UW Men's Tennis Dazzles Crowd in Upset of No. 4 Georgia
Feb. 15, 2001
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 19th-ranked Washington men's tennis team upset No. 4 Georgia, 4-3, in the first round of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The win for the Huskies is their highest-ranked ever since upsetting No. 3 Mississippi State, 5-1, in the first round of play of the same tournament, two years ago. After losing the doubles point, the Dawgs rebounded to gather four singles victories in the first four positions.
Junior transfer Andrej Bizjak, playing in the No.2 slot, upset the No. 3 player in the nation in Bo Hodge, defeating him in three sets, (2-6, 6-3, 6-0). Jeremy Berman then collected the second point for the Huskies, taking care of No. 25 Brandon Wagner (6-3, 7-5). Senior Andy Posavac earned Washington's third point by taking care of No. 18 Lesley Joseph in two sets, (6-4, 7-5). Posavac has yet to be defeated this season, moving his record up to 8-0. The Dawgs lost both the fifth and sixth positions, tying the score at three-all.
The match then came down to sophomore sensation Matt Hanlin and No. 6 Matias Boeker in the No. 1 slot. With points going back and forth, Hanlin secured the first set, 7-6. In the second set, Hanlin went up 4-1, but Boeker came back to bring the set to 6-all. In dramatic fashion, Hanlin won the tiebreaker, 7-6, and clinched the upset for the Huskies, 4-3.
Washington will face Duke in the second round of the tournament tomorrow night, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Georgia will play No. 18 Pepperdine at the Seattle Tennis Club at 4 p.m.
SINGLES1. Matt Hanlin (UW) d. Matias Boeker (UG) (7-6, 7-6)2. Andrej Bizjak (UW) d. Bo Hodge (UG) (2-6, 6-3, 6-0)3. Andy Posavac (UW) d. Lesley Joseph (UG) (6-4, 7-5)4. Jeremy Berman (UW) d. Brandon Wagner (UG) (6-3, 7-5)5. Chad Carlson (UG) d. Ari Strasberg (UW) (6-2, 6-2)6. Travis Parrott (UG) d. Dillon Ruby (UW) (6-1, 6-0)
DOUBLES1. Jeremy Berman/Andy Posavac (UW) vs. Matias Boeker/Travis Parrott (UG) DNF2. Bo Hodge/Lesley Joseph (UG) d. Dillon Ruby/Ari Strasberg (UW) (8-5)3. Chad Carlson/Nick Boeker (UG) d. Matt Hanlin/Michael Rubin (UW) (8-5)