Washington Men's Tennis in Heat of the Pac-10 Race
April 11, 2001
This Weekend: The 13th-ranked University of Washington men's tennis team (17-5, 2-2) will take to the road this weekend to face conference opponents No. 1 UCLA and No. 21 USC. The Huskies are just 1-16 all-time versus the Bruins of UCLA and have never defeated USC in school history, owning a 0-17 record against the Trojans.
Last Weekend: The Huskies came out of last weekend with a 1-1 record, losing to the Arizona Wildcats and defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils, with both matches on the road. Washington dropped a close match to Arizona, losing 3-4. The Huskies won the doubles point as Dillon Ruby and Ari Strasberg, along with Andrej Bizjak and Matt Hanlin posted victories of 9-7 each. The team also earned singles victories from Andy Posavac and Ari Strasberg.The win over Arizona State was the first in school history. Washington lost the doubles point and the first two singles matches and the team was down quickly, 0-3. But they fought back to earn victories in the No. 1, 4, 5, and 6 positions to defeat the Sun Devils, 4-3. Ari Strasberg defeated Olivier Charroin in three sets (6-7(4), 6-2, 7-5) for his 10th-straight victory.
Anger Claims Second Place: With a 7-0 win over Loyola Marymount this past weekend, Washington head coach Matt Anger moved into second place on UW's all-time list for victories in a career with 107. Anger surpassed Chip Zimmer's (1975-81) old mark of 106 wins. Doug Ruffin (1982-84, 1986-94) is in first place with 173 wins.
Leapin' Lunde: Senior Marius Lunde has moved up to third place on UW's all-time list for singles wins in a career with 83. Lunde surpasses Ornello Arlati and Scott Pearson who were tied for third place. Lunde has an overall record of 22-7 on the season.
Persistent Posavac: Andy Posavac is also on the move as he has climbed to sixth place on UW's all-time list for doubles wins in a career with 61. Posavac moved past Jay Wilson (1983-86) who owned 58 wins in his career.
Berman Moves Up: With his (6-1, 6-3) win over Loyola Marymount's Johannes Asuja, senior Jeremy Berman moved into second place on UW's all-time list for career singles victories with 87. Berman passed former UW great and All-American Eric Drew who earned 86 victories in his career. Chet Crile (1990-93) is in first place with 108 wins. Berman has an impressive 21-5 overall record on the season and also has an 11-match win streak.
Winning is Everything: The Huskies have already surpassed last year's win total of 15. The defeat over Loyola Marymount was the men's 16th this season, and the team has five more regular season matches to go. The last time Washington posted 20 wins was in 1985, when the team went 20-8. The record for wins in a season is held by the 1979 team, who went 30-4.
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 its 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.