Five Men's Tennis Players Named To Pac-10 All-Academic Teams
June 20, 2001
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Stanford University men's tennis program placed five athletes on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Teams, commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
To be eligible for selection to the team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and be either a starter of significant contributor. Stanford had eight upperclassmen on its 2001 roster, and five of them earned conference academic recognition.
Junior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) led the way by being named to the six-member First Team. Hippensteel, who is a Human Biology major with a 3.50 GPA, was already named a 2001 Verizon Men's Spring At-Large Academic All-America First Team selection. The Cardinal junior earned the third All-American honor of his career this season, and was ranked 13th nationally at the end of the campaign in both singles and doubles.
The Cardinal also occupied two of the six slots on the second team - sophomores David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) and Carter Morris (Washington, D.C./St. Alban's HS). Martin, who was a 2001 NCAA Doubles Semifinalist (w/Scott Lipsky), carries a 3.60 grade point average and has yet to declare a major. Morris, who was nationally ranked in both singles and doubles, has a 3.41 GPA and is also undeclared.
Earning Honorable Mention honors were seniors Ali Ansari (Houston, TX/Second Baptist HS) and Alex Kim (Potomac, MD/Winston Churchill HS). The pair was part of a senior class that won two NCAA Team Championships, four Pacific-10 Conference titles and posted a perfect 54-0 career home dual match record. Kim also won the 2000 NCAA Singles Championship, and was the #1 ranked singles player in the country for most of the 2001 campaign.
2001 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Tennis All-Academic Teams
Name (School) Yr. GPA Major
Adrian Barnes (California) Sr. 3.82 Rhetoric
Erik Dmytruk (California) Sr. 3.70 Business Administration
K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) Jr. 3.50 Human Biology
Scott Kintz (California) Sr. 3.74 Business Administration
Jari Niskala (Arizona) Sr. 3.83 Computer Science
Andrew Park (USC) Sr. 3.70 Biology
Name (School) Yr. GPA Major
Jeremy Berman (Washington) Sr. 3.52 Psychology
David Martin (Stanford) So. 3.60 Undeclared
Carter Morris (Stanford) So. 3.41 Undeclared
Andreas Posavac (Washington) Sr. 3.40 Business
Chris Sands (UCLA) Sr. 3.24 Sociology
Ari Strassberg (Washington) So. 3.43 Pre-Business
Honorable Mention: Ali Ansari (Stanford), Steven Capriati (Arizona), Erfan Djahangiri (UCLA), John Paul Fruttero (California), Matt Hanlin (Washington), Alex Kim (Stanford), Marius Lunde (Washington), Hiro Nakamura (California), Pim Van Mele (Arizona State), Andrey Vinogradsky (California).