Stanford Edges Past USC Men, 4-2
April 7, 2001
LOS ANGELES -- The 20th-ranked USC men's tennis team fell to sixth-ranked Stanford 4-2 this afternoon at Marks Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Trojans fall to 11-6 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal improve to 15-1 and 4-0 in conference play.
Due to rain the match was delayed nearly two-and-a-half hours, forcing the teams to eliminate doubles play and count only six singles matches.
Singles play began with quick USC losses at courts five and three to give Stanford a 2-0 edge. Meanwhile, 18th-ranked Andrew Park and the Cardinal's third-ranked Alex Kim were fighting through a close match at center court. Kim edged Park in the first set 7-5, but Park returned to take a 5-0 lead in the second set before suffering a sprained ankle which forced him to retire the match and give Stanford it's third point.
Before the Cardinal could seal the victory, the Trojans' Nick Rainey added USC's first point with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 win at No. 4 over David Martin. Damien Spizzo followed with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win at the third court over Stanford's Ryan Haviland. USC trailed 3-2 as Ryan Moore earned the early advantage over Cardinal K.J. Hippensteel with a 6-1 win in the first set. Moore jumped to a 3-0 lead in the second, but Hippensteel returned to take the set 6-4, then won the third set 7-5.
USC will next host Oregon and Washington on April 13 and 14.
Stanford 4, USC 2
Did Not Play
(1) Alex Kim (Stan) def. Andrew Park (USC) - 7-5, 0-5, retired
(2) K.J. Hippensteel (Stan) def. Ryan Moore (USC) - 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
(3) Damien Spizzo (USC) def. Ryan Haviland (Stan) - 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
(4) Nick Rainey (USC) def. David Martin (Stan) - 6-1, 4-6, 7-6
(5) Ali Ansari (Stan) def. Parker Collins (USC) - 6-4, 6-1
(6) Scott Lipsky (Stan) def. Garrett Wong (USC) - 6-2, 6-0