Men's Tennis Set For Busy Week
March 26, 2001
STANFORD PREPARES FOR BUSY STRETCH: After taking a three-week break for final examinations, the Stanford University men's tennis team jumps back into the swing of things this week with three matches in a four-day span ... The Cardinal, which has been out of action since a 7-0 home win over #57 William & Mary on March 7, returns to the court on Wednesday, March 28 to host #70 BYU (9-5, 2-1 Mountain West Conference) at 11:00 a.m. at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium ... Stanford has won 62 straight home dual matches dating back to April 6, 1996 ... Stanford then heads to the state of Arizona for non-conference matches at #58 Arizona (9-5 overall, 0-4 Pac-10) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. (MT)/12:30 p.m. (PT) and #34 Arizona State (8-6 overall, 2-1 Pac-10) on Saturday at noon (MT)/11:00 a.m. (MT) ... Following this weekend's road swing, Stanford is at home for seven of its last nine dual matches.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford is ranked seventh in the latest ITA Team Rankings (March 21), which was the first rankings period to use the ITA's points per match formula ... The first seven team polls of the season were voted on by the ITA National Ranking Committee ... Stanford was #1 in the country from the preseason through Feb. 14, and was #2 from Feb. 21-March 14 ... Before dropping to #2, the Cardinal had held the nation's top spot since Apr. 12, 2000 ... In the latest ITA Individual Rankings (March 23), Stanford owns four of the top 100 spots in singles and three of the top 50 slots in doubles ... In fact, eight of the 10 players on Stanford's roster are nationally-ranked in singles and/or doubles ... In singles, defending NCAA Champion Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) is currently #3, followed by junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) at #19, sophomore David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) at #23 and sophomore Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) at #79 ... In doubles, Martin and fellow sophomore Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) are #5, while seniors Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) and Scotty Scott (Belvedere, CA/Pinewood School) are #15 and Haviland and fellow sophomore Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's HS) are #49.
DUALLY NOTED: Stanford is 9-1 overall this season, and 2-0 in the Pacific-10 Conference ... The Cardinal is 3-0 at home, 3-0 on the road and 3-1 at neutral sites ... Additionally, Stanford had held its opponents scoreless in each of its last six victories (Princeton, Florida, Duke, UC Irvine, California, William & Mary) ... Eight of Stanford's nine victories have come over ranked opponents, including a 4-0 win over now-#3 Duke (Feb. 17) and a 4-3 win at now-#9 Washington (Jan. 27) ... The Cardinal also finished second in the 16-team USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle on Feb. 15-18 ... The Cardinal advanced to the finals with successive 4-0 wins over Princeton, Florida and Duke before falling to now-#1 UCLA 4-2 in the championship match ... Following the UCLA match, Stanford has won three straight and outscored its opponents 20-0 in the process.
TOURNAMENT TALK: Stanford University has entered five tournaments during the 2000-01 school year, and walked away with at least one title in three of those events ... At the ITA Regionals/Indoor Qualifier in Berkeley on Oct. 28-Nov. 1, junior K.J. Hippensteel won his second career singles title at the event, and sophomores Scott Lipsky and David Martin won their first career double title ... Hippensteel defeated Cal's Adrian Barnes 6-4, 6-1 in the singles final and Lipsky and Martin beat the Golden Bears' Barnes and Scott Kintz 8-4 in the doubles finale ... At the Sherwood Collegiate Cup on Jan. 13-15 in Thousand Oaks, seniors Ali Ansari and Scotty Scott won their first career doubles title and Ansari captured the consolation singles title ... Ansari and Scott defeated teammates Lipsky and Martin 8-5 in the doubles final, while Ansari outlasted Chris Sands of UCLA 9-7 in the consolation singles final ... At the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship (the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam) on Feb. 1-4 in Farmers Branch, Texas, Alex Kim won his first collegiate singles title since capturing the 2000 NCAA Singles Championship ... Kim defeated four of the top 15 ranked players in the nation on his way to the title, culminating with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 win over Oskar Johansson of Arkansas (currently the #1 ranked singles player in the nation) in the finals.
KIM'S KORNER: Senior Alex Kim is picking up in 2001 where he left off in 2000 ... The Cardinal senior, and defending NCAA Singles Champion, is off to a 11-2 start (6-2 in duals) this season after taking the fall off to play professionally ... Kim, who is currently #3 in the nation in the ITA Singles Rankings, also captured the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship in Farmers Branch, Texas on Feb. 1-4 ... The singles title was the fourth of Kim's illustrious Stanford career, and second ITA Grand Slam title ... Last year, Kim put his name alongside such Stanford notables as John McEnroe (1978) and Tim Mayotte (1981) when he became the 13th player in school history to win the NCAA Singles Championship ... Kim's six NCAA Tournament victories gave him a final singles mark of 48-7, which set a new school single season record for victories ... The Potomac, Maryland native's career overall record is 118-22 (.843 winning percentage), including a 65-11 (.855) mark in duals.
HIPPENSTEEL HAPPENINGS: Junior K.J. Hippensteel continues to establish himself as one of the top singles players in the nation ... The Roanoke, Virginia native, who teamed with Ryan Wolters to win the 1999 NCAA Doubles Championship, is 17-3 in singles action this season, 8-1 in duals and 6-1 against nationally-ranked opponents ... Hippensteel has won seven singles matches - all in straight sets - dating back to Feb. 10 ... He also won the singles title at the ITA Regional/Indoor Qualifier in November by dropping only 25 games in his six victories to claim his third career singles crown ... Hippensteel's career singles record currently stands at 74-18 (.804 winning percentage), including a 35-7 (.833) record in dual action.