Top-Ranked Men's Tennis To Host San Diego, Cal
Feb. 19, 2002
SAN DIEGO, CAL VISIT THE FARM: The top-ranked Stanford University men's tennis team continues its five-match homestand this week when it takes on No. 51 San Diego (2-4) and No. 18 California (4-3) at the Taube Tennis Center ... The Cardinal will host the Toreros on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and the Golden Bears on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. ... The California match was originally scheduled for noon, but has been moved back three hours to follow the UCLA-Stanford men's basketball game ... All fans who present their ticket stubs from the men's basketball game can buy a general admission tennis ticket for half price ... The Cardinal, which is 2-0 at home this season, will be looking to extend its 74-match home winning streak that dates back to April of 1996 ... Following the San Diego and California matches, Stanford will conclude the homestand with duals against unranked Utah (Mon., Feb. 25 @ 1:30 p.m.) and Santa Clara (Tues., Feb. 26 @ 1:30 p.m.).
THE RANKINGS: Stanford moved to No. 1 in the country on Feb. 13 following its USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship ... The team indoor title vaulted the Cardinal, which entered the tournament at No. 2, over Georgia ... The Cardinal's last stint at No. 1 was April 18-May 1 of last season ... In the ITA Fall Singles Rankings released on Dec. 11, 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 (Tulsa, OK/Boca Raton Prep) 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 ... The first singles and doubles rankings of 2002 will be released on Friday, Feb. 22.
THE COACH: Stanford head coach Dick Gould added yet another impressive feat to his resume last season ... Gould, who has a career record of 718-130 (.847), 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 ... He has also guided the Cardinal to a record 12 USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, including three in the last five years ... Gould is assisted by fellow Stanford alum John Whitlinger, who has helped guide the Cardinal to nine NCAA Team Championships in his 15 seasons.ABOUT THE TOREROS: The University of San Diego travels to the Bay Area with a 3-4 overall record ... The Toreros are coming off a 6-1 loss at No. 5 UCLA last Saturday in Los Angeles ... San Diego won the doubles point against the Bruins, but dropped all six singles matches ... The Toreros are 0-3 against the Pac-10 this season with losses to Arizona (6-1), UCLA and USC (7-0) ... The Cardinal is 16-1 against San Diego dating back to 1973, and this will be the first meeting between the schools since 1995.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: The 18th-ranked Golden Bears are currently 4-3 on the campaign, and will host San Diego (Wednesday) before their visit to The Farm on Saturday ... Last week, California routed No. 44 Fresno State 7-0 on Friday in Berkeley and lost 4-2 at No. 9 Pepperdine on Saturday in Malibu ... California also competed at the National Team Indoor Championships earlier this month, and went 1-2 with a win over No. 53 Brown (4-2) and losses to No. 6 Illinois (4-1) and No. 27 Indiana State (4-3) ... The Golden Bears are led by Balazs Veress, who is currently ranked 50th in the nation in singles ... Stanford has won 21 straight over California dating back to May of 1991 ... The Cardinal is also 71-9 vs. the Golden Bears under head coach Dick Gould.
NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONS: Stanford University won the prestigious USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships with a thrilling 4-3 victory over sixth-ranked Illinois on Feb. 10 at the Louisville Tennis Club ... Stanford's title was its 12th in the 28-year history of the event, and third in the last five years ... The Cardinal's 12 titles is the most in tournament history, while UCLA is second with seven ... The victory makes Stanford 12-4 all-time in championship matches at the National Team Indoors ... The Cardinal advanced to the final with wins over No. 52 San Diego State (4-0), No. 9 Duke (4-1) and No. 12 USC (4-2) ... The Cardinal was dominant in the top four singles slots, going a combined 13-2 over the four-day event ... Junior David Martin, who also won the tournament's sportsmanship award, went 4-0 while senior K.J. Hippensteel went 3-0 and juniors Ryan Haviland and Scott Lipsky were both 3-1.
K.J.'S KORNER: K.J. Hippensteel, who already boasts among the most impressive NCAA Championship credentials in Stanford history, is having an impressive 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 95-23 (.803), including a 50-11 (.820) mark in dual competition ... Hippensteel, who is 11-0 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.