Men's Tennis Heads To Ojai For Pac-10 Individual Championships

April 23, 2003

THIS WEEK: After finishing the regular season tied for sixth-place in the conference standings, 10th-ranked Washington men's tennis (16-5 overall, 2-5 Pac-10) heads to Ojai, Calif., for the 2003 Pac-10 Individual Championships, held Thurs., April 24, through Sun., April 27. Individuals from the eight men's teams will be vying for the league's singles and doubles titles. Opening day on Thursday features two rounds of singles. One round of singles and two rounds of doubles will be played on Friday, with semifinals slated for Saturday and finals for Sunday. Washington will be represented in the singles main draw by senior Matt Hanlin, senior Dillon Ruby, sophomore Alex Vlaski and sophomore Christoph Palmanshofer. Competing in the doubles main draw will be teams of Hanlin and Ruby, and Palmanshofer and sophomore Peter Scharler. Junior Nick Weiss, sophomore Scott Felsenthal and Scharler will take part in the Pac-10 Invitational singles draw, while Felsenthal and Weiss will team to compete in the invitational doubles draw.

LAST YEAR...: the Huskies had two players advance to the Pac-10 singles semifinals in Alex Vlaski and Matt Hanlin. Hanlin was defeated by the eventual Pac-10 champion, UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli, but Vlaski emerged with a victory over UCLA's Marcin Matkowski to advance to the final. Grilli downed Vlaski in the championship match, 6-4, 6-3.

PAC-10 DRAW: The 32-player men's singles draw consists of four student-athletes from each school, and the 16-team doubles draw shall consist of two doubles teams from each school. Washington's first-round matchups look like this: Singles Main Draw-Thurs.: Ruby vs. Scott Lipsky (Stanford), 11 a.m.; Hanlin vs. Sven Swinnen (Oregon), 8 a.m.; Vlaski vs. Thomas Bieri (Oregon), 9:30 a.m.; Palmanshofer vs. Chris Lam (UCLA), 12:30 p.m. Doubles Main Draw - Fri.: Hanlin/Ruby vs. Collins/Langre (USC), 11 a.m.; Palmanshofer/Scharler vs. Corkery/Pade (Stanford), 12:30 p.m. Invitational Singles Draw-Thurs.: Felsenthal vs. Daniel Andrus (Arizona), 8 a.m.; Weiss vs. Aaron Yovan (UCLA), 9:30 a.m.; Scharler vs. Patrick Briaud (Cal), 12:30 p.m. Invitational Doubles Draw-Fri.: Felsenthal/Weiss vs. King/Patrick (Cal), 11 a.m.

HUSKIES RANKED NO. 10 IN LATEST ITA POLL: This week the Huskies moved up three spots to No. 10 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 18th, while senior Matt Hanlin is the 27th-ranked singles player. On the doubles side, the pair of Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg checks in at No. 42.

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 is 2-5.

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 175 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 104 victories. Former Husky Chet Crile (1990-93) holds that record with 108 singles wins.

UP NEXT: The 2003 NCAA Division I Women's and Men's Tennis selection announcements will take place on Wednesday, April 30 on ESPNews. The women's announcement will take place at 1:30 p.m. PT, with the men's to follow at 1:45 p.m. PT. NCAA Regionals will be held at campus sites Sat.-Sun., May 10-11, a precursor to the NCAA Championships in Gainesville, Fla., held Sat., May 17-Sun., May 26.

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