No. 16 Washington Men's Tennis Hits Road with 11-0 Record
Feb. 27, 2002
This Weekend: The No. 16 Washington men's tennis team will head to Indiana this weekend to face Ball State and No. 49 Purdue. This marks the first time in school history that UW has faced either team.
Last Weekend: The Huskies concluded the last weekend in February with a 3-0 record, defeating Sacramento State, Texas Tech and Idaho, all unranked teams. UW shut out each team, marking the seventh time this season they have blanked an opponent. Against the Hornets, Washington claimed the doubles point with wins from Christoph Palmanshofer/Alex Vlaski (9-8), Matt Hanlin/Dillon Ruby (8-6) and Scott Felsenthal/Peter Scharler (8-2). On Saturday's match against Texas Tech, Ruby clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-4, win over Daivd Kraszak. Against the Vandals, UW once again swept 1-6 singles and all three doubles matches. Freshman Felsenthal earned his second dual win as a Husky by defeating Brock Berry, 6-1, 6-2.
Successful Start: With a 7-0 win over Idaho on Sunday, the 2002 men's tennis team tied the best start in school history with an 11-0 record. The 1986 squad, under head coach Doug Ruffin, also began the year with an 11-0 mark, before being defeated 7-2 by San Diego. Under current head coach Matt Anger, the best start thus far had been a 5-0 record posted by the 1997 team.
Conference Play: During the offseason, the Pac-10 streamlined all conference play so that competition would come at the end of the season, gearing teams for postseason play. This year, the Huskies will head south to face California and Stanford in late March, only to come home to host Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, USC and Oregon in a five-match stretch through April.
Undefeated: Four Huskies remain undefeated in singles dual play. Ruby, Nick Weiss, Felsenthal and Matt Leon all remain perfect thus far into the season. Ruby, tied for 143rd place in the ITA's latest rankings, is 9-0 this year, playing in the No. 3, 5 and 6 positions. Weiss has also yet to lose a match, having played at No. 4, 5 and 6, amassing a 6-0 mark. Felsenthal and Leon own a 2-0 and 1-0 record, repectively. The Huskies have also never lost a match at the No. 1, 4 and 6 positions.
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.