UW Men's Tennis Defeats Idaho to Tie Best Start in School History

Feb. 24, 2002

SEATTLE, Wa. - The 18th-ranked Washington men's tennis team (11-0, 0-0) defeated unranked Idaho, 7-0, Sunday afternoon in the Nordstrom Tennis Center to tie the best start in school history. The 1986 men's team also began the year 11-0, before suffering a 7-2 loss to San Diego.

Today's win also marks the seventh time this season that Washington has shut out their opponent.

The doubles lineup was shaken up a bit as juniors Matt Hanlin (Birmingham, England) and Dillon Ruby (Westlake Village, Calif.) occupied the No. 1 spot. The duo, who are currently tied for 57th in the ITA's doubles rankings, notched their tenth win on the year by defeating Eddie Brisbois and Brock Berry, 8-5.

Ari Strasberg (Ramat-Hasaron, Israel) and Peter Scharler (Salzburg, Austria) played No. 2 doubles and beat Vandal pair, Hector Mucharraz and Brad Lum-Tucker, 8-4. To clinch the doubles point, Scott Felsenthal (Memphis, Tenn.) and Nick Weiss (Santa Monica, Calif.) took care of Fredrick von Sydow and Stephen De Silva, 8-5.

The Huskies took five of the six singles matches in straight sets as No. 52 Hanlin clinched the match for UW by defeating Brisbois, 6-2, 6-0. Christoph Palmanshofer (St. Georgen, Austria) played in the second position and beat De Silva, 6-3, 6-2. Palmanshofer is now 6-1 since joining the team in January. Strasberg was victorious at No. 3 with a 6-3, 6-3, defeat of Idaho's Lum-Tucker.

Scharler continued his four-match win streak with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Mucharraz in the fourth position. Freshman Felsenthal earned his second dual win as a Husky, defeating Berry, 6-1, 6-2. With the win secured and all five singles matches concluded, Weiss rebounded from a loss in the first set to claim his match, 1-6, 6-2, 7-5. Weiss is now 12-2 on the year.

The Huskies next action will be Fri. and Sat., March 2 and 3, respectively when they take to the road to face Ball State and Purdue.

No. 18 Washington vs. IdahoNordstrom Tennis Center

SINGLES1. (52) Matt Hanlin (UW) d. Eddie Brisbois (UI) 6-2, 6-02. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) d. Stephen De Silva (UI) 6-3, 6-23. Ari Strasberg (UW) d. Brad Lum-Tucker (UI) 6-3, 6-34. Peter Scharler (UW) d. Hector Mucharraz (UI) 6-3, 6-05. Nick Weiss (UW) d. Chris Faulman (UI) 1-6, 6-2, 7-56. Scott Felsenthal (UW) d. Brock Berry (UI) 6-1, 6-2

DOUBLES1. (t57) Hanlin/Dillon Ruby (UW) d. Brisbois/Berry (UI) 8-52. Scharler/Strasberg (UW) d. Mucharraz/Lum-Tucker (UI) 8-43. Felsenthal/Weiss (UW) d. von Sydow/De Silva (UI) 8-5

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