K.J. Hippensteel Withdraws From National Indoor Championships With Back Spasms

Nov. 8, 2001

FARMERS BRANCH, Tex. - Stanford University senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) was forced to withdraw from the 2001 Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships on Thursday morning with back spasms. Hippensteel was the top seed in the 32-player singles draw and fourth seed in the 16-team doubles bracket with junior Ryan Haviland (Sumter, SC/Sumter HS).

Stanford's other doubles team of second-seeded juniors Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Key Biscayne, FL/Boca Raton Prep) prevailed in the first round before falling in the quarterfinals.

Lipsky and Martin, who were semifinalists at the NCAA Championships last season, defeated Mike Kosta and Nathan Zeder of Illinois 8-6 in the first round. The Cardinal duo then dropped an 8-6 quarterfinal match to Marcus Hornung and Reiner Neurohr of Baylor.

Stanford's one remaining singles entry - junior Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) - fell in the first round to Benjamin Becker of Baylor 6-4, 6-4. Lipsky will face Indiana State's Vedron Vidovic in the first round of the consolation singles draw on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. (CT).

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).

Omni Hotels National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

At Brookhaven Country Club

First Round - Main Draw Singles (Round of 32)

Benjamin Becker (Baylor) d. Scott Lipsky (Stanford), 6-4, 6-4

Friday's First Round Consolation Singles Pairings (Round of 16)

Scott Lipsky (Stanford) vs. Vedron Vidovic (Indiana State), 8:30 a.m.

First Round - Main Draw Doubles (Round of 16)

Scott Lipsky/David Martin (#2 seeds - Stanford) d. Mike Kosta/Nathan Zeder (Illinois), 8-6

Quarterfinals - Main Draw Doubles

Marcus Hornung/Reiner Neurohr (Baylor) d. Scott Lipsky/David Martin (#2 seeds - Stanford), 8-6

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