Men's Tennis Beats Washington, 6-1

March 30, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford extended its winning streak to eight with an impressive 6-1 win over visiting Washington on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center. The fifth-ranked Cardinal improved to 15-1 overall and 2-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the 34th-ranked Huskies fell to 14-4 and 0-2.

Stanford, which has won the eight straight matches by a combined score of 52-4, won five of the six singles matches in addition to winning all three doubles match-ups.

The Cardinal won three of the five singles matches in straight sets, including fourth-ranked K.J. Hippensteel's (Roanoke, VA) 6-3, 6-3 win over 39th-ranked Alex Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) at No. 1. Hippensteel improved to 18-2 on the season, and has won six of his last seven.

Stanford also received straight set victories from 57th-ranked junior Ryan Haviland (Aiken, SC) at No. 4 and freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA) at No. 5. Warburg is now 20-7 on the season, and has won eight straight dating back to Feb. 25.

Washington picked up its lone point at No. 6 singles, as Dillon Ruby (Westlake Village, CA) outlasted Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The Cardinal returns to action on Friday at 1:30 p.m. when it visits No. 18 USC in a match that will not count in the Pac-10 standings. Washington returns home to host No. 63 Arizona on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

#5 Stanford 6, #34 Washington 1

Doubles (Stanford wins point)

No. 1 - #1 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) d. Ari Strasberg/Alex Vlaski, 8-5

No. 2 - #12 Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. Matt Hanlin/Dillon Ruby, 8-3

No. 3 - Phil Sheng/Sam Warburg (S) d. Christoph Palmanshofer/Peter Scharler, 8-4

Singles

No. 1 - #4 K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. #39 Alex Vlaski, 6-3, 6-3

No. 2 - #37 David Martin (S) d. #84 Matt Hanlin, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3

No. 3 - #73 Scott Lipsky (S) d. Ari Strasberg, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5

No. 4 - #57 Ryan Haviland (S) d. Christoph Palmanshofer, 6-2, 7-6

No. 5 - Sam Warburg (S) d. Peter Scharler, 6-2, 6-4

No. 6 - Dillon Ruby (W) d. Phil Sheng, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Records - Washington 14-4 overall (0-2 Pacific-10 Conference), Stanford 15-1 (2-0).

Player and team rankings are according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

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