K.J. Hippensteel Is #1 In ITA Men's Tennis Singles Rankings

Dec. 12, 2001

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Stanford University senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I Singles Rankings.

The Cardinal has four players ranked among the top 50 in the nation in singles, as well as two doubles teams in the top 10. This is the second national singles and doubles rankings this 2001-02 season. The preseason national team rankings debut Jan. 8, 2002.

Hippensteel, a senior from Roanoke, Va., returns to No. 1 (from No. 5) for the first time since February, 2000, after becoming only the second player two win two ITA Men's All-American singles titles back in October. Hippensteel, who was an 1999 NCAA Doubles Champion and a 2000 NCAA Singles Semifinalist, defeated six ranked opponent en route to the All-American victory. The All-American was Hippensteel's only event of the fall season.

Cardinal junior Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) jumped 18 spots to #31 in the singles rankings by capturing the Omni Hotels Northern California Regional Championships at Santa Clara in November. Other Stanford players in the rankings include junior Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) at #43, junior David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) at #49 and freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) at #90.

In doubles, 20001 NCAA Semifinalists Lipsky and Martin are ranked third after advancing to the doubles final at the All-American. Haviland and Hippensteel, who were semifinalists at the All-American, are #7 and Haviland and freshman Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks HS) are #47 after reaching the final at the regional championships.

The polls were determined by the ITA National Rankings Committees. Beginning in February the rankings will be determined by the ITA's computer ranking formula. The complete top 110 singles and top 60 doubles can be found at www.itatennis.com.

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