Men's Tennis Players Earn Top-25 Singles Preseason Rankings

Sept. 10, 2002

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Washington men's tennis players Alex Vlaski and Matt Hanlin were ranked 15th and 23rd, respectively, in the preseason Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Monday.

This poll marks just the second time in UW men's tennis history that two singles players have been ranked in the Top-25. In 1999, All-Americans Robert Kendrick and Eric Drew earned Top-25 billings.

Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Vlaski also joined elite company in the Husky record books. Only one player in the program's history has been ranked higher than 15th, a distinction belonging to Kendrick with a No. 3 ranking in 1999.

Vlaski, a sophomore from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and Hanlin, an All-American senior from Birmingham, England, were also members of Husky doubles teams ranked in the preseason Top-50 poll.

Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg (Ramat-Hasaron, Israel) check in at No. 27, while Hanlin and senior Dillon Ruby (Westlake Village, Calif.) stand at No. 50. It is the first time ever that two Husky doubles teams have been ranked at the same time.

The 2002-03 season begins with the All-American Championships, Tuesday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 13, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

For the complete Preseason Omni Hotels singles and doubles rankings, go to www.collegetennisonline.com.

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