K.J. Hippensteel Earns First Team Academic All-America Honors

June 12, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - For the second consecutive year, Stanford men's tennis standout K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA) has been named a First Team Academic All-American on Verizon's Men's At-Large Team.

The Verizon At-Large First Team is made up of 17 athletes from seven different sports --- golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, skiing, swimming, tennis and volleyball. To be eligible for the team, an athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or top reserve on his team.

Hippensteel, who is a Human Biology major with a 3.57 GPA, went 21-4 in singles and 21-5 in doubles this season before missing the final month-and-a-half of the campaign with an injury. He earned All-America honors for the fourth consecutive year, and finished the season ranked second in the nation in singles and 30th in doubles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The highlight of Hippensteel's campaign was capturing the ITA All-American Singles Championship in October. With the victory, Hippensteel became just the second player to ever win the first leg of the ITA's 'Grand Slam' twice (he also won as a sophomore in 1999). Hippensteel finishes his Stanford career with an impressive singles record of 105-27.

Hippensteel was also named to the 10-man Verizon All-District VIII Men's At-Large Team. Stanford was the only school to have two First Team selection, as water polo's Nick Ellis joined Hippensteel on the squad.

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