K.J. Hippensteel Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Aug. 7, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Stanford University tennis player K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) has been awarded a 2002 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

The NCAA awarded the $5,000 postgraduate scholarships to 58 different spring athletes (29 men, 29 women). The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who have excelled academically and athletically and are in their last year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

To qualify for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall GPA of 3.200 on a 4.000 scale, and have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

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, who also won the NCAA Doubles Championship with Ryan Wolters in 1999, finishes his Stanford career with an impressive singles record of 105-27.

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