Men's Tennis Tops Arizona State, 6-1

March 9, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Second-ranked Stanford improved to 11-1 on the season with a 6-1 win over visiting Arizona State (6-4) on Saturday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center. The Cardinal has won four straight matches by a combined score of 26-2.

Stanford, which beat Arizona State by identical 6-1 scores in their two meetings last season, won going away thanks to five straight set singles victories.

Stanford won the Nos. 2-6 singles matches, and lost seven games or less in each of those contests.

The Cardinal once again received impressive performances from freshmen Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks HS) and Sam Warburg (Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS), who have each won four matches in a row. Warburg improved to 16-7 on the season with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Chris Stewart (Adelaide, Australia/Georgia State) at No. 5 and Sheng beat Mirza Duranovic (Mostar, Bosnia/Tennessee Tech) 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6.

Arizona State scored its point at No. 1 singles, where Matt Klinger (Toronto, Canada/Richview Collegiate) upset fourth-ranked K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA/International Academy) 6-7, 7-5, 7-6.

The Cardinal won two of the three doubles matches, highlighted by an impressive performance from top-ranked Scott Lipsky (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-Kennedy HS) and David Martin (Tulsa, OK/Boca Raton Prep) at No. 1. Lipsky and Martin routed 45th-ranked Mitchell Bowen (Sydney, Australia/Knox Grammar School) and Klinger 8-2.

Stanford will now take a two-week break for final examinations, and will return to action on Saturday, March 23 when it hosts unranked Hawaii at noon.

#2 Stanford 6, #42 Arizona State 1

Doubles (Stanford wins point)

No. 1 - #1 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) d. #45 Mitchell Bowen/Matt Klinger, 8-2

No. 2 - #14 Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. Clinton Letcher/Pim Van Mele, 8-4

No. 3 - Olivier Charroin/Chris Stewart (A) d. Phil Sheng/Sam Warburg, 8-6


No. 1 - Matt Klinger (A) d. #4 K.J. Hippensteel, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6

No. 2 - #26 David Martin (S) d. Pim Van Mele, 6-2, 6-3

No. 3 - #45 Ryan Haviland (S) d. #111 Clinton Letcher, 6-2, 6-1

No. 4 - #58 Scott Lipsky (S) d. Olivier Charroin, 6-1, 6-2

No. 5 - Sam Warburg (S) d. Mirza Duranovic, 6-4, 6-3

No. 6 - Phil Sheng (S) d. Chris Stewart, 6-3, 6-2

Records - Arizona State 6-4, Stanford 11-1.

Team and player rankings are according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

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