K.J. Hippensteel Named First Team Academic All-American

June 19, 2001

STAMFORD, Conn. - Stanford University junior men's tennis player K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) has been selected to the 2001 Verizon Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America First Team.

To be eligible for consideration for the team a student-athlete must carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher, must be in at least his second year of participation at the school and must be an important squad contributor. The process began at the district level, as eight separate regions selected 10-member First Team All-District squads. From the total of 80 First Team All-District winners, a 15-member First Team All-American group was selected. The spring at-large category includes athletes from golf, lacrosse, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Hippensteel, who owns a 3.50 cumulative grade point average in Human Biology, is one of just three underclassmen to be named to the team. He is also one of five tennis players selected, to go along with six from track & field, three from golf and one from lacrosse.

The Cardinal junior became a three-time NCAA All-American this season after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships in May. Hippensteel finished the season with a 35-9 singles record - 19-5 in duals - and was ranked 13th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's final rankings. He also won the ITA Indoor Qualifying Singles Championships, as well as being a finalist at the Pac-10 Singles Championships.

In doubles competition, he finished 21-6 with partner Alex Kim, capturing the Pacific-10 Conference Championship and advancing to the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships. Hippensteel and Kim were ranked 13th in the ITA end-of-the-year doubles rankings.

As a sophomore, Hippensteel was ranked as high as #1 in the nation in singles, won the ITA All-American Singles Championships and was a semifinalist at the NCAA Singles Championships. As a freshman, Hippensteel won the NCAA Doubles Championship with Ryan Wolters.

Here is the complete 2001 Verizon Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America First Team:

First Team

Name School Year Sport GPA Major

Mike Adams Notre Dame Senior Lacrosse 3.43 Accounting

Marco Baron Mississippi State Senior Tennis 3.89 International Business

Charles Clinger Weber State Senior Track & Field 3.55 Business Admin./Finance

Eric Dudley Washington State Junior Track & Field 3.95 Mechanical Engineering

Jake Galbreath Vermont Graduate Track & Field 3.92 Electrical Engineering

Joe Hall Wyoming Senior Track & Field 3.94 Architectur Engineering

John Hedengren Brigham Young Senior Track & Field 3.96 Chemical Engineering

K.J. Hippensteel Stanford Junior Tennis 3.50 Human Biology

John Marshall Elon Senior Golf 3.94 Computer Sci./Mathematics

Yew Ming Si Illinois State Senior Tennis 4.00 Applied Computer Science

Bryce Molder Georgia Tech Senior Golf 3.41 Management

Brad Morris Eastern Kentucky Junior Golf 4.00 Pre-Med/Chemistry

Erik Scharf St. John's Senior Tennis 3.94 Theology

Tim Surface Tulsa Senior Track & Field 4.00 Biology

Dan Swan Purdue Senior Tennis 4.00 Management

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