No. 12 Men's Tennis Cruises To 4-0 NCAA First Round Win Over American

May 10, 2003

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Twelfth-ranked and 16th-seeded Washington men's tennis (17-5 overall) cruised to a 4-0 victory in its NCAA Championship first-round match with American (15-4), Saturday morning at the SDSU Courts in San Diego, Calif. The Huskies will face San Diego State in the regional final, Sunday, at noon, for the right to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season.

Washington made quick work of the Eagles, winning the first two doubles matches and three singles matches en route to the victory. The Husky sophomore tandem of Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler defeated Ruben Rivero and Juan Jaysingh on the No. 3 court, 8-1, before the 37th-ranked pair of senior Ari Strasberg and sophomore Alex Vlaski defeated Tushar Greg and Andreas Kulcsar 8-3 to clinch the doubles point.

Vlaski, senior Matt Hanlin and Palmanshofer picked up the singles victories for the Huskies, each defeating their opponents in straight sets. Vlaski, the nation's 10th-ranked player, defeated Garg, 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 1 position, while Hanlin, ranked 28th, took care of Guiluame Tarralle, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2. Palmanshofer, playing in the No., 4 spot, defeated Juancarlo Vazquez, 6-0, 6-3.

With the victory, Washington has won three straight NCAA first round matches and five in the last six seasons. The Huskies also improve to 8-8 all-time in postseason dual matches.

The 2003 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship 16-team finals will be held, May 17-20, at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.

NCAA Men's Tennis Championships o First Round
May 10, 2003 o SDSU Courts o San Diego, Calif.
#12 Washington 4, American 0

Singles:
1. #10 Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Tushar Garg (AU), 7-5, 6-1
2. #28 Matt Hanlin (UW) def. Guilluame Tarralle (AU), 6-2, 6-1
3 . Fred Sundsten (UW) vs. Kyle Bailey (AU), dnf
4 . Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Juancarlo Vazquez (AU), 6-0, 6-3
5. Dillon Ruby (UW) vs. Juan Jaysingh (AU), dnf
6 . Peter Scharler (UW) vs. Jonah Fleigelman (AU), dnf

Doubles:
1. #37 Ari Strasberg/Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Tushar Greg/Andreas Kulcsar (AU), 8-3
2. Matt Hanlin/Dillon Ruby (UW) vs. Kyle Bailey/Jonah Fliegelman (AU), dnf
3. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Ruben Rivero/Juan Jaysingh (AU), 8-1

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