K.J. Hippensteel Sweeps Three Matches At ITA All-American Championships
Oct. 11, 2001
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Stanford University senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) swept three matches on Thursday to advance to the round of 16 of both the singles and doubles main draws at the ITA All-American Championships.
Hippensteel, who won the singles title at this event in 1999 in Austin, Texas, was dominant in his two singles victories. The three-time All-American, who is seeded third in the tournament and ranked fifth in the 2001 preseason rankings, handled 43rd-ranked Henry Beam of Michigan 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and 26th-ranked Matt Hanlin of Washington 6-3, 6-4 in the second round. He will face 12th-seeded and 18th-ranked Daniel Klemetz of Middle Tennessee in the round of 16 on Friday.
Hippensteel also teamed with junior Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) to pull off the biggest doubles upset of the day. The unseeded Cardinal duo, which is ranked 20th in the country, shocked fifth-ranked and fourth-seeded Daniel Kiernan and Sebastian Rutka of LSU 8-6 in the first round. Stanford's other doubles entry - top-seeded and second-ranked juniors Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) - turned back 34th-ranked Casey Smith and Javier Taborga of Notre Dame 8-6 in their first round match. In the second round, Lipsky and Martin will play 28th-ranked Scott Meyer and Dan Swan of Purdue, while Haviland and Hippensteel will face 19th-ranked Michael Kogan and Victor Romero of Tulane.
In addition to Hippensteel, Stanford had four other players entered in the singles main draw. Haviland and Martin both prevailed in the first round and fell in the second round, while Lipsky and freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) dropped their opening matches but rebounded to win in the first round of consolation play. The 48th-ranked Haviland pulled off the big upset of the group with a convincing 6-3, 6-4 first round win over the 29th-ranked Kiernan.
Play continues at the ITA All-American on Friday with the third round of singles, and second round and quarterfinals of doubles. The ITA All-American is the first of the three 'major' national collegiate tennis championships, along with the National Collegiate Indoors & NCAA Championships.
ITA All-American Championships
At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)
Main Draw Singles
#9 seed Michael Kogan (Tulane) d. Sam Warburg (Stanford), 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-2
David Martin (Stanford) d. Mariano Pettigrosso (Arkansas-Little Rock), 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
#11 seed Romain Ambert (Mississippi State) d. Scott Lipsky (Stanford), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
#3 seed K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. Henry Beam (Michigan), 6-2, 6-0
Ryan Haviland (Stanford) d. Daniel Kiernan (LSU), 6-3, 6-4
#13 seed Tiago Ruffoni (Auburn) d. David Martin (Stanford), 6-3, 6-2
#3 seed K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. Matt Hanlin (Washington), 6-3, 6-4
Amer Delic (Illinois) d. Ryan Haviland (Stanford), 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Sam Warburg (Stanford) d. Chris Gostek (Alabama), 6-2, 6-2
Scott Lipsky (Stanford) d. Mark Roberts (Boise State), 7-5, 6-2
Main Draw Doubles
#1 seeds Scott Lipsky/David Martin (Stanford) d. Casey Smith/Javier Taborga (Notre Dame), 8-6
Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. #4 seeds Daniel Kiernan/Sebastian Rutka (LSU), 8-6