Sam Warburg Qualifies For Main Draw At ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 10, 2001
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Stanford University freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) advanced to the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships with a three-set qualifying win on Wednesday afternoon.
Warburg, who is ranked tied for 100th in the nation, reached the 64-player main draw by winning his second qualifying draw match in as many days. The freshman improved to 2-0 on the season by knocking off 90th-ranked Frantisek Krepelka of Oklahoma State 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday. He opened qualifying play with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over 100th-ranked Mattias Mathaes of Rice on Tuesday.
The ITA All-American main draw begins on Thursday with the first two rounds of singles and opening round of doubles. Cardinal senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy), who won this event in 1999 in Austin, Texas, is the third seed in the singles draw. In addition to the fifth-ranked Hippensteel and Warburg, Stanford also has juniors Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS), Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) entered in the 64-player singles field. Martin is ranked 34th in the nation in singles, while Haviland is 48th and Lipsky 57th.
In the 32-team doubles draw, Lipsky and Martin own the top seed. The Cardinal duo is ranked second in the nation after reaching the NCAA Semifinals last season.
The ITA All-American Championships, which began with pre-qualifying play on Monday, started with 256 singles entries and is the first of the three national collegiate tennis championships (National Collegiate Indoors & NCAA Championships). Stanford has enjoyed a great deal of success at the ITA All-American since its inception in 1979. The Cardinal has captured five singles titles - more than any other school - and two doubles crowns.
ITA All-American Championships
At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)
Second Round (winner advances to main draw)
Sam Warburg (Stanford) d. Frantisek Krepelka (Oklahoma State), 5-7, 6-3, 6-3