Men's Tennis Looks To Make History Against Pacific On Sunday

March 19, 2003

THIS WEEK: No. 7 Washington men's tennis (13-0) will play away from its home court for the first time since Feb. 9, as the Huskies head to Northern California to face Pacific, Sunday, March 23, at 1 p.m., in Capitola, Calif. Riding a 13-match win streak to open the season, the Huskies have equaled the best start in school history and they have the chance to establish a new standard against the Tigers on Sunday.

HUSKIES CLAIM NO. 7 NATIONAL RANKING: Washington is ranked in the Top-10 for the fifth-straight week. In fact, this week's No. 7 ranking is the highest this season and just the second-highest in school history to the No. 6 ranking the Huskies held on March 14, 2001. Individually, the UW lineup features two nationally ranked singles players. Sophomore Alex Vlaski is ranked seventh, while senior Matt Hanlin is the 16th-ranked singles player. On the doubles side, the pair of Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg checks in at No. 26.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies extended their season winning streak to 13, winning a trio of matches at home against No. 61 Fresno State (6-1), Santa Clara (7-0), and No. 41 San Diego (5-2), March 7-9.

HANLIN ALL-TIME WINNINGEST HUSKY: All-American senior Matt Hanlin etched his name in the Husky record books, becoming Washington's career leader in combined singles and doubles victories. Hanlin currently has 162 combined wins under his belt, surpassing previous leader Eric Drew who had 158 wins from 1996-99. Hanlin also ranks second on the UW's career singles list with 99 victories. Former Husky Chet Crile (1990-03) holds that record with 108 singles wins.

HUSKY NET NOTES: Two Husky starters, Matt Hanlin and Peter Scharler, are undefeated in dual matches this season...Hanlin is 13-0, playing seven matches at No. 1 singles and six at No. 2...Scharler is 12-0 overall, going 6-0 at No. 5 singles and 6-0 at No. 6 singles...Scharler and sophomore Christoph Palmanshofer have teamed to make a solid No. 3 doubles tandem...the pair is 6-0 so far in dual action...Vlaski's loss vs. Tulane's Michael Kogan on Feb. 16 was just his third singles loss of the season and remains his only in dual action.

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 play their final two matches at home, but open up their Pac-10 slate with Stanford, Friday, March 28, and Cal, Saturday, March 29. Friday's match will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday's will begin at 1 p.m.

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