Five Men's Tennis Players Named To Pac-10 All-Academic Teams

June 20, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Stanford University men's tennis program placed five athletes on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Teams, commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

To be eligible for selection to the team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and be either a starter of significant contributor. Stanford had eight upperclassmen on its 2001 roster, and five of them earned conference academic recognition.

Junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) led the way by being named to the six-member First Team. Hippensteel, who is a Human Biology major with a 3.50 GPA, was already named a 2001 Verizon Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America First Team selection. The Cardinal junior earned the third All-American honor of his career this season, and was ranked 13th nationally at the end of the campaign in both singles and doubles.

The Cardinal also occupied two of the six slots on the second team - sophomores David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) and Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's HS). Martin, who was a 2001 NCAA Doubles Semifinalist (w/Scott Lipsky), carries a 3.60 grade point average and has yet to declare a major. Morris, who was nationally ranked in both singles and doubles, has a 3.41 GPA and is also undeclared.

Earning Honorable Mention honors were seniors Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) and Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS). The pair was part of a senior class that won two NCAA Team Championships, four Pacific-10 Conference titles and posted a perfect 54-0 career home dual match record. Kim also won the 2000 NCAA Singles Championship, and was the #1 ranked singles player in the country for most of the 2001 campaign.

2001 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Tennis All-Academic Teams

First Team

Name (School) Yr. GPA Major

Adrian Barnes (California) Sr. 3.82 Rhetoric

Erik Dmytruk (California) Sr. 3.70 Business Administration

K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) Jr. 3.50 Human Biology

Scott Kintz (California) Sr. 3.74 Business Administration

Jari Niskala (Arizona) Sr. 3.83 Computer Science

Andrew Park (USC) Sr. 3.70 Biology

Second Team

Name (School) Yr. GPA Major

Jeremy Berman (Washington) Sr. 3.52 Psychology

David Martin (Stanford) So. 3.60 Undeclared

Carter Morris (Stanford) So. 3.41 Undeclared

Andreas Posavac (Washington) Sr. 3.40 Business

Chris Sands (UCLA) Sr. 3.24 Sociology

Ari Strassberg (Washington) So. 3.43 Pre-Business

Honorable Mention: Ali Ansari (Stanford), Steven Capriati (Arizona), Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA), John Paul Fruttero (California), Matt Hanlin (Washington), Alex Kim (Stanford), Marius Lunde (Washington), Hiro Nakamura (California), Pim Van Mele (Arizona State), Andrey Vinogradsky (California).

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