No. 23 Washington Men's Tennis to Host Great Northwest Shoot Out
Feb. 13, 2002
This Weekend: The No. 23 Washington men's tennis team will host the Great Northwest Shoot Out at the Nordstrom Tennis Center this weekend, the fifth such tournament in school history. The Huskies welcome No. 24 Indiana State, No. 49 Northwestern and No. 55 Louisville. The round-robin tournament will place Washington against Louisville on the first day of action. The Huskies and Cardinals have never faced each other. On Saturday, Washington will take on Indiana State, for only the second time in school history. Against Northwestern, the two teams are even at 3-3 in series history, and will face off on Sunday at noon.
Shoot Out Winners: In the four previous Great Northwest Shoot Outs, the Huskies have been in the finals each year. In 2000, Michigan defeated Washington, 4-3. UW claimed their only title in 1998 with a win over Virginia Tech, 4-3. Boise State defeated the Huskies in 1997, 4-3, and conference opponent USC downed the dawgs 4-3, in 1996.
Previous Matches: The Huskies took to the road for the first time this season and came away victorious with two wins against No. 58 BYU and unranked Oregon. Against the Cougars, the Huskies claimed the doubles point with wins from Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby, along with Ari Strasberg and Peter Scharler. UW also notched four singles wins from Alex Vlaski, Scharler, Ruby and Nick Weiss. Washington faced Oregon the next day for a non-conference match against the Ducks and held on to win, 4-3. The Huskies lost the doubles point for the first time this season but earned four singles matches from Hanlin, Strasberg, Christoph Palmanshofer and Ruby.
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.
Matt on the Move: Washington's Matt Hanlin continues to move up the Husky record books in singles play. The junior from Birmingham, England is now tied for 16th with All-American Robert Kendrick and Sasha Rampazzo for singles wins in a career with 58. He is also now at No. 13 for singles winning percentage in a career at .682 (58-27).
Newcomers: The four Husky newcomers have had a successful beginning of the season, accounting for 40% of Washington's dual wins in singles play. Alex Vlaski has an impressive overall record of 7-2, Christoph Palmanshofer, having joined the team in early January holds a 3-1 overall mark, Peter Scharler owns a stellar 6-2 record in his career thus far, and Scott Felsenthal notched his first dual victory in the No. 5 spot against Alex Kull of Gonzaga,6-1, 6-2.