UW Men's Tennis Prepares for Tulane in First Round of NCAA Tournament

May 7, 2002

NCAA Tournament: The No. 35 Washington men's tennis team (17-6, 3-4) received their eighth-consecutive postseason berth into the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Tournament last Thursday as they were one of 64 teams selected by the officiating committee. UW will face 32nd-ranked Tulane (18-7) in the first round on Saturday, May 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University. The host Cardinal (19-5) will face Sacramento State (12-10) in the match thereafter. The winners will play again Sunday, May 12 at noon, with the first and second round winner advancing to the NCAA Championships, May 18-27, in College Station, Texas.

Husky-Green Wave History: The 2002 NCAA Regionals will mark the first time that UW has faced Tulane. However, in 1955 Jose Aguero of Tulane defeated Washington's Bill Quillian in the NCAA Singles Championships. Also, the two teams will meet again next season, as the Green Wave will be in Seattle to compete in the Great Northwest Shootout.

Tulane Tidbits: Tulane was bested 4-2 in the Conference USA Men's Championships by the University of South Florida in late April. The Green Wave currently has two players in the ITA's latest singles poll and one tandem in the doubles poll. Michael Kogan comes in at No. 20 and Victor Romero places at No. 56, while the two also combine to make the 19th-ranked duo in the nation.

NCAA Singles Tournament: UW's Matt Hanlin (Birmingham, England) and Alex Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) were both chosen to compete in the 64-man NCAA Singles Championships, beginning Wednesday, May 22 in Texas. This marks the first time since 1999 that the Huskies have sent two players to the singles tournament, when Eric Drew and Robert Kendrick were selected three years ago. Hanlin was chosen as an alternate last year and advanced to the Round of 16, where he was defeated by Brian Vahaly of Virginia, 6-1, 6-1.

Final Dual 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 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. Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler, playing No. 3 doubles, defeated 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. 29 and junior Matt Hanlin at No. 42, both improvements over their 37th and 47th spots respectively, the week before. The two have been present in the singles rankings all season long.

Pac-10 Finish: With conference play concluded, UW finished 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.

2001 Postseason: Following an impressive regular season, the Huskies continued their success in the NCAA Tournament, posting wins over Hofstra and Notre Dame to advance to the Sweet 16 of men's tennis for the first time in school history. UW blanked Hofstra, 4-0 in the first round, earning three singles victories and claiming the doubles point. Senior Jeremy Berman led the way with a 6-1, 6-0 convincing defeat over Sergio Teixeira at No. 3 singles. Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby also beat their opponents by scores of 6-2, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1, respectively. Against the Fighting Irish, Washington was once again dominant, notching a 4-1 victory. The Huskies got off to a fast start claiming the doubles point with wins from duos Berman and Andy Posavac, along with Hanlin and Andrej Bizjak. Hanlin also earned his second win in postseason with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Casey Smith. Facing the second-ranked UCLA Bruins in the Round of 16 was anything but easy, and the Huskies were eliminated from postseason play with a 4-1 loss to their conference opponent. The lone Husky to win was Hanlin who claimed a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 competitive match over Jean-Julien Rojer.

Record Watch: With his 6-4, 6-3 upset over 10th-ranked Tobias Clemens of UCLA in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Championships, junior Matt Hanlin earned his 75th win on his career, and moved up to seventh place on UW's all-time list for singles wins in a career. Hanlin now owns an overall record of 75-31 at Washington.

Double Take: With an 8-2 victory over Damien Spizzo and Tiege Sullivan of USC in April, Dillon Ruby claimed his 50th career doubles win as a Husky. The victory also moved him into a tie for 13th place on UW's charts for all-time doubles wins in a career, with Nick Williams, Chris Pearson, Mark Neubauer and Randy Lim. Ruby is now 50-31 over three years at UW.

Solid Start: The 2002 Washington men's tennis team began the year with a record of 13-0, recording the best start in school history. The 1986 squad began their campaign with 11 consecutive wins, before losing to San Diego, 7-2. Washington's first loss on the year came at the hands of No. 31 TCU at the Pepperdine Invitational. The Huskies lost both non-conference matches that weekend to drop to 13-2.

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