Men's Tennis Qualifies For Singles And Doubles Finals At ITA All-American
Oct. 13, 2001
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Stanford University continued its strong start to the 2001-02 season by qualifying senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) for the singles final and juniors Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) for the doubles final at the ITA All-American Championships on Saturday at the Lincoln Tennis Center.
Hippensteel, who won this event in 1999, will be attempting to become only the second two-time winner in the tournament's 22-year history (Al Parker, Georgia, 1989-90). The third-seeded and fifth-ranked Hippensteel posted a pair of wins on Saturday to set up Sunday's final with unseeded and 91st-ranked Kosta Kinchanka of South Alabama. Kinchanka upset both the fourth- (Alex Hartman, Mississippi) and ninth-seeded (Michael Kogan, Tulane) players on Saturday.
Hippensteel opened his day with an impressive 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over eighth-seeded and 13th-ranked Oliver Maiberger of San Diego State. The Cardinal senior then advanced to the finals with a 67-minute, 6-4, 6-2 semifinal win over unranked and 88th-ranked Amer Delic of Illinois. Hippensteel is now 12-1 in three ITA All-American appearances and will be attempting to add to Stanford's tournament-record five singles championships.
In doubles, Lipsky and Martin are picking up where they left off last season. The Cardinal juniors, who advanced to the 2001 NCAA Semifinals and are the top seed in this event, outlasted unseeded and unranked Andrew Colombo and Tiago Ruffoni of Auburn 9-7 in Saturday's semifinals.Lipsky and Martin, who are ranked second in the nation and are looking to become the fourth Stanford duo to claim the ITA All-American Doubles Championship, will face unseeded and 18th-ranked Marcin Matkowski and Jean-Julien Rojer of UCLA in Sunday's final. Matkowski and Rojer posted an 8-6 semifinal win over the Cardinal's 20th-ranked pair of junior Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) and Hippensteel.
The ITA All-American Championship is the first of three national collegiate tennis championships in the 2001-02 season. The All-American, the Nov. 8-11 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, and the year-end NCAA Championships are college tennis' three national championship events during the season for Division I men.
ITA Men's All-American Championships
At Stone Mountain, Georgia (Lincoln Tennis Center)
Main Draw Singles
#9 seed Michael Kogan (Tulane) d. #13 seed Tiago Ruffoni (Auburn), 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
Kosta Zinchanka (South Alabama) d. #4 seed Alex Hartman (Mississippi), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
#3 seed K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. Oliver Maiberger (San Diego State), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Amer Delic (Illinois) d. Jesse Witten (Kentucky), 6-1, 6-1
Kosta Zinchanka (South Alabama) d. #9 seed Michael Kogan (Tulane), 6-2, 6-2
#3 seed K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford) d. Amer Delic (Illinois), 6-4, 6-2
Main Draw Doubles
#1 seeds Scott Lipsky/David Martin (Stanford) d. Andrew Colombo/Tiago Ruffoni (Auburn), 9-7
Marcin Matkowski/Jean-Julien Rojer (UCLA) d. Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (Stanford), 8-6