No. 2 Men's Tennis Travels To National Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 6, 2002
SECOND-RANKED CARDINAL TRAVELS TO PRESTIGIOUS USTA/ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Stanford University men's tennis team shoots for its 12th USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship, and fifth in the last nine years, this Thursday-Sunday at the Louisville Tennis Club ... The Cardinal's opponent in the first round of the 16-team event will be a familiar one in San Diego State - the same squad Stanford defeated 6-1 on The Farm on Saturday afternoon ... The field features each of the top 12 teams in the country, and Stanford's eight-team bracket includes No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Tennessee, No. 8 SMU, No. 9 Duke and No. 12 USC ... The Cardinal, has won more National Team Indoor Championships than any other school, including its most recent title in 2000 ... In last year's Team Indoors in Seattle, Stanford fell 4-2 in the final to Pac-10 rival UCLA.
THE RANKINGS: Stanford starts the 2002 season where it left off at the conclusion of the 2001 campaign --- ranked No. 2 in the nation ... The Cardinal will see the best the nation has to offer, as it will play at least 18 nationally-ranked opponents, including no less than seven matches against teams in the top 15 ... In the ITA Fall Singles Rankings, senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) is ranked No. 1 in the nation ... Also ranked among the top 100 in the nation are junior Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) at No. 31, junior Ryan Haviland (Aiken, SC/Sumter HS) at No. 43, junior David Martin at No. 49 and freshman Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) at No. 90 ... In doubles, Lipsky and Martin are No. 3, Haviland and Hippensteel are No. 7 and Haviland and freshman Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks HS) are No. 43.
FOR OPENERS: Stanford opened up its 2002 dual season with an impressive 6-1 home win over San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Taube Tennis Center ... The Cardinal swept all three doubles matches, and won five of the six singles match-ups, including four in straight sets ... In the premier match-up of the day, Stanford's K.J. Hippensteel, who is the top-ranked player in the nation, defeated 11th-ranked Oliver Maiberger 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles ... The win was Hippensteel's second over Maiberger this season, including a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in the quarterfinals of the ITA All-American on Oct. 13 in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
THE COACH: Stanford head coach Dick Gould added yet another impressive feat to his resume last season ... Gould, who has a career record of 713-130 (.846), became the all-time Division I win leader in collegiate men's tennis history on April 17, 2001 with a 5-2 home win over Pepperdine ... Gould, who was named ITA/Wilson Intercollegiate Coach of the Decade for both the 1980's and '90's, has led Stanford to 17 NCAA Team Championships, as well as coaching 10 national singles champions and six doubles champions ... Gould is assisted by fellow Stanford alum John Whitlinger, who has helped guide the Cardinal to nine NCAA Team Championships in his 15 seasons.
K.J.'S KORNER: K.J. Hippensteel, who already boasts among the impressive NCAA Championship credentials in Stanford history, is back for his senior season ... The Roanoke, Virginia native won the NCAA Double Championship as a freshman in 1999 with Ryan Wolters, and advanced to the national singles semifinals as a sophomore and quarterfinals as a junior ... The three-time All-American owns a career singles record of 91-23 (.798), including a 45-11 (.807) mark in dual competition ... Hippensteel, who is 7-0 in singles this season, also made history this fall by becoming just the second player - along with Georgia's Al Parker (1989-90) - to capture two career ITA All-American Singles Championships ... Hippensteel, who lost just two sets in his six All-American victories this October, also won the tournament as a sophomore in 1999 ... The senior has already had his share of doubles success this season, as he and junior Ryan Haviland are ranked seventh in the country after reaching the semifinals of the All-American.
JUNIOR JARGON: The key to Stanford's 18th NCAA Team Championship may be its talented four-player junior class of Ryan Haviland, Scott Lipsky, David Martin and Carter Morris ... The class is highlighted by returning NCAA Doubles All-Americans Lipsky and Martin ... The duo reached the NCAA Semifinals last season, and are coming off a doubles title at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic earlier this month ... Both players are also enjoying singles success, as Lipsky won the Omni Hotels Northern California Regional Championships/Indoor Qualifier in October and Martin reached the final of the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in January ... Haviland is ranked 43rd in the nation in singles after reaching the final of the Omni Regional, and is also seventh in doubles with senior K.J. Hippensteel ... The fourth junior - Morris - has won three of his four singles matches this year.
ABOUT THE AZTECS: San Diego State moved up one spot to No. 52 in the national team rankings after capturing the ITA Region VIIIndoor Championship two weeks ago in Boise, Idaho ... The Aztecs defeated No. 62 New Mexico 6-1 and No. 58 BYU 4-3 to win the tournament title and earn a spot in the National Team Indoor Championships ... For his efforts in the two wins, Aztec junior Oliver Maiberger was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Week ... Maiberger is currently ranked No. 11 in the country in singles and No. 2 in doubles with Ryan Redondo.
THE REST OF THE FIELD: In addition to San Diego State, four other members of the National Team Indoor Championship field are on Stanford's 2002 schedule - California, Pepperdine, UCLA and USC ... In the second round of the Team Indoors, Stanford will face either No. 4 Tennessee or No. 9 Duke ... The Cardinal faced both of those squads last season, beating Duke 4-0 in the National Team Indoor semifinals and losing to Tennessee 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Team Championships.