Men's Tennis Advances Two Doubles Teams To Semifinals At ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 12, 2001
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Stanford University advanced a pair of doubles teams to the semifinals at the prestigious ITA All-American Championships on Friday at the Lincoln Tennis Center. The Cardinal also had senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy), who won this event in 1999, advance to the singles quarterfinals.
Stanford was dominant in doubles play on Friday, with top-seeded Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) and unseeded Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) and Hippensteel both posting a pair of convincing wins.
Lipsky and Martin, who are seeded first in the tournament and ranked second in the country, opened the day with an impressive 8-3 second round win over 28th-ranked Scott Mayer and Dan Swan of Purdue. The 2001 NCAA Semifinalists then handled 23rd-ranked Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola of UCLA 8-3 in the quarters. Lipsky and Martin, who are the only seed left in the doubles draw, face unranked Andrew Colombo and Tiago Ruffoni of Auburn in Saturday's semifinals.
The 20th-ranked Haviland and Hippensteel, who are playing in their first-ever tournament together, received a break in the second round when they won by injury default over 19th-ranked Michael Kogan and Victor Romero of Tulane. The Cardinal pair then routed 25th-ranked Michael Kosta and Nathan Zeder of Illinois 8-2 in the quarterfinals to set up a Saturday semifinal match with Pac-10 rivals and 18th-ranked Jean-Julien Rojer and Marcin Matkowski of UCLA.
Hippensteel also was impressive on the singles side, as he is trying to duplicate his dominating performance in the 1999 All-American where he did not lose a set en route to the title. Hippensteel, who is seeded third in the tournament and ranked fifth in the nation, posted his third straight set win in two days by defeating 12th-seeded and 18th-ranked Daniel Klementz of Middle Tennessee 6-3, 6-4. Hippensteel, who has lost just 16 games in his three victories, is the highest seed remaining in the tournament. He will now take on eighth-seeded and 13th-ranked Oliver Maiberger of San Diego State in Saturday's quarterfinals.
The Cardinal bowed out of consolation singles play on Friday, as both Lipsky and freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) were defeated in three sets in the second round.
The ITA All-American continues on Saturday with quarterfinal and semifinal play in singles and semifinal action in doubles.
ITA All-American Championships
At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)
Main Draw Singles
#3 seed K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. #12 seed Daniel Klementz (Middle Tennessee), 6-3, 6-4
Javgeni Cariov (DePaul) d. Sam Warburg (Stanford), 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (1)
Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA) d. Scott Lipsky (Stanford), 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-1
Main Draw Doubles
#1 seed Scott Lipsky/David Martin (Stanford) d. Scott Mayer/Dan Swan (Purdue), 8-3
Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. Michael Kogan/Victor Romero (Tulane), walkover (injury)
#1 seed Scott Lipsky/David Martin (Stanford) d. Tobias Clemens/Lassi Ketola (UCLA), 8-3
Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. Mike Kosta/Nathan Zeder (Illinois), 8-2