UW's Hanlin and Vlaski Keep Rolling, Advance to Pac-10 Semifinals
April 26, 2002
OJAI, Ca. - Despite rain delays that didn't start matches until late Friday afternoon, both Matt Hanlin (Birmingham, England) and Alex Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) continued their conference success, advancing to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Championships at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif.
In his quarterfinal match Friday afternoon, Hanlin faced 10th-ranked Tobias Clemens of UCLA. The two met earlier this April in Seattle when the Bruin easily defeated the UW junior in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. However, Hanlin earned redemption and his 22nd win on the year defeating Clemens, 6-4, 6-3, and will face Rodrigo Grilli of UCLA in the semifinal matchup, Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
Vlaski advanced to the semifinals by dominating 67th-ranked Nick Rainey of USC in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, improving to 22-6 on the year. He will take on UCLA's Marcin Matkowski, currently ranked 21st in the nation, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
In Invitational singles, Dillon Ruby (Westlake Village, Calif.) faced Lassi Ketola of UCLA, and was downed in a tight 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 match against the Bruin. Ruby is now 17-6 overall on the year.
Main draw doubles provided a lot of competitive action as Hanlin and Ruby faced Mitchell Bowen and Matt Klinger of ASU, ranked 17th nationally. The Sun Devil tandem downed UW's duo 9-7, while Ari Strasberg (Ramat-Hasaron, Israel) and Vlaski were also defeated 9-7 by Steven Capriati and Carl Hagman of Arizona in the first round.
Scott Felsenthal (Memphis, Tenn.) and Nick Weiss (Santa Monica, Calif.) teamed together to take on Chris King and Manuel Kost of Oregon in Invitational doubles, but were defeated by the Oregon duo, 8-1. Christoph Palmanshofer (St. Georgen, Austria) and Peter Scharler's (Salzburg, Austria) results were not yet available.
2002 Pac-10 ChampionshipsFriday, April 26, 2002Ojai, California, Libbey Park
Men's Singles-Invitational Draw-QuarterfinalsLassi Ketola (UCLA) d. Dillon Ruby (UW) 4-6, 6-4, 10-4
Men's Doubles-Main Draw-First RoundBowen/Klinger (ASU) d. Hanlin/Ruby (UW) 9-7Capriati/Hagman (UA) d. Strasberg/Vlaski (UW) 9-7
Men's Doubles-Invitational Draw-First RoundKing/Kost (UO) d. Felsenthal/Weiss (UW) 8-1Agniel/Arapovic (UA) vs. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) still in progress