UW Men's Tennis Heads to Eugene for First Road Trip of the Season
Jan. 30, 2002
This Weekend: The No. 21 Washington men's tennis team will take to the road for the first time this season to face No. 58 BYU and unranked Oregon, with both matches on the campus of the Ducks. The Huskies faced Oregon two times last season, beating them by a score of 6-1 in both contests, with only one match counting in conference play. The Huskies have a 102-5-1 all-time record against the Ducks. UW has played Brigham Young seven times in school history and the Cougars hold a 4-3 advantage.
Last Weekend: The Huskies opened their season with a fury, shutting out three teams in the span of three days, including No. 72 Portland, UC Santa Barbara and Gonzaga. In Friday's action, UW claimed the doubles point with wins from Christoph Palmanshofer and Alex Vlaski along with Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby, 9-8 and 8-3, respectively. Three freshmen earned their first career wins at Washington. No. 53 Vlaski, playing in the No. 1 singles slot, upset No. 26 Travis Parrott, 6-1, 6-4. Palmanshofer, who joined the team this January, defeated Nick Tostenrude in convincing fashion, 6-1, 6-1. Playing in the No. 4 position, Peter Scharler took care of Quinn Borchard in two sets, 6-1, 6-1. Against the Gauchos, the Huskies also earned the doubles point, along with victories in singles, one through six. No. 44 Matt Hanlin earned his second win on the year by way of defeating No. 76 Carlos Palencia, 6-4, 6-2. UW recorded its third shutout against Gonzaga, with sophomore Matt Leon earning his first win on the season, a 6-2, 6-0, win over Andy Livingston.
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.
In the Record Books: With his 6-1, 6-2, win over Gonzaga's Shawn Whitney, junior Matt Hanlin moved up to No. 18 on UW's all-time list for singles wins in a career. He is tied with Mark Onustock and Chris Pearson, who also tallied 107 wins in their respective careers. Also making moves was junior Dillon Ruby who advanced to No. 17 on the school charts for doubles winning percentage in a career at .613 (38-24).
Newcomers: The Huskies welcome four newcomers to the 2001-02 squad. They include: Scott Felsenthal, out of Memphis, Tenn., Christoph Palmanshofer, from St. Joergen, Austria, 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