Men's Tennis To Visit USC, UCLA
April 2, 2002
STANFORD VISITS #2 UCLA, #18 USC: The fifth-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team faces its toughest road tests to date when it takes on 18th-ranked USC and second-ranked UCLA in Los Angeles ... The Cardinal (15-1) visits the Trojans (14-4) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and the Bruins (16-1) on Saturday at noon (a live scoreboard for that contest will be available at uclabruins.com) ... This weekend's matches will not count in the Pac-10 standings (Stanford, UCLA and USC are currently 2-0 in conference) ... Stanford will conclude the regular season at home against the L.A. schools in matches on April 19-20 that will likely have large ramifications on the Pac-10 title ... This weekend's matches renew two of the biggest rivalries in collegiate men's tennis ... The three schools have combined to win 47 of the 58 NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championships (Stanford 17, UCLA 15, USC 15) ... The Cardinal and Trojans have met 154 times, including a 4-2 Cardinal win on Feb. 9 in the semifinals of the National Team Indoor Championships ... Stanford owns a 50-42 (.543) record against the Trojans since Dick Gould became head coach in 1967 ... Against the Bruins, the Cardinal is 51-44 (.537) under Gould ... Stanford enters the weekend on an eight-match winning streak that dates back to Feb. 25 ... The Cardinal has outscored the opposition 52-4 during that span, including four shutout wins ... The Cardinal opened Pac-10 play last week with convincing home victories over No. 62 Oregon (7-0) and No. 34 Washington (6-1) ... The two matches this week begin a season-long five-match road trip for the Cardinal, which also takes it to California, Arizona State and Arizona.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford moved up one spot to No. 5 in the March 27 edition of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Team Rankings ... Georgia is No. 1 in the country, while UCLA, Illinois, Notre Dame and Stanford round out the top five ... Stanford's highest ranking this season was No. 1 (Feb. 13-20) ... In the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Individual Rankings (March 20), Stanford has four players in the singles top 75 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. 37, junior Ryan Haviland (Aiken, SC/Sumter HS) is No. 57 and junior Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) is No. 73 ... In doubles, Lipsky and Martin have been ranked No. 1 in the nation since March 6 and Haviland and Hippensteel are No. 12.
THE COACH: Stanford head coach Dick Gould added yet another impressive feat to his resume last season ... Gould, who has a career record of 727-131 (.847), 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.
SCHEDULE NOTES: Stanford ended the month of March with a perfect 6-0 record ... The Cardinal has eight regular season matches, and six of those are against top 20 opposition ... Stanford has two matches remaining against both No. 2 UCLA and No. 18 USC, and will also take on No. 11 Pepperdine and No. 20 California ... Dick Gould's squad is 12-1 against ranked opponents this season, including a 3-1 record against top 20 teams ... Following this five-match road swing through Los Angeles, Arizona and Berkeley, the Cardinal returns home to close out the 2002 regular season as Cashin Company Presents 'The Stanford Challenge' ... The Cardinal hosts Pepperdine on Tuesday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m., UCLA on Friday, April 19 at 1:30 p.m. and USC on Saturday, April 20 at noon.
JUNIOR JUGGERNAUT: Stanford's junior trio of Ryan Haviland, Scott Lipsky and David Martin are all in the middle of singles hot streaks ... Martin, who is currently playing at No. 2, is 21-4 overall and 15-1 in duals this season ... Martin has won eight straight and 15 of his last 16 ... Lipsky, who is currently playing No. 3, has won 10 straight matches and is 24-7 overall and 13-2 in duals ... Haviland, who is currently playing at No. 4, is riding a seven-match winning streak and has won 11 of his last 12.
K.J.'S KORNER: Senior K.J. Hippensteel is once again having a dominant season ... The 1999 NCAA Doubles Champion (w/Ryan Wolters), who was a NCAA Singles Semifinalist as a sophomore and Quarterfinalist as a junior, is 18-2 singles and 19-2 in doubles (w/Ryan Haviland) this season ... He is currently ranked fourth in the nation in singles and 12th in doubles with Haviland ... The 18-2 singles mark (12-2 in duals) improves his career records to 102-25 (.803) overall and 57-13 (.814) in dual competition ... More impressively, 12 of Hippensteel's 18 singles wins this season have come over ranked opponents, including 10 straight from Oct. 11-Feb. 10.
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 Cardinal advanced to the final with wins over San Diego State (4-0), Duke (4-1) and 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.