Men's Tennis Heads to Ojai, California for Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2002

This Weekend: The No. 34 Washington men's tennis team will head south to Ojai, California for the annual Pac-10 Championships, April 25-28. This individual tournament comes two weeks prior to NCAA Regionals, gearing players for postseason play. The men will play at Libbey Park, with two rounds of singles on openning day, beginning at 8 a.m. The 32-player singles draw will be made up of four players from each school, while the 16-player doubles draw will have two tandems from the respective eight schools that sponsor men's tennis.

Previous Pac-10's: In the 2001 Pac-10 Championships, UW played well in both singles and doubles. 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.

Last Weekend: Washington concluded its 2002 regular season with a 5-2 win over unranked Oregon at the Quillian Stadium. The win marked the second time this season UW has defeated the Ducks, the Huskies having taken a tight 4-3 decision in Eugene in the first part of February. In doubles action, only one UW duo managed to pull out a win, and that was Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler at No. 3 doubles, defeating Manuel Kost and Chris King, 8-3. The Huskies played well in singles however, claiming five of six matches. No. 57 Matt Hanlin defeated Oded Tieg in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, while Ari Strasberg beat Martin Pawlowski, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6. Palmanshofer was victorious also, defeating Sven Swinnen, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Playing No. 5 singles, Scharler defeated Jason Menke in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, while Dillon Ruby took Chris King, 6-4, 6-1.

Omni Hotels Rankings: The latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association's rankings have placed freshman Alex Vlaski at No. 37 and junior Matt Hanlin at No. 47. Hanlin jumped 10 spots with a successful weekend, while Vlaski fell nine after a close 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 battle against Oregon's Manuel Kost. The two have been present in the singles rankings all season long.

Pac-10 Finish: With conference play concluded, UW finishes tied for fifth with Arizona State, with a mark of 3-4 (.429) in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils had an overall mark of 12-9 (.571), while UW posted a 17-6 (.739) season. UCLA was named Pac-10 Champion with a 6-1 (.857) conference finish and a 19-4 (.826) overall mark. Also in the standings: 2t. Stanford (5-2), USC (5-2), California (5-2), 7. Arizona (1-6), 8. Oregon (0-7).

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.

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