Men's Tennis Opens Pac-10 Slate Hosting Stanford, Cal This Weekend

March 26, 2003

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THIS WEEK: Ninth-ranked Washington men's tennis (14-0 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) will put its 14-match winning streak to the test this weekend when it opens Pac-10 play at home against two Top-10 teams. The Huskies host sixth-ranked Stanford, Friday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a contest with seventh-ranked Cal, Saturday, March 29, at 1 p.m. These two contests mark the final home matches of the 2003 season for Washington, which plays its remaining Pac-10 duals on the road.

LAST TIME VS. STANFORD...: ...the Huskies pulled off an NCAA upset. Washington ousted Stanford from the second round of the NCAA Championships last year, with a 4-3 victory in Palo Alto. It was just the second all-time victory by the Huskies over the Cardinal, who had won five of the last seven NCAA titles. Stanford defeated Washington 6-1 in the regular season contest in Palo Alto, last year. The Huskies are 2-26 all-time vs. Stanford who has won 13 Pac-10 titles.

HUSKIES VS. CAL: Like Stanford, the Huskies have had a hard time with the California Golden Bears. UW holds an all-time record of 6-25 vs. Cal. Last year, Cal defeated Washington 7-0 in the Huskies' Pac-10 opener in Berkeley.

HUSKIES MOVE DOWN TO NO. 9 NATIONAL RANKING: After a No. 7 ranking in last week's ITA national poll, Washington moved down two spots to No. 9 in the latest poll released Wednesday. The Huskies do remain in the Top-10 for the sixth-straight week. UW's No. 7 ranking was the highest of the season, and the second-highest in school history. The Huskies held a No. 6 ranking on March 14, 2001. Individually, the UW lineup features two nationally ranked singles players. Sophomore Alex Vlaski is eighth, while senior Matt Hanlin is the 19th-ranked singles player. On the doubles side, the pair of Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg checks in at No. 53.

UW SETS NEW RECORD FOR BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY: Washington's 6-1 victory over Pacific on Sunday, March 23, gave the Huskies a 14-0 overall a record which is the best start to a season in the program's 94-year history. UW broke the previous standard of 13-straight wins established last year.

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 164 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 100 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 14-0, playing eight matches at No. 1 singles and six at No. 2...Scharler is 13-0 overall, going 7-0 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 7-0 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.

UP NEXT: The Huskies head to the desert to take on Arizona State, Friday, April 4, in Tempe, Ariz. (12:30 p.m. PT), and Arizona, Saturday, April 5, in Tucson (12 p.m. PT).

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