No. 10 Men's Tennis Hosts Three-Straight Matches This Weekend
March 5, 2003
THIS WEEK: Tenth-ranked Washington men's tennis (10-0) has the chance to equal its best start in the program's history, hosting three dual matches at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center this weekend. Washington will first face No. 61 Fresno State, Fri., March 7, followed by Santa Clara, Sat., March 8. Both contests will be held at 2 p.m. UW wraps up the homestand with No. 41 San Diego, Sun., March 9, at noon. Last year's 13-0 start to the season was the Huskies' best in school history.
HUSKIES REMAIN AT NO. 10 IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Washington held onto its Top-10 national ranking for the third straight week, according to the latest ITA poll released Wednesday. This No. 10 ranking is the highest for a Husky men's team since a No. 8 billing on March 28, 2001. UW opened the season at No. 20 and stopped for a week at No. 12 before this latest rise. Individually, the UW lineup features three nationally ranked singles players. Sophomore Alex Vlaski is ranked eighth, while senior Matt Hanlin is the 14th-ranked singles player. Sophomore Peter Scharler made his debut in the national rankings this week at No. 116. On the doubles side, the pair of Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg checks in at No. 55.
LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies extended their season winning streak to 10 with a pair of victories over Oregon and Purdue at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center last weekend. Washington dominated the Ducks, 6-1, winning all three doubles matches and five singles contests. Sophomore Fred Sundsten and junior Nick Weiss clinched the doubles point with their win at No. 3, while sophomore Peter Scharler clinched the match win with his singles victory at No. 5. It was much the same against No. 55 Purdue, as Washington swept the doubles matches and won all but one singles match. Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby clinched the doubles point at No. 1, while sophomore Alex Vlaski's No. 1 singles win clinched the team victory.
HUSKY NET NOTES: Two Husky starters, Matt Hanlin and Peter Scharler, are undefeated in dual matches this season...Hanlin is 10-0, playing six matches at No. 1 singles and four at No. 2...Scharler is 9-0 overall, going 5-0 at No. 5 singles and 4-0 at No. 6 singles...Scharler and sophomore Christoph Palmanshofer have teamed to make a solid No. 3 doubles tandem...the pair is 5-0 so far in dual action...Vlaski's loss vs. Tulane's Michael Kogan on Feb. 16 was just his second singles loss of the season and remains his only in dual action...Hanlin ranks second on Washington's career singles wins list with 96...Chet Crile (1990-93) holds the UW career record for singles wins with 108.
2002 RECAP: Last year the Huskies compiled an overall record of 19-7 and tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with a 3-4 conference record. UW advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year, falling to Auburn 4-3. The Huskies defeated Tulane 4-2 in their first-round NCAA match, followed by a 4-3 upset of No. 6 Stanford in the second round. UW's win kept Stanford out of the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1987. The Cardinal had won five of the last nine national championships. Freshman Alex Vlaski, the 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, advanced to the second round of the NCAA singles championships, before falling to Stanford's David Martin. UW did not lose a single letterwinner from last year's squad (nine) and has added two newcomers, sophomore transfer Fred Sundsten (Larvik, Norway/Murray State) and freshman Patrick MacKay (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo HS).
UP NEXT: The Huskies hit the road for the first time in over a month, when they head to Capitola, Calif. to face Pacific, Sun., March 23 at 1 p.m.