No. 22 Washington Men's Tennis Opens Campaign This Weekend
Jan. 21, 2002
This Weekend: The Washington men's tennis team will begin dual-match play this weekend, hosting No. 72 Portland, UC Santa Barbara and Gonzaga at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center beginning Friday afternoon. The Huskies faced each of these teams last season and earned three decisive victories. For the second year in a row, Washington will open against Portland, holding a 40-0 advantage in series play. The Huskies downed the Pilots 6-1 in 2001, earning six singles victories, but losing the doubles point. Additional matches will be played this weekend including, UCSB vs. Gonzaga, Portland vs. Gonzaga and UCSB vs. Portland.
Last Season: The 2000-01 Washington men's tennis team made history in the school record books. The team finished the year with a 20-8 overall record, and a 3-4 mark in conference play, good enough to tie them for fourth place in the Pac-10. The 20 wins were the most since the 1986 team tallied 26 victories. The Huskies earned their highest ranking ever, coming in at No. 6 following wins over No. 4 Georgia (4-3) and No. 8 Florida (4-1) in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. They claimed the sixth spot from Feb. 21-March 20. After an impressive regular season, Washington had an even better postseason, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The Huskies ended their season with a 4-1 loss to conference opponent, UCLA. Matt Hanlin earned the lone point for Washington with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 win over 13th ranked Jean-Julien Rojer.
Newcomers: The Huskies welcome four newcomers to the 2001-02 squad. They include: Scott Felsenthal, out of Memphis, Tenn., high school teammates Christoph Palmanshofer, from St. Joergen, Austria and Peter Scharler, from Salzburg, Austria, along with Alex Vlaski, from Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
Absolute Anger: With seven seasons under his belt, head coach Matt Anger holds a 111-60 (.649) overall record at Washington, placing him at No. 2 on the all-time list for wins in a career. Doug Ruffin, who had a 12-year stint as a Husky ranks atop the list with 173 wins.
Departed Seniors: The Huskies will be without the help of departed seniors Jeremy Berman, Marius Lunde and Andy Posavac, all three of which have made their mark on the school record books. Berman finished his career with a 91-41 (.689) record, placing him at No. 2 for all-time wins in a career. With 28 wins his junior season, Lunde is tied for third place in school history for all-time wins in a season. Posavac ended his career with a 64-46 (.582) doubles record, good enough to finish sixth on the Husky charts. The trio can also claim that prior to their arrival at Washington, the men's tennis team had never been ranked in the ITA's top-25, but during their four-year tenure, the team averaged in the top-25.
Preseason Rankings: The Huskies enter the 2001-02 season with a No. 22 ranking by the ITA, the highest in three seasons when the 1998-99 squad came in at No. 18 in early January. Washington garnered placements at No. 26 and No. 28 in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Competitive Conference: As is tradition, the Pac-10 conference continues its dominance in collegiate tennis, with seven of eight schools that sponser men's tennis ranked in the ITA's preseason top-75 poll, five of which come in the top tier. Rankings are as follows: 2. Stanford, 3. UCLA, 11. California, 12. USC, 22. Washington, 36. Arizona State, 40. Arizona.