K.J. Hippensteel Named First Team Academic All-American
June 19, 2001
STAMFORD, Conn. - Stanford University junior men's tennis player K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) has been selected to the 2001 Verizon Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America First Team.
To be eligible for consideration for the team a student-athlete must carry a GPA of 3.2 or higher, must be in at least his second year of participation at the school and must be an important squad contributor. The process began at the district level, as eight separate regions selected 10-member First Team All-District squads. From the total of 80 First Team All-District winners, a 15-member First Team All-American group was selected. The spring at-large category includes athletes from golf, lacrosse, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
Hippensteel, who owns a 3.50 cumulative grade point average in Human Biology, is one of just three underclassmen to be named to the team. He is also one of five tennis players selected, to go along with six from track & field, three from golf and one from lacrosse.
The Cardinal junior became a three-time NCAA All-American this season after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships in May. Hippensteel finished the season with a 35-9 singles record - 19-5 in duals - and was ranked 13th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's final rankings. He also won the ITA Indoor Qualifying Singles Championships, as well as being a finalist at the Pac-10 Singles Championships.
In doubles competition, he finished 21-6 with partner Alex Kim, capturing the Pacific-10 Conference Championship and advancing to the round of 16 at the NCAA Doubles Championships. Hippensteel and Kim were ranked 13th in the ITA end-of-the-year doubles rankings.
As a sophomore, Hippensteel was ranked as high as #1 in the nation in singles, won the ITA All-American Singles Championships and was a semifinalist at the NCAA Singles Championships. As a freshman, Hippensteel won the NCAA Doubles Championship with Ryan Wolters.
Here is the complete 2001 Verizon Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America First Team:
Name School Year Sport GPA Major
Mike Adams Notre Dame Senior Lacrosse 3.43 Accounting
Marco Baron Mississippi State Senior Tennis 3.89 International Business
Charles Clinger Weber State Senior Track & Field 3.55 Business Admin./Finance
Eric Dudley Washington State Junior Track & Field 3.95 Mechanical Engineering
Jake Galbreath Vermont Graduate Track & Field 3.92 Electrical Engineering
Joe Hall Wyoming Senior Track & Field 3.94 Architectur Engineering
John Hedengren Brigham Young Senior Track & Field 3.96 Chemical Engineering
K.J. Hippensteel Stanford Junior Tennis 3.50 Human Biology
John Marshall Elon Senior Golf 3.94 Computer Sci./Mathematics
Yew Ming Si Illinois State Senior Tennis 4.00 Applied Computer Science
Bryce Molder Georgia Tech Senior Golf 3.41 Management
Brad Morris Eastern Kentucky Junior Golf 4.00 Pre-Med/Chemistry
Erik Scharf St. John's Senior Tennis 3.94 Theology
Tim Surface Tulsa Senior Track & Field 4.00 Biology
Dan Swan Purdue Senior Tennis 4.00 Management