No. 15 Men's Tennis Heads To Southern California To Face No. 22 USC and No. 4 UCLA

April 9, 2003

THIS WEEK: The 15th-ranked Washington men's tennis team (14-4, 0-4 Pac-10) continues a five-match road swing, traveling to Southern California to face 22nd-ranked USC, Friday, April 11, at 1:30 p.m., and No. 4 UCLA, Saturday, April 12, at 1 p.m. The Huskies, still in search of their first conference victory, aim to snap a four-match losing streak this weekend. The end of the regular season is near, with only one more dual remaining on the slate before the Pac-10 Championships, April 24-27. UW will wrap the season with a match at Oregon, Saturday, April 19.

HUSKIES SUFFER TWO UPSETS IN THE DESERT: Washington's losing streak was extended to four matches, after suffering a pair of upsets to No. 40 Arizona State and No. 52 Arizona, in the desert last weekend. Against the Sun Devils, the Huskies clinched the doubles point but only received singles wins by sophomore Alex Vlaski and senior Matt Hanlin in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions, and lost by a team score of 4-3. The following day, it was another close battle, with the Wildcats coming out on top, 4-3. The Huskies' strength remained its doubles play, sweeping all three matches, but like Friday against ASU, Washington could only muster two singles wins. Vlaski was victorious at No. 1 singles, while senior Dillon Ruby won at No. 5.

HUSKIES RANKED NO. 15 IN LATEST ITA POLL: This week the Huskies dropped four spots to No. 15 in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings released by the ITA. 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 10th, while senior Matt Hanlin is the 26th-ranked singles player. On the doubles side, the pair of Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg checks in at No. 33.

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. The Huskies' streak was snapped by sixth-ranked Stanford (5-2), on Friday, March 28. Since then, Washington has yet to win a match.

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 171 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 103 victories. Former Husky Chet Crile (1990-93) holds that record with 108 singles wins.

HUSKY NET NOTES: With a team-high 27 wins this season, Alex Vlaski is now tied for fifth on UW's single season list...he is 16-1 in dual action, 27-3 overall...Vlaski's only dual loss this season came vs. Tulane's Michael Kogan on Feb. 16...Matt Hanlin suffered just his second dual loss against the Wildcats...he was upset by Carl Hagman (7-5, 4-6, 6-4) at No. 2 singles...Hanlin's first dual loss came to 10th-ranked David Martin of Stanford (7-5, 1-6, 6-3) at No. 1 singles...Sophomore Peter Scharler has ony lost one dual match, coming to Cal's Steve Berke in straight sets (6-2, 7-5) at No. 5 singles...Hanlin is 16-2 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 10-1 so far in dual action...their first dual loss came in the match vs. Arizona State.

UP NEXT: The Huskies culminate the regular season schedule with a trip to Eugene, Ore. to face the Ducks, Saturday, April 19, at 12 p.m. The Pac-10 Championships follow, April 24-27, in Ojai, Calif.

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