Men's Tennis To Host No. 2 UCLA, No. 13 USC This Weekend
April 17, 2002
STANFORD CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON VS. UCLA, USC: The fourth-ranked Stanford men's tennis team concludes the 2001-02 regular season this weekend with crucial Pac-10 home matches against second-ranked UCLA and 13th-ranked USC ... The Cardinal (19-3 overall) hosts the Bruins (18-3) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and the Trojans (18-4) on Saturday at noon as Cashin Company Realtors Presents 'The Stanford Challenge' ... Stanford and UCLA are currently tied for the Pacific-10 Conference lead at 5-0, while USC is a game back at 4-1 and California is two games behind at 3-2 ... Stanford has won five straight Pac-10 titles, including co-championships with the Bruins in both 1997 and 1999 ... This weekend's matches also 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) ... Stanford and UCLA have also combined to win the last 12 National Team Indoor Championships ... All three schools are among the favorites to win the 2002 NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championship, which will begin on Saturday, May 11.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford moved up two spots to No. 4 in the April 17 edition of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Team Rankings ... Georgia is No. 1 in the country, while UCLA, Illinois, Stanford and Mississippi round out the top five ... The Cardinal peaked in the rankings at No. 1 from Feb. 13-20 ... In the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Individual Rankings (April 17), Stanford has four players in the top 80 in singles and two teams in the top 20 in doubles ... Senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) is the third-ranked singles player in the nation (up one spot from the previous rankings), while junior David Martin (Tulsa, OK/Boca Raton Prep) is No. 37 (up nine spots), junior Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) is No. 59 (up 17 spots) and junior Ryan Haviland (Aiken, SC/Sumter HS) is No. 76 (down 19 spots) ... In doubles, Lipsky and Martin, who had been ranked No. 1 since March 6, are now No. 2 in the nation (down one spot), while Haviland and Hippensteel are No. 19 (down five spots).
THE COACH: Stanford head coach Dick Gould added yet another impressive feat to his resume last season ... Gould, who has a career record of 731-133 (.846), became the all-time Division I win leader in collegiate men's tennis history on April 17, 2001 ... 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, and three in the last five years ... The Cardinal has also 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.
STANFORD VS. UCLA: The Bruins are 18-3 overall and 5-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference following road victories over Washington (5-2) and Oregon (7-0) last weekend ... In the first meeting between Stanford and UCLA this season, the Cardinal posted a 5-2 victory on April 6 in Los Angeles ... Stanford won four of the six singles matches in addition to capturing the doubles point ... Stanford leads the series 52-44 since 1967, and won two of the three meetings last season ... The Bruins prevailed 4-2 in the National Team Indoor Final on Feb. 18 in Seattle, while the Cardinal won 4-3 on both April 6 in Los Angeles and April 21 on The Farm.
STANFORD VS. USC: This is the third meeting of the season between the Cardinal and the Trojans ... Saturday's match also marks the 156th all-time meeting between these two storied programs ... Earlier this year, Stanford prevailed 4-2 on Feb. 9 in the National Team Indoor Semifinals in Louisville, while the Trojans were 6-1 winners on April 5 in Los Angeles ... Stanford leads the series 50-43 since 1967, and swept the 2001 season series 2-0 ... The Cardinal defeated USC 4-2 on April 7 in Los Angeles and 6-1 on April 22 on The Farm ... The Trojans are 18-4 overall this season and 4-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference ... USC, which won at Oregon (4-3) and Washington (5-2) last weekend, has won six straight and eight of its last nine.
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.
POST-SEASON PREVIEW: Stanford begins the 'second season' next weekend when it travels to Ojai, California for the Pacific-10 Conference Individual Championships on April 25-28 (Thursday-Sunday) ... The Cardinal will enter four singles players and two doubles teams in both the 'main' and 'individual' draws ... The 64-team field for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships will then be announced on Thursday, May 2 ... The tournaments begins with first and second round matches on campus sites (Stanford is a likely host) on May 11-12 (Saturday-Sunday) ... The final four round of the NCAA Team Championships will be held at Texas A&M University on May 18-21 (Saturday-Tuesday) ... The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will then be held on May 22-27 (Wednesday-Monday) at Texas A&M.