UW's Hanlin and Vlaski Defeat Ranked Opponents in Men's Tennis Loss

April 13, 2002

SEATTLE, Wa. - The 33rd-ranked Washington men's tennis team was defeated 5-2 by the 10th-ranked USC Trojans Saturday afternoon at the Quillian Stadium. The Huskies are now 16-6 overall and 2-4 in conference play.

USC was clearly not affected by the difference in climate playing at the outdoor stadium, notching four of six singles matches and two of the three doubles competitions.

UW earned two points in the top singles matches. Junior Matt Hanlin (Birmingham, England), who is currently ranked 68th nationally, retired No. 33 Andrew Park, 6-4, 4-5 (ret) on the top court. Freshman Alex Vlaski continued his four-match win streak by defeating No. 110 Ryan Moore in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

Playing No. 3 singles, Christoph Palmanshofer (St. Georgen, Austria) faced No. 71 Prakash Amritraj and was downed by the Trojan, 6-1, 7-6. On court four, junior Ari Strasberg (Ramat-Hasaron, Israel) went head to head with No. 54 Nick Rainey and lost a 6-4, 7-5 competitive battle.

In other singles action, UW's Peter Scharler (Salzburg, Austria) was defeated by Ruben Torres, 6-4, 6-3, while Dillon Ruby (Westlake Village, Calif.) came back with a win in the second set against Daniel Langre, but could not hold on as the Trojan won, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.

In doubles action, Hanlin and Ruby defeated Danien Spizzo and Tiege Sullivan in convincing fashion, 8-2. The duo is now 15-5 overall this season and has won six of their past eight matches. Strasberg and Vlaski, playing No. 1 doubles, were defeated by seventh-ranked Moore and Rainey, 8-5, while Palmanshofer and Scharler could not hold on as they lost the tiebreaker, 9-7 to Amritraj and Langre.

Next up for the Huskies will be their last home match of the year against Oregon on Sat., April 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Quillian Stadium. UW will travel to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championships, April 25-28.

No. 33 Washington vs. No. 10 USCQuillian Stadium

SINGLES1. (68) Matt Hanlin (UW) d. (33) Andrew Park (USC) 6-4, 4-5 (ret)2. (t46) Alex Vlaski (UW) d. (110) Ryan Moore (USC) 6-2, 6-43. (71) Prakash Amritraj (USC) d. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) 6-1, 7-64. (54) Nick Rainey (USC) d. Ari Strasberg (UW) 6-4, 7-55. Ruben Torres (USC) d. Peter Scharler (UW) 6-4, 6-36. Daniel Langre (USC) d. Dillon Ruby (UW) 6-0, 3-6, 6-2

DOUBLES1. (7) Moore/Rainey (USC) d. Strasberg/Vlaski (UW) 8-52. Hanlin/Ruby (UW) d. Damien Spizzo/Tiege Sullivan (USC) 8-23. Amritraj/Langre (USC) d. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) 9-7

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