Men's Tennis Prepares for Matches Against Hawaii and No. 37 Arkansas
March 19, 2001
This Week: The University of Washington men's tennis team, ranked sixth by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, will head to Oahu, Hawaii to take on the University of Hawaii and No. 37 Arkansas on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20-21. The Huskies have had a fifteen-day hiatus since their last match against U.C. Irvine, in which Washington won 6-1. In series competition, the Huskies have faced both Hawaii and Arkansas only one time each, and lost both of those matches.
The Streak Continues: The Dawgs currently have a six-match win streak, the longest win streak in head coach Matt Anger's six-year tenure at Washington. Their last loss dates back to the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, where they lost to No. 5 Duke, 0-4. Since then, the Huskies have posted wins over No. 8 Florida, U,C. Santa Barbara, No. 68 Oregon, Pacific, Virginia Tech, and U.C. Irvine.
Anger Reaches Centennial Mark: With the 6-1 win over the Oregon Ducks, head coach Matt Anger earned his 100th career win at the University of Washington. With 15 wins last season, Anger moved up to No. 3 on UW's all-time list for wins in a career (91), surpassing Windy Langlie's mark of 79 total wins (1931-33 and 1947-60). Anger needs just six more victories to tie Chip Zimmer for second place with 106 career wins.
USTA/ITA Tournament: The University of Washington hosted the 27th USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships over the span of four days. The Huskies faced No. 4 Georgia in the first round, upsetting the Bulldogs by a score of 4-3. The win was the highest upset at UW since the Dawgs defeated No. 3 Mississippi State in the same tournament two years ago. In the second round, Washington took on No. 5 Duke and lost to the Blue Devils, 0-4. In the consolation round, the Huskies rebounded from the loss to defeat No. 8 Florida, 4-1. UCLA won the championship, defeating No. 1 Stanford, 4-2, for its seventh title in this event, marking the 18th-straight year that a school from California has won the indoor championship.
Latest Rankings: In the latest poll, the Huskies have four players ranked by the ITA. Junior trasfer Andrej Bizjak placed the highest, coming in at No. 37 with a record of 10-6. Sophomore Matt Hanlin is ranked 54th with a record of 11-3. Andy Posavac stayed in the rankings this week at No. 49 with a record of 12-0. Jeremy Berman fell to No. 79 with a record of 12-2. In the doubles rankings, duo Berman/Posavac made their debut at No. 49 with a record of 7-6.
Last Season: The 1999-2000 men's tennis team finished last year with a 15-9 overall record, 3-4 in the Pac-10, and ranked 33rd in the final polls. Washington received their sixth-consecutive post-season berth, competing against No. 26 San Diego State in the NCAA tourney. The Huskies started out the day strong as two of the three doubles teams won (Berman/Posavac d. Maiberger/Pest 8-6 and Hanlin/Woolley d. Coren/Hasson 8-6). In singles play, both Jeremy Berman and Mark Woolley defeated their opponents (Berman d. Webster 6-2, 6-4, Woolley d. Hasson 6-3, 0-6, 6-4), but the team couldn't hold on in the end, losing to the Aztecs, 3-4.
The New Look: Over the past summer, the Nordstrom Tennis Center was revamped to showcase the ATP-style purple courts. The ATP tour experimented with the new courts last summer and found the color to be beneficial for both players and spectators to follow the ball. Washington is now only the third venue to feature the new courts.