UW Men's Tennis Hosts Oregon in Last Regular Season Match of the Year
April 17, 2002
This Weekend: The No. 34 Washington men's tennis team will host the unranked Oregon Ducks this Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bill Quillian Stadium. The two teams met earlier this season, UW claiming a close 4-3 non-conference battle in Eugene. The Huskies earned singles wins from Matt Hanlin, Ari Strasberg, Christoph Palmanshofer and Dillon Ruby, but notched only one doubles victory from Strasberg and Peter Scharler. Traditionally, UW has fared well against Oregon, holding a 103-5-1 advantage in series history, while not having lost to the Ducks since April 10, 1976 when they were downed, 5-4.
Last Weekend: UW concluded the second week in April with a fairly dismal 0-2 record against perennial powerhouses, UCLA and USC. Against the 3rd-ranked Bruins, Washington posted two singles victories from Alex Vlaski, who defeated Jean-Julien Rojer, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 and Dillon Ruby who took Alberto Francis in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. In Saturday's match against the No. 10 Trojans, Vlaksi and Matt Hanlin each notched singles wins, while Hanlin and Ruby teamed together to defeat Damien Spizzo and Tiege Sullivan, 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Absolute Alex: With his 6-2, 6-4 win over Ryan Moore of USC, Alex Vlaski earned his 19th win on the year to improve to 19-5 overall. The freshman from Belgrade, Yugoslavia is on a four-match win streak, all coming against ranked opponents in conference play. Vlaksi has played in the top two spots throughout the year, posting a 7-4 record at No. 1 and an undefeated 8-0 mark at No. 2.
Pac-10 Championships: The 2002 Pac-10 Championships will be held April 25-28 in Ojai, California. This individual tournament comes two weeks prior to NCAA Regionals, gearing players for postseason play. Last year, Dillon Ruby advanced to the semifinals of the Invitational Championships before he was defeated by Scott Lipsky of Stanford, 6-0, 6-2. In the main draw of doubles, Ruby and Ari Strasberg also advanced to the semifinals, losing to Olivier Charroin and Pim Van Mele of ASU, 8-4.
Record Books: Dillon Ruby earned his 50th career doubles win at Washington when he and partner Matt Hanlin posted an 8-2 win over Spizzo and Sullivan of USC. The mark is good enough to tie him for 13th place on UW's all-time list for doubles wins in a career. Hanlin also moved up over the weekend with his 6-4, 4-5 (ret) victory over Andrew Park. He now owns a career singles winning percentage of .710, placing him at No. 8 on the school charts, passing teammate Ari Strasberg.
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.