Men's Tennis Shuts Out Oregon In Pac-10 Opener

March 29, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - Fifth-ranked Stanford University (14-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) opened its quest for a fifth straight Pacific-10 Conference title with a 7-0 win over visiting Oregon (11-4, 0-1) on Friday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center.

Stanford swept all three doubles matches to open the dual, and then captured five of the six singles matches in straight sets.

At No. 1 singles, Stanford senior K.J. Hippensteel (Roanoke, VA) rallied from an early deficit to defeat Manuel Kost (Kuessnacht, Switzerland) 6-3, 6-2. Kost took a 3-1 lead in the first set before the fourth-ranked Hippensteel won 11 of the final 13 games to improve to 17-2 on the season.

In the only three-set match, Stanford freshman Phil Sheng (Thousand Oaks, CA) battled the Ducks' Greg Duboiurdieu (Perreux, France) for nearly three hours at No. 6 singles. Sheng eventually prevailed 7-6, 2-6, 7-6, and has now won five of his last six.

Stanford returns to action on Saturday when it hosts No. 34 at Washington at noon at the Taube Tennis Center as The Garden Court Hotel Presents 'Pac-10 Weekend.' Oregon visits California on Saturday at noon.

#5 Stanford 7, #62 Oregon 0

Doubles (Stanford wins point)

No. 1 - #1 Scott Lipsky/David Martin (S) d. Sven Swinnen/Oded Teig, 8-4

No. 2 - #12 Ryan Haviland/K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. Jason Menke/Johan Paalberg, 8-3

No. 3 - Phil Sheng/Sam Warburg (S) d. Chris King/Manuel Kost, 8-2* (clinched doubles point)


No. 1 - #4 K.J. Hippensteel (S) d. Manuel Kost, 6-3, 6-2* (clinched dual victory)

No. 2 - #37 David Martin (S) d. Oded Teig, 6-2, 6-4

No. 3 - #73 Scott Lipsky (S) d. Sven Swinnen, 6-2, 6-4

No. 4 - #57 Ryan Haviland (S) d. Jason Menke, 6-2, 6-0

No. 5 - Sam Warburg (S) d. Chris King, 6-3, 6-2

No. 6 - Phil Sheng (S) d. Greg Dubourdieu, 7-6, 2-6, 7-6

Records - Oregon 11-4 overall (0-1 Pacific-10 Conference), Stanford 14-1 (1-0).

Player and team rankings are according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

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