Top-Ranked Men's Tennis Defeats Utah, 6-1

Feb. 25, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Top-ranked Stanford University improved to 8-1 on the season with a 6-1 non-conference victory over visiting Utah (5-4) on Monday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center.The Cardinal bounced back from Saturday's 4-3 upset loss to 17th-ranked California (6-3) by winning eight of the nine matches against the unranked Utes.

Stanford won all three doubles matches, highlighted by second-ranked juniors Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Tulsa, OK/Boca Raton Prep) defeating Daniel Carlsson and Tyler Poulson 8-4 at No. 1. Lipsky and Martin are now 16-3 on the season, and have won 11 of their last 12.

Stanford then won five of the six singles matches in straight sets to clinch the dual and improve to 24-1 all-time against Utah.

Martin clinched the match for the Cardinal by defeating Nicholas Yip 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4singles. Stanford also received singles victories from K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy), Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS), Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks HS) and Joe Kao (Fullerton, CA/Sunny Hills HS).

Utah's lone victory came from Corrie Sheepers at No. 2 singles.The Cardinal returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts unranked Santa Clara (3-3) at 1:30 p.m. at the Taube Tennis Center. Stanford will then travel to the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships on Friday-Sunday in La Jolla, California.

Utah concludes its three-match Bay Area trip on Tuesday at California at 1:30 p.m.

#1 Stanford 6, Utah 1

Doubles (Stanford wins point)

No. 1 - #2 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) d. David Mercier/Nicholas Yip, 8-4

No. 2 - #9 Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. Daniel Carlsson/Tyler Poulson, 8-3

No. 3 - Phil Sheng/Sam Warburg (S) d. Corrie Sheepers/Tobias Tangberg, 8-6

Singles

No. 1 - #1 K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. David Mercier, 6-0, 6-3

No. 2 - Corrie Sheepers (U) d. #37 Ryan Haviland, 7-5, 6-3

No. 3 - #16 David Martin (S) d. Nicholas Yip, 6-2, 6-3

No. 4 - Sam Warburg (S) d. Daniel Carlsson, 6-3, 6-4

No. 5 - Phil Sheng (S) d. Daniel Lohff, 6-2, 6-0

No. 6 - Joe Kao (S) d. Tyler Poulson, 6-1, 6-4

Records - Utah 5-4, Stanford 8-1.

Team and player rankings are courtesy of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

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