UW Men's Tennis Upsets Stanford to Advance to Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament
May 12, 2002
STANFORD, Ca. - The No. 35 Washington men's tennis team (19-6) upset fifth-seeded Stanford (20-6) 4-3 in the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Team Championships Sunday afternoon at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University.
UW will take on No. 13 Auburn in the Sweet 16 of men's tennis on Sat., May 18, at Texas A&M University. This marks only the second time in school history that the Huskies have advanced past the first two rounds, the 2001 squad having advanced to the Round of 16 where they were defeated by UCLA, 4-1.
'Last year we reached the Round of 16 for the first time in school history, and this year is special because we have three freshmen in the starting lineup,' said eighth-year head coach Matt Anger. 'Our goal at the beginning of the season was to get back to the Round of 16. We regrouped in March and played very well in April. We knew we could play well here this weekend.'
The Huskies started off the afternoon with a victory on the doubles courts, notching wins from the Nos. 1 and 3 duos. Ari Strasberg (Ramat-Hasaron, Israel) and Alex Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) upset the second-ranked tandem in the nation, Scott Lipsky and David Martin, 8-6. UW's freshmen duo Christoph Palmanshofer (St. Georgen, Austria) and Peter Scharler (Salzburg, Austria) clinched the point for the second straight match with an 8-5 win over Stanford's Joe Kao and Phil Sheng to put the Huskies up 1-0.
Stanford pulled even however, earning their first point on the afternoon at No. 5 singles where Dillon Ruby (Westlake Village, Calif.) was defeated 6-3, 6-2 by Sam Warburg. The Cardinal continued to dominate as they won the next two matches to pull ahead by two points. Palmanshofer was defeated in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 by Stanford's Sheng, while Strasberg was taken care of by No. 49 Ryan Haviland, 6-4, 6-2.
Vlaski was the first Husky to notch a singles victory, taking a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over No. 51 Lipsky in the second position. Scharler then evened the score at three apiece with a three set victory over Kao, 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.
With the score tied at 3-3, the lone Husky still alive was Matt Hanlin (Birmingham, England) who has not lost a postseason match since his freshman campaign. Hanlin rebounded from a loss in the first set to keep his singles streak alive, along with clinching Washington's second straight Sweet 16 appearance with a 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-1 upset over 28th-ranked Martin at No. 1 singles.
Stanford, who has won five of the last seven NCAA titles, has advanced to the Round of 16 every year since 1987.
No. 35 Washington 4, No. 6 Stanford 3NCAA Division I Men's Tennis TournamentTaube Tennis Center
Singles1. (49) Matt Hanlin (UW) def. (28) David Martin (SU) 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-12. (29) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (51) Scott Lipsky (SU) 6-4, 7-6(4)3. (49) Ryan Haviland (SU) def. Ari Strasberg (UW) 6-4, 6-24. Phil Sheng (SU) def. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) 6-3, 6-35. Sam Warburg (SU) def. Dillon Ruby (UW) 6-3, 6-26. Peter Scharler (UW) def. Joe Kao (SU) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
Doubles1. Strasberg/Vlaski (UW) def. (2) Lispky/Martin (SU) 8-62. Haviland/Warburg (SU) def. Hanlin/Ruby (UW) 8-63. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) def. Kao/Sheng (SU) 8-5