Vlaski, Hanlin Advance To Singles Quarterfinals At Pac-10 Tennis Championships

April 24, 2003

OJAI, Calif. - Washington men's tennis players Alex Vlaski and Matt Hanlin won their first and second round matches in the opening day of the 2003 Pac-10 Individual Championships in Ojai, Calif., advancing to tomorrow's main draw quarterfinals.

Vlaski, who advanced to last year's Pac-10 singles final as a freshman, knocked off his first and second-round opponents in straight sets. Vlaski downed Oregon's Thomas Bieri, 6-3, 6-1, before taking care of Stanford's Sam Warburg, 6-4, 6-1. Ranked No. 10 in the nation, Vlaski is slated to face UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli tomorrow at 8 a.m., in one of four quarterfinal contests. It will be a rematch of last year's Pac-10 final, as Grilli defeated Vlaski to win the singles crown last year.

Hanlin also defeated his first and second-round opponents in straight sets, downing Oregon's Sven Swinnen, 6-3, 6-4, before a 6-4, 7-5 win over Stanford's James Pade. The nation's 26th-ranked singles player, Hanlin will face Cal's John Paul Fruttero in the 8 a.m. quarterfinal.

Washington had two other players competing in the singles main draw, with senior Dillon Ruby and sophomore Christoph Palmanshofer falling in their first-round matches.

In the invitational singles draw, sophomore Peter Scharler defeated Cal's Patrick Briaud, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round, before falling to UCLA's Lassi Ketola in the second, 6-3, 7-5. Sophomore Scott Felsenthal and junior Nick Weiss lost their opening round matches in the invitational draw.

The Pac-10 Championships continue tomorrow with the singles quarterfinals and the first two rounds of doubles play.

2003 Pac-10 Men's Individual Championships
Ojai, Calif. o Thursday, April 24

Pac-10 Singles Main Draw - First Round (32)
Scott Lipsky (Stanford) def. Dillon Ruby (UW), 6-4, 6-1
Matt Hanlin (UW) def. Sven Swinnen (Oregon), 6-3, 6-4
Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Thomas Bieri (Oregon), 6-3, 6-1
Chris Lam (UCLA) def. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW), 6-1, 6-4

Pac-10 Singles Main Draw - Second Round (16)
Matt Hanlin (UW) def. James Pade (Stanford), 6-4, 7-5
Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Sam Warburg (Stanford), 6-4, 6-1

Pac-10 Singles Invitational Draw - First Round (32)
Daniel Andrus (Arizona) def. Scott Felsenthal (UW), 6-3, 6-1
Aaron Yovan (UCLA) def. Nick Weiss (UW), 7-5, 6-2
Peter Scharler (UW) def. Patrick Briaud (Cal), 6-3, 6-3

Pac-10 Singles Invitational Draw - Second Round (32)
Lassi Ketola (UCLA) def, Peter Scharler (UW), 6-3, 7-5

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