Men's Tennis Prevails In First Action Of The 2001-02 Season

Oct. 9, 2001

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Stanford University freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) opened up his collegiate career with an impressive straight set victory at the ITA All-American Tennis Championships on Tuesday afternoon.

Warburg posted a convincing 6-3, 6-3 win over Mattias Mathaes of Rice in the first round of qualifying action. Both players entered the match ranked tied for 100th in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

With the win, Warburg will face 90th-ranked Frantisek Krepelka of Oklahoma State on Wednesday. The winner of that match advances to the 64-player main draw, which runs Thursday-Sunday at the Lincoln Tennis Center. Warburg was also scheduled to play in the doubles qualifying draw with fellow freshman Phil Sheng, but the pair withdrew from the event.

The tournament, which began with pre-qualifying play on Monday, started with 256 singles entries and is the first of the three national collegiate tennis championships (National Collegiate Indoors & NCAA Championships). The Cardinal owns high seeds in both the singles and doubles main draws, with 1999 ITA All-American Champion K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) seeded third in singles and junior All-Americans Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) seeded first in doubles.

Stanford has enjoyed a great deal of success at the ITA All-American since its inception in 1979. The Cardinal has captured five singles titles - more than any other school - and two doubles crowns.

ITA All-American Championships

At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)

Qualifying Singles

First Round

Sam Warburg (Stanford) d. Mattias Mathaes (Rice), 6-3, 6-3

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