The Stanford men's tennis team lost their second consecutive home match on Saturday, dropping a hard-fought 4-3 decision to UCLA. K.J. Hippensteel was unable to play due to back problems so the entire Cardinal line-up had to move up one slot against the third-ranked Bruins. Still, Stanford showed lots of heart by winning the doubles point and almost winning the overall dual match. At #1 doubles, the top two doubles teams in the nations squared off with Stanford's David Martin and Scott Lipsky winning, 9-7. Then, Martin played one of the best singles matches of his Stanford career and upset UCLA's #1 player, Tobias Clemens, 6-3, 6-4. Clemens is ranked 10th nationally. Stanford also won at #5 where Sam Warburg won in 3 dubious sets, 0-6, 6-0, 6-0. Can't remember the last time I saw those scores. UCLA prevailed at #3, #4 and #6 singles, setting the stage for the deciding match at #2 singles. Scott Lipsky was playing up and facing a tough opponent in UCLA's Jean-Julien Rojer. Lipsky hung tough but came up on the short end of a 7-5, 6-4 score.
On Tuesday, the #6-ranked Cardinal had lost 5-2 to Pepperdine while playing without 3 of their top 5 players. Coach Gould's squad was so depleted that they actually had to default at #3 doubles and at #6 singles against the fifth-ranked Waves.
The men will be back in action on Saturday at noon when they face the 10th-ranked Trojans of USC. Unfortunately, K.J. Hippensteel is expected to miss Saturday's match. Unbelievably, Stanford had a 75-match home winning streak earlier this season but has now lost three home matches this season and is in danger of losing three home matches in a row for the first time in recent memory.
Come out and support this exciting squad as they play their last regular season home match in 2002.