Stanford Travels To Pac-10 Individual Championships
April 24, 2002
STANFORD TRAVELS TO THE PAC-10 INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The eighth-ranked Stanford men's tennis team begins the post-season this weekend (Thursday-Sunday) as it travels to the Pacific-10 Conference Individual Championships in Ojai, California ... The Pac-10 Championships will be held in conjunction with the 102nd Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament ... Pacific-10 Conference schools have been a part of the Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament for over nine decades ... Play begins on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. at Libbey Park with the opening two rounds of singles competition ... Play continues on Friday with one round of singles and two rounds of doubles, and will conclude with the singles and doubles semifinals on Saturday and finals on Sunday ... The competition will be divided into 'Pac-10 Championship ('A' Flight)' and 'Pac-10 Invitational ('B' Flight)' brackets which will each include 32 singles entrants and 16 doubles teams ... Each school is allowed to enter four singles players and two doubles teams into each tournament ... In singles, Stanford will enter juniors Ryan Haviland (Aiken, SC), Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY) and David Martin (Tulsa, OK) and freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA) into the Pac-10 Championship and senior Chris Meyer (Berkeley, CA), sophomore Joe Kao (Fullerton, CA) and freshman Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA) into the Pac-10 Invitational ... In doubles, Stanford will enter the teams of Lipsky and Martin and Sheng and Warburg into the Pac-10 Championship and the team of Kao and Meyer into the Pac-10 Invitational.
PAC-10 HISTORY: Since the Pac-10 adopted its current individual championship format in 1987, Stanford leads the conference in both singles and doubles championships ... The Cardinal has won eight Pac-10 singles titles, while UCLA has captured four and USC three ... Stanford has also claimed seven doubles championships, compared to four apiece for both UCLA and USC ... The Cardinal's last Pac-10 Singles Champion was Geoff Abrams in 2000 ... The other Stanford players to have won the Pac-10 Singles Championship are Patrick McEnroe (1987), Alex O'Brien (1991, 1992), Scott Humphries (1995), Bob Bryan (1997), Paul Goldstein (1998) and Ryan Wolters (1999) ... Stanford has won four of the last six doubles titles, highlighted by last year's championship run from current Cardinal stand-out K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA) and Alex Kim ... Hippensteel, however, will not compete in this year's Pac-10 Championships because of a back injury ... Stanford's other Pac-10 doubles winners are O'Brien/Jason Yee (1990), Jared Palmer/Jonathan Stark (1991), Chris Cocotos/Alex O'Brien (1992), Goldstein/Jim Thomas (1996), Goldstein/Ryan Wolters (1997) and Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (1998).
THE RANKINGS: Stanford dropped four spots to No. 8 in the April 24th edition of the Omni Hotels Collegiate Team Rankings ... Georgia is No. 1 in the country, while UCLA, Illinois, Tennessee 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 24), Stanford has four players in the top 75 in singles and two teams in the top 35 in doubles ... Senior K.J. Hippensteel is the second-ranked singles player in the nation (up one spot from the previous rankings), while junior David Martin is No. 29 (up eight spots), junior Ryan Haviland is No. 52 (up 24 spots) and junior Scott Lipsky is No. 59 (down 14 spots) ... In doubles, Lipsky and Martin, who were ranked No. 1 from March 6-April 17, are No. 2 in the nation for the second consecutive rankings period, while Haviland and Hippensteel are No. 31 (down 12 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 731-135 (.844), 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, including three in the last five years ... The Cardinal has also won 13 Pac-10 Championships under Gould's guidance, including six of the last eight ... The Cardinal finished tied for second in the Pac-10 this season with a 5-2 mark ... 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.
POST-SEASON PREVIEW: The 64-team field for the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships will be announced on Thursday, May 2 ... The team tournament begins with first and second round matches on campus sites (Stanford is a likely host) on May 11-12 (Saturday-Sunday) ... The final four rounds of the NCAA Team Championships will be held on May 18-21 (Saturday-Tuesday) at Texas A&M University ... The NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships will then be held on May 22-27 (Wednesday-Monday) at Texas A&M ... Stanford has won 17 NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championships, which is tops in the nation ... Stanford has won five of the last seven NCAA Championships, including four straight from 1995-98 ... The Cardinal, which advanced to the quarter-finals last season, has finished in the top 10 nationally in each of the last 14 years.
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.