K.J. Hippensteel Wins ITA All-American Singles Championship
Oct. 14, 2001
ATLANTA, Ga. - Stanford University senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) captured his second career ITA All-American Singles Championship on Sunday afternoon at Georgia Tech University.
The third-seeded and fifth-ranked Hippensteel won the title by outlasting unseeded and 91st-ranked Kosta Zinchanka of South Alabama 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-3. The Stanford senior lost just two sets in his six All-American victories, and owns a 13-1 record in three appearances at the event.
Hippensteel also won this tournament as a sophomore in 1999 in Austin, Texas and became just the second player to win two ITA All-American Singles titles since the tournament's inception in 1979. Georgia's Al Parker, who won All-American titles in 1989 and 1990, is the only other player to accomplish the feat.
Hippensteel is also the sixth Stanford player to win the ITA All-American singles title, while no other school has won more than three. The other Stanford players to have won ITA All-American singles titles are Scott Davis (1980), Alex O'Brien (1991), Ryan Wolters (1995) and Bob Bryan (1997).
Stanford later fell just short of its first singles and doubles sweep at this event since 1999, when top-seeded and second-ranked Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) fell in the doubles championship. The Cardinal duo was knocked off by unseeded and 18th-ranked Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA 8-5.
Sun day's matches were originally scheduled to be played outdoors at the Lincoln Tennis Center in Stone Mountain Georgia, but because of a lengthy rain delay, were moved indoors to the Bill Moore Tennis Center at Georgia Tech University in Atlanta.
The ITA All-American Champ ionship is the first of three national collegiate tennis championships in the 2001-02 season. The All-American, the Nov. 8-11 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, and the year-end NCAA Championships are college tennis' three national championship events during the season for Division I men.
Stanford returns to action on October 26-29 when it takes part in the Omni Hotels Regional Championship at Santa Clara University. The tournament will include players from Stanford, Fresno State, California, San Francisco, Saint Mary's, Santa Clara, Pacific, Sacramento State, Nevada (Reno), Oregon, Portland, Gonzaga and Washington.
The winners of the singles and doubles draws will receive an automatic bid to the Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which features 32 singles entrants and 16 doubles teams. Hippensteel received an automatic bid into the National Indoors with Sunday's victory.
ITA Men's All-American Championships
At Atlanta, Georgia (Bill Moore Tennis Center, Georgia Tech University)
Main Draw Singles
#3 seed K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. Kosta Zinchanka (South Alabama), 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-3
Main Draw Doubles
Marcin Matkowski/Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA) d. #1 seeds Scott Lipsky/David Martin (Stanford), 8-5