Stanford Begins NCAA Title Quest On Saturday
May 9, 2002
LET THE TITLE CHASE BEGIN ...: Stanford University opens its quest for a record 18th NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championship this weekend with first and second round matches on The Farm ... The sixth-ranked Cardinal (19-5 overall, 5-2 Pacific-10 Conference) begins the post-season on Saturday at noon at the Taube Tennis Center against unranked Sacramento State (12-10 overall, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) ... This will be the second career post-season meeting between the schools, as Stanford recorded a 4-0 home win over the Hornets in the first round of the 1999 NCAA Team Championships ... Saturday's other first round contest at the Taube Tennis Center matches 32nd-ranked Tulane (18-7 overall, 2-1 Conference USA) and 35th-ranked Washington (17-6 overall, 3-4 Pacific-10 Conference) at 9:00 a.m. ... The winners of Saturday's match will face off on Sunday at noon in the second round ... Sunday's winner will advance to the round of 16 and the NCAA Team Championships at Texas A&M University on Saturday, May 18.
STANFORD VS. THE FIELD: Stanford owns a 26-0 all-time record against the other three teams competing on The Farm this weekend ... The Cardinal is 24-0 against Washington, 2-0 vs. Sacramento State and has never played Tulane ... Stanford is 1-0 against the Huskies this season after recording a 6-1 Pacific-10 Conference win on March 30 at the Taube Tennis Center ... Stanford and Washington have never met in the NCAA Team Championships ... The Cardinal and Hornets have met just twice, with Stanford recording victories in 1967 and 1999 ... In the last meeting, the Cardinal blanked the Hornets 4-0 on May 15, 1999 in the first round of the NCAA Team Championships at the Taube Tennis Center.
NCAA NOTES: Stanford University has won more NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championships than any other school ... The Cardinal has won 17, while UCLA and USC are tied for second at 15 ... No other school has won more than four ... All of Stanford's championships have come since 1973, including four in the 1970's, six in both the 1980's and 1990's and one thus far in the 2000's ... The Cardinal has won five of the last seven national championships, nine of the last 14, and 15 of the last 25 ... Since the NCAA went to its current dual match format in 1977, Stanford is an amazing 80-8 (.909) ... The Cardinal has won 27 of its last 29 NCAA dual matches, including 19 shutout wins ... In its last two championship runs (1998 and 2000), Stanford turned in the most dominant performances in the history of the team championships ... The 1998 squad out-scored its NCAA opposition (Minnesota, UCLA, Mississippi State and Georgia) 16-0, while the 2000 club out-scored its post-season opponents (Northwestern, Auburn, Minnesota, Texas Christian, Florida, Virginia Commonwealth) 24-1.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford enters the 2002 NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championship as the sixth ranked team in the nation ... The Cardinal's highest ranking this season was No. 1 from Feb. 13-20 ... Georgia is currently the top ranked team in the nation, while UCLA, Illinois, Tennessee and Pepperdine round out the top five ... In the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Individual Rankings (May 1), Stanford has four players in the top 55 in singles and two teams in the top 35 in doubles ... Senior K.J. Hippensteel is the second-ranked singles player in the nation for the second consecutive rankings period, while junior David Martin is No. 28 (up one spot), junior Ryan Haviland is No. 49 (up three spots) and junior Scott Lipsky is No. 51 (up eight spots) ... In doubles, Lipsky and Martin, who were ranked No. 1 from March 6-April 17, are No. 2 in the nation for the third consecutive rankings period, while Haviland and Hippensteel are No. 31 for the second straight rankings period.
THE COACH: Stanford head coach Dick Gould has now led the Cardinal to 15 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Men's Tennis Team Championship ... Since the NCAA adopted its current dual match format in 1977, Stanford has now appeared in the post-season 24 out of a possible 26 times ... More impressively, Stanford has won 15 titles in the last 25 years under Gould, including five of the last seven ... Overall, Gould has guided Stanford to 17 NCAA Team Championships (first in the nation), 10 NCAA Singles Championships and six NCAA Doubles Championships ... Gould owns a career dual record of 731-135 (.844) in 35-plus seasons, and is the all-time Division I win leader in collegiate men's tennis history ... Gould, who was named ITA/Wilson Intercollegiate Coach of the Decade for both the 1980's and 1990's, has also 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 six of the last eight ... Gould is assisted by fellow Stanford alum John Whitlinger (1974 NCAA Singles and Doubles Champion), who has helped guide the Cardinal to nine NCAA Team Championships in his 15-plus seasons.
NCAA INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Stanford has also qualified four players for the NCAA Singles Championships and two teams for the NCAA Doubles Championships ... Senior K.J. Hippensteel, who advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships in 2000 and the quarterfinals last year, leads the Cardinal's group of singles entrants ... Junior David Martin qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships for the second consecutive year, while both juniors Ryan Haviland and Scott Lipsky will be making their first career appearance in the 64-player draw ... On the doubles side, Lipsky and Martin will be making their second consecutive appearance together ... The pair earned All-American honors last season by reaching the semifinals ... Haviland and Hippensteel also received an entry into the 32-team field ... Hippensteel won the 1999 NCAA Doubles Championship with Ryan Wolters, while Haviland is making his first career appearance ... Stanford ranks second in NCAA history with 13 singles titles (behind only Harvard's 16), and ranks third with 13 doubles championships (USC is first with 20, Harvard is second with 17) ... Stanford has won five NCAA Singles Championships in the last 11 years alone, with the most recent title coming from Alex Kim in 2000.