawal)

(14) Brian Vahaly (Virginia) d. (38) Nathan Overholser (Florida), 6-2, 6-1

(35) Jean Simon (Texas) d. (56) Andrej Bizjak (Washington), 7-6 (3), 6-1

(Bizjak replaced #8 Bo Hodge of Georgia - injury withdrawal)

(40) Jason Marshall (Purdue) d. (32) Kristofer Stahlberg (Mississippi), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

(90) Phil King (Duke) d. (30) Jon Wallmark (SMU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

(54) Adam Carey (Tennessee) d. (26) Graydon Oliver (Illinois), 6-4, 6-4

(24) Oliver Maiberger (San Diego State) d. (1) Alex Kim (Stanford), 7-5, 6-2

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