No. 2 Men's Tennis To Host Arizona, Arizona State
March 4, 2002
DOWN ON THE FARM: The second-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team begins a six-match homestand this weekend when it takes on Pacific-10 Conference rivals Arizona and Arizona State at the Taube Tennis Center ... The Cardinal (9-1 overall, 0-0 Pacific-10 Conference) will host the 47th-ranked Wildcats (7-4, 0-0) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and the 42nd-ranked Sun Devils (6-2, 0-0) on Saturday at noon ... The matches, which are the first of two meetings this season between Stanford and the Arizona schools, will not count in the Pac-10 standings ... Following this weekend, Stanford will take a two-week break for final examinations ... The Cardinal will play four home matches in eight days after finals break, including non-conference match-ups against unranked Hawaii (March 23) and 62nd-ranked BYU (March 27) ... Stanford then opens its quest for its 14th Pacific-10 Conference title, and sixth in a row, when it hosts 66th-ranked Oregon (March 29) and 15th-ranked Washington (March 30) ... Stanford is 5-1 at home this season, and has won 77 of its last 78 home matches, dating back to 1996.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford moved up one spot to No. 2 in the nation in the March 6 edition of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Team Rankings ... Georgia is No. 1 in the nation, while USC, UCLA and Illinois round out the top five ... Stanford's highest ranking this season was No. 1 from Feb. 13-20 ... In the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Individual Rankings (March 6), Stanford has four players in the singles top 60 and two in the doubles top 15 ... Senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) is the fourth-ranked singles player in the nation, while junior David Martin (Tulsa, OK/Boca Raton Prep) is No. 26, junior Ryan Haviland (Aiken, SC/Sumter HS) is No. 45 and junior Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) is No. 58 ... In doubles, Lipsky and Martin are ranked No. 1 for the first time this season ... Stanford's other ranked doubles team is Haviland and Hippensteel at No. 14.
THE COACH: Stanford head coach Dick Gould added yet another impressive feat to his resume last season ... Gould, who has a career record of 721-131 (.846), 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, who was named ITA/Wilson Intercollegiate Coach of the Decade for both the 1980's and 1990's, has led Stanford to 17 NCAA Team Championships, as well as coaching 10 national singles champions and six doubles champions ... He has guided the Cardinal to a record 12 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, including three in the last five years ... The Cardinal has won 13 Pac-10 Championships under Gould's guidance, including five in a row and six of the last seven ... Gould is assisted by fellow Stanford alum John Whitlinger, who has helped guide the Cardinal to nine NCAA Team Championships in his 15-plus seasons.
NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONS: Stanford University won the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships with a thrilling 4-3 victory over sixth-ranked Illinois on Feb. 10 at the Louisville Tennis Club ... Stanford's title was its 12th in the 28-year history of the event, and third in the last five years ... The Cardinal's 12 titles is the most in tournament history, while UCLA is second with seven ... The victory makes Stanford 12-4 all-time in championship matches at the National Team Indoors ... The Cardinal advanced to the final with wins over No. 52 San Diego State (4-0), No. 9 Duke (4-1) and No. 12 USC (4-2) ... The Cardinal was dominant in the top four singles slots, going a combined 13-2 over the four-day event ... Junior David Martin, who also won the tournament's sportsmanship award, went 4-0 while senior K.J. Hippensteel went 3-0 and juniors Ryan Haviland and Scott Lipsky were both 3-1.
DOUBLES DOMINANCE: Stanford juniors Scott Lipsky and David Martin currently comprise the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the nation, and are 58-12 (.829) since teaming up at the beginning of last season ... The duo earned All-American honors last year after reaching the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships ... Lipsky and Martin won doubles titles at the ITA Indoor Qualifier/Regional Championships and Pac-10 Invitational last season, and went 37-7 overall and 9-3 against nationally-ranked opposition ... This season, Lipsky and Martin are 21-4 overall and 8-1 in dual competition ... The juniors have won 16 of their last 18, and won the title at the National Collegiate Classic while also reaching the final of both the ITA All-American and Pacific Coast Doubles ... Lipsky and Martin, who earned the first No. 1 ranking of their career on March 6, are 8-2 against nationally-ranked opponents and hold wins over the No. 2 (Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA) and No 3 (Oliver Maiberger and Ryan Redondo of San Diego State) teams in the country.
K.J.'S KORNER: K.J. Hippensteel, who already boasts among the most impressive NCAA Championship credentials in Stanford history, is having an impressive 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, who is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation, owns a career singles record of 97-24 (.802), including a 52-12 (.813) mark in dual competition ... Hippensteel, who is 13-1 this season, 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 just 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 14th in the nation and have reached the semifinals of the ITA All-American and quarterfinals of Pacific Coast Doubles.