Men's Tennis Set To Open 2002 Dual Season
Jan. 31, 2002
AND WE'RE OFF ...: The second-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team opens its 2002 dual season on Saturday afternoon when it hosts 52nd-ranked San Diego State University (2-0) at noon at the Taube Tennis Center ... The Cardinal enters the campaign with a 72-match home winning streak that dates all the way back to April 6, 1996 ... Stanford is coming off a 24-2 season in 2001, which included its fifth consecutive Pacific-10 Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Team Quarterfinals ... The Cardinal returns an experienced squad this season, with a senior and four juniors who are all expected to make an impact ... That senior --- K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) --- enters 2002 as the top-ranked singles player in the country after winning his second career ITA All-American Singles Championships in October ... Stanford also returns 2001 NCAA Doubles Semifinalists Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Tulsa, OK/Boca Raton Prep), who already this season, captured the title at the National Collegiate Classic and reached the finals of the ITA All-American.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford starts the 2002 season where it left off at the conclusion of the 2001 campaign --- ranked No. 2 in the nation ... The Cardinal will see the best the nation has to offer, as it will play 18 nationally-ranked opponents, including seven matches against teams in the top 15 ... In the ITA Fall Singles Rankings, senior K.J. Hippensteel is ranked No. 1 in the nation ... Also ranked among the top 100 in the nation are junior Scott Lipsky at No. 31, junior Ryan Haviland (Aiken, SC/Sumter HS) at No. 43, junior David Martin at No. 49 and freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) at No. 90 ... In doubles, Lipsky and Martin are No. 3, Haviland and Hippensteel are No. 7 and Haviland and freshman Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks HS) are No. 43.
THE COACH: Stanford head coach Dick Gould added yet another impressive feat to his resume last season ... Gould became the all-time Division I win leader in collegiate men's tennis history on April 17, 2001 with a 5-2 home win over Pepperdine ... Gould's career record through 35 seasons is an amazing 712-130 (.846), which surpasses the old record of 706-183 (.794) set by Dan Magill of Georgia ... Gould, who was named ITA/Wilson Intercollegiate Coach of the Decade for both the 1980's and '90's, has led Stanford to 17 NCAA Team Championships, as well as coaching 10 national singles champions and six doubles champions ... With one more NCAA Team Title, Gould can tie UCLA's Al Scates (men's volleyball) for NCAA crowns by a coach in a single sport helped guide the Cardinal to nine NCAA Team Championships in his 15 seasons.
ABOUT THE AZTECS: San Diego State moved up one spot to No. 52 in this week's national team rankings after capturing the ITA Region VIIIndoor Championship last weekend in Boise, Idaho ... The Aztecs defeated No. 62 New Mexico 6-1 and No. 58 BYU 4-3 to win the tournament title and earn a spot in the National Team Indoor Championships ... For his efforts in the two wins, Aztec junior Oliver Maiberger was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week ... Maiberger is currently ranked No. 11 in the country in singles and No. 2 in doubles with Ryan Redondo.
YOU AGAIN?: Stanford competes in its first major team competition of the year next weekend when it travels to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships from Thursday-Sunday in Louisville, Kentucky ... And the Cardinal's opponent in the first round of the 16-team event will be a familiar one in San Diego State - the same squad the Cardinal will face just five days earlier on The Farm ... The field features each of the top 12 teams in the country, and Stanford's eight-team bracket includes No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 8 SMU, No. 9 Duke and No. 12 USC ... Stanford has won a record 11 National Year Indoor Championships, including its most recent title in 2000 ... In last year's Team Indoors in Seattle, Stanford fell 4-2 in the final to Pac-10 rival UCLA.
K.J.'S KORNER: K.J. Hippensteel, who already boasts among the impressive NCAA Championship credentials in Stanford history, is back for his senior season ... The Roanoke, Virginia native won the NCAA Double Championship as a freshman in 1999 with Ryan Wolters, and advanced to the national singles semifinals as a sophomore and quarterfinals as a junior ... The three-time All-American owns a career singles record of 90-23 (.796), including a 45-11 (.804) mark in dual competition ... Hippensteel also made history this fall by becoming just the second player - along with Georgia's Al Parker (1989-90) - to capture two career ITA All-American Singles Championships ... Hippensteel, who lost two sets in his six All-American victories this October, also won the tournament as a sophomore in 1999 ... The senior has already had his share of doubles success this season, as he and junior Ryan Haviland are ranked seventh in the country after reaching the semifinals of the All-American.
JUNIOR JARGON: The key to Stanford's 18th NCAA Team Championship may be its talented four-player junior class ... The class is highlighted by returning NCAA Doubles All-Americans Scott Lipsky and David Martin ... The duo reached the NCAA Semifinals last season, and are coming off a doubles title at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic earlier this month ... Both players are also enjoying singles success, as Lipsky won the Omni Hotels Northern California Regional Championships/Indoor Qualifier in October and Martin reached the final of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic ... Haviland is ranked 43rd in the nation in singles after reaching the final of the Omni Regional, and is also seventh in doubles with senior K.J. Hippensteel ... The fourth junior - Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's HS) - has won three of his four singles matches this year.