Ryan Haviland And Scott Lipsky To Meet In Finals Of Regional Singles Championship

Oct. 28, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Stanford juniors Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) and Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) will face off in the finals of the Omni Hotels Northern California Regional Singles Championships on Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. at Santa Clara University.

Haviland and Lipsky both posted quarterfinal and semifinal wins on Sunday to set up Monday's showdown. Haviland, meanwhile, also advanced to the doubles semifinals with freshman Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks HS).

Sunday's strong performance assures Stanford of its fifth consecutive Regional Singles Championship. Last season at California, Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) won his second regional singles title.

Haviland, who is ranked 48th in the nation and is seeded fourth at this event, outlasted 17th-seeded Peter Malacek of Portland 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. He then cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 semifinal win over eighth-seeded Alex Vlaski of Washington.

Lipsky, who is ranked 57th and seeded fifth, defeated unseeded Alex Krohn of Fresno State 6-1, 6-4 in the quarters. The Stanford junior then upset third-seeded and 36th-ranked Balazs Veress of California 6-0, 6-7 (2), 6-4 in the semifinals.

In doubles, Haviland and Sheng knocked off unseeded Daniel Scafidi and J.J. Whitlinger (son of Stanford Associate Men's Tennis Head Coach John Whitlinger) 8-4 in quarterfinal action. In Monday's 11 a.m. semifinals, they will face unseeded Chris Lam and Rick Ruso of Santa Clara.

The singles and doubles champions from this event, which is administered by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), will earn spots in the November 8-11 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Omni Hotels Northern California Regional Championships

At Santa Clara University

Quarterfinals - Main Draw Singles

Ryan Haviland (#4 seed - Stanford) d. Peter Malacek (#17 seed - Portland), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3

Scott Lipsky (#5 seed - Stanford) d. Alex Krohn (Fresno State), 6-1, 6-4

Semifinals - Main Draw Singles

Ryan Haviland (#4 seed - Stanford) d. Alex Vlaski (#8 seed - Washington), 6-1, 6-4

Scott Lipsky (#5 seed - Stanford) d. Blazs Veress (#3 seed - California), 6-0, 6-7 (2), 6-4

Monday's Final Pairing - Main Draw Singles

Ryan Haviland (#4 seed - Stanford) vs. Scott Lipsky (#5 seed - Stanford), 9:00 a.m.

Quarterfinals - Main Draw Doubles

Ryan Haviland/Phil Sheng (#4 seeds - Stanford) d. Daniel Scafidi/J.J. Whitlinger (Saint Mary's), 8-4

Monday's Semifinal Pairings - Main Draw Doubles

Ryan Haviland/Phil Sheng (#4 seeds - Stanford) vs. Chris Lam/Rick Ruso (Santa Clara), 11:00 a.m.

(Doubles final to immediately follow semifinals.)

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