K.J. Hippensteel Earns Top Seed At National Indoors
Nov. 7, 2001
FARMERS BRANCH, Tex. - Stanford University senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) is the top singles seed at the Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which will be held this Thursday-Sunday at the Brookhaven Country Club.
The Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which is hosted by SMU, is the nation's premier collegiate indoor tennis tournament. The event is also the second of three national championship events for college men's tennis this season (the first event - the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American Championships - was held last month, and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May).
Hippensteel will be shooting for its second straight singles title in a national championship event, and the third of his career. Hippensteel captured his second career ITA All-American Singles Championship in Stone Mountain, Georgia in October, and also won that event in 1999 in Austin, Texas. Only one player, Arizona State's Sargis Sargsian in 1994-95, has ever won the All-American, National Indoor and NCAA singles titles during the same season.
Hippensteel, a three-time All-American, is followed by the following seven seeds (in order): Michael Kogan of Tulane, Oliver Maiberger of San Diego State, Tiago Ruffoni of Auburn, Al Garland of Pepperdine, Daniel Klemetz of Middle Tennessee, Jesse Witten of Kentucky and Romain Ambert of Mississippi State. Stanford has won more ITA Indoor Singles title --- three -- than any other school.
Stanford's Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) also secured a spot in the 32-player singles draw by capturing the Northern California Regional title at Santa Clara in October.
On the doubles side, the Cardinal's Lipsky and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) are seeded second in the 16-team field, while Hippensteel and junior Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS) are also entered.
First round singles play opens Thursday at 8:30 a.m. CT and is followed by first round and quarterfinal doubles matches in the afternoon and evening (the draws will be released Wednesday afternoon). This is the first season where doubles will consist of one, eight-game set in tournament