Men's Tennis Heads To The Desert To Face Arizona State, Arizona This Weekend

April 2, 2003

THIS WEEK: After playing seven of the last eight dual matches at home, 11th-ranked Washington men's tennis (14-2 overall, 0-2 Pac-10) opens a five-match Pac-10 road swing beginning with a trip to the desert to face the Arizona schools this weekend. The Huskies will face No. 40 Arizona State, Friday, April 4, in Tempe at 12:30 p.m. PT, followed by No. 52 Arizona, Saturday, April 5, in Tucson, at 12 p.m. PT.

HUSKIES' 14-MATCH WIN STREAK HALTED BY STANFORD: Amassing the best start in school history with a 14-0 record, Washington put its streak to the test when it opened Pac-10 play vs. Stanford and Cal at home last weekend. The Huskies fell victim to sixth-ranked Stanford, losing their first match of the season, 5-2, March 28. UW won the doubles point with Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby winning at the No. 2 spot, while Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler picked up a victory at No. 3 doubles. Stanford then won five of the six singles matches to run away with the team win. Eighth-ranked Alex Vlaski was the lone Husky to earn a 'w,' with a two-set win over Scott Lipsky (7-5, 6-2) at No. 2 singles. UW lost its second-straight match the following day to seventh-ranked Cal. The Golden Bears took the doubles point and four singles matches to win 5-2. Palmanshofer and Scharler won again at No. 3 doubles to improve to 9-0 in dual action, while Hanlin and Vlaski picked up straight-set wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively.

HUSKIES RANKED NO. 11 IN LATEST ITA POLL: This week the Huskies dropped two spots to No. 11 in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings released by the ITA, a move that broke a string of six-straight weeks of being ranked in the Top-10. UW's highest ranking of the season was No. 7 on March 19, which was also 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 this year. Hanlin currently has 168 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 102 victories. Former Husky Chet Crile (1990-93) holds that record with 108 singles wins.

HUSKY NET NOTES: Huskies Matt Hanlin and Peter Scharler suffered the first dual singles losses of the season last weekend...Hanlin fell to 10th-ranked David Martin of Stanford (7-5, 1-6, 6-3) at No. 1 singles...Scharler lost to Cal's Steve Berke in straight sets (6-2, 7-5) at No. 5 singles...Hanlin is 15-1 and Scharler is 13-1 in dual matches this season...Scharler and Christoph Palmanshofer have teamed to make a solid No. 3 doubles tandem...the pair is 9-0 so far in dual action...Alex Vlaski's only dual loss this season came vs. Tulane's Michael Kogan on Feb. 16...he is 14-1 in dual action, 25-3 overall.

UP NEXT: Next weekend the Huskies head to Southern California to take on No. 22 USC, Friday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m. and No. 6 UCLA, Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m.

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