Trojans, Bruins Visit Stanford
April 19, 2001
STANFORD SENIORS TO PLAY FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME MATCHES THIS WEEKEND: Cardinal seniors Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS), Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS) and Scotty Scott (Belvedere, CA/Pinewood School) will play the final home regular season matches of their career this weekend at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium as Bank of the West presents 'The Stanford Challenge' ... Stanford hosts #18 USC (13-6 overall, 3-4) on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and #1 UCLA (18-1, 6-1) on Saturday at noon in non-conference action ... Saturday's match will be aired live in the Palo Alto area on the Stanford Channel, and can be seen via live webcast at http://tsc.stanford.edu ... Earlier this month in Los Angeles, the Cardinal defeated the Bruins 4-3 (April 6) and the Trojans 4-2 (April 7) en route to a perfect 7-0 conference mark and its fifth straight Pac-10 title ... Ansari, Kim and Scott have not lost a home dual match in their four-year career on The Farm (50-0) ... Overall, Stanford has won 68 straight at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium dating all the way back to April 6, 1996 .
SENIOR SALUTE: The accomplishments of Stanford's senior class of 2001 are staggering ... Ali Ansari, Alex Kim and Scotty Scott have led Stanford to two of a possible three NCAA Championships (1998 & 2000), four out of a possible four Pacific-10 Conference titles (1998-2001), and have not lost a home dual during their illustrious careers ... Kim is the defending NCAA Singles Champion and currently the top-ranked player in the nation ... He enters the weekend with a 21-2 singles record this spring (16-2 in duals) and an amazing career mark of 128-22 (75-11 in duals) ... In fact, Kim's career dual winning percentage of .872 ranks 10th in school history ... Ansari and Scott have been tough to beat both as a team and individually ... As a doubles team, Ansari and Scott are 22-7 this season (9-2 in duals) and captured the Sherwood Collegiate Cup title in January ... Individually, Ansari has won a career-best 25 matches this season (25-5) ... He won the consolation singles title at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup and was a semifinalist at the ITA Regional in November ... Scott was a catalyst in Stanford's national team title run last season, and provided the clinching singles win in the championship match vs. Virginia Commonwealth ... He was named to the 2000 NCAA All-Tournament team, and has continued to excel this year with an 18-6 mark (9-3 in duals).
GOULD BECOMES ALL-TIME WIN LEADER IN DIVISION I MEN'S TENNIS: Stanford head coach Dick Gould became the all-time Division I win leader in collegiate men's tennis history with Tuesday night's 5-2 home win over Pepperdine ... Gould is an amazing 707-129 (.846) in 34-plus seasons to surpass Dan Magill of Georgia ... Magill retired with a career mark of 706-183 ... Gould now trails only Jim Schwitters (Hawai'i), Jim Verdieck (Redlands) and Norm Copeland (Rollins) on the all-time victory list ... Schwitters, who is still active, entered the year with an all-time men's mark of 789-386-8 with many of those wins coming at the non-Division I level ... Gould, who was named ITA/Wilson Intercollegiate Coach of the Decade for both the 1980's and '90's, has led Stanford to 17 NCAA Team Championships, as well as coaching 10 national singles champions and six doubles champions.
THE RANKINGS: Though it has won 13 matches in a row, Stanford dropped one spot to #5 in the latest WingspanBank.com Collegiate Team Rankings (April 18) ... Stanford was #1 in the country from the preseason through Feb. 20, #2 from Feb. 21-March 13, #7 from March 14-27, #6 from March 28-April 11 and #4 from April 12-17 ... Before dropping to #2, the Cardinal had held the nation's top spot since April 12, 2000 ... In the latest ITA Individual Rankings (April 18), Stanford owns four of the top 100 spots in singles and three of the top 50 slots in doubles ... In fact, seven of the 10 players on Stanford's roster are nationally-ranked in singles and/or doubles ... In singles, defending NCAA Champion Alex Kim has jumped back to #1 for the first time since the ITA Preseason Rankings on Sept. 11 ... Junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) is next at #25, followed by sophomore David Martin (Boca Raton, FL/Key Biscayne Prep) at #41 and sophomore Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) at #97 ... On the doubles side, sophomores Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and Martin are at No. 6, marking their fifth straight ranking period in the top 10 ... Hippensteel and Kim are #24, while seniors Ali Ansari and Scotty Scott are seven slots back at #31.
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 Regional/Indoor Qualifier on Oct. 28-Nov. 1 in Berkeley, 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 ... 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 ... 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.
DUALLY NOTED: Stanford is 19-1 overall and won its fifth straight Pacific-10 Conference with a perfect 7-0 record ... The fifth-ranked Cardinal is only one win shy of its 14th consecutive 20-win season ... Stanford, which is 9-0 on its home court this year, has won 13 straight matches dating back to February 23 ... During the streak, Stanford has outscored its opposition 76-13 ... Already this season, the Cardinal owns wins over #1 UCLA, #3 Duke, #15 Pepperdine, #16 Washington, #18 USC and #21 California ... The Cardinal also finished second in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle on Feb. 15-18 ... The Cardinal advanced to the finals with shutout wins over Princeton, Florida and Duke before falling to UCLA 4-2 in the finals.
KIM'S KORNER: Senior Alex Kim is off to another impressive start this season as he bids to become the first Cardinal to ever win back-to-back NCAA Singles Championships ... The 2000 NCAA titlist is 14-2 this year, including a 9-2 record in dual competition ... He has won four straight matches - all in straight sets - and is ranked third in the nation ... Kim, who took the fall off to play professionally, also won the only tournament he entered this season ... He captured the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship (the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam) in Farmers Branch, Texas on Feb. 1-4 ... On his way to the title, Kim defeated four of the top 15 ranked players in the country, including a 6-7, (5), 6-3, 6-4 win over Oskar Johansson of Arkansas, who is currently the top-ranked player in the country, in the final ... The title was the fourth of Kim's illustrious Stanford career, and second ITA Grand Slam crown ... 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 121-22 (.846 winning percentage), including a 68-11 (.861) 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 and was a semifinalist at last year's NCAA Singles Championship, is 20-3 in singles this season ... He has won 10 straight singles matches dating back to Feb. 10 - nine of them in straight sets and four over nationally-ranked opponents ... Hippensteel is 11-1 in duals this season, 7-1 against nationally-ranked opponents and 9-1 against Pac-10 competition ... 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 collegiate singles record currently stands at 77-18 (.811 winning percentage), including a 38-7 (.844) dual mark.