Washington's Matt Hanlin Advances to the Round of 16 of NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Tournament

May 25, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. --Washington's Matt Hanlin advanced to the round of 16 of the NCAA men's singles championships Friday morning after posting a 6-3, 6-2 win over St. John's Erik Scharf at the University of Georgia's Magill Tennis Complex.

Hanlin, a sophomore out of Birmingham, England and ranked 55th nationally, will take on No. 14 Brian Vahaly of Virginia in the round of 16 on Saturday morning. The winner will play again Saturday night in the quarterfinals.

In the opening round, Hanlin faced No. 57 Rameez Junaid of Auburn and won the match in three sets, 1-6, 7-6, 6-4. Both Hanlin and junior transfer Andrej Bizjak were selected as alternates for singles competition. Bizjak lost to No. 35 Jean Simon of Texas, 7-6, 6-1 on the first day of play.

Washington is coming off of its best season ever, having reached the round of 16 of the NCAA men's team championships. The Huskies lost to the Bruins, 4-1, in their final match of the year.

NCAA Men's Tennis ChampionshipsDan Magill Tennis Complex, Athens, Ga.

Singles (second round, 32 competitors)No. 55 Matt Hanlin (Washington) d. Erik Scharf (St. John's) 6-3, 6-2

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