Alex Vlaski Advances To The Round of 16 At NCAA Singles Championship
May 22, 2003
ATHENS, Ga. - Washington sophomore Alex Vlaski advanced to the Round of 16, while senior Matt Hanlin's illustrious Husky tennis career came to a close in the second day of competition at the 2003 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, Thursday, in Athens, Ga.
In second round action, 10th-ranked Vlaski defeated UCLA's 24th-ranked Marcin Matkowski in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, to move on to the Round of 16. The victory avenged the loss Vlaski suffered to Matkowski in the Pac-10 singles final earlier this season. Vlaski will have his hands full with the tournament's top-seeded player, Bobby Reynolds from Vanderbilt, in the third round on Friday. Vlaski did defeat Reynolds (6-2, 6-3) at the All-American Championships in October.
'Reynolds is a feisty player and is someone I think Alex can do well against,' UW head coach Matt Anger said. 'But I think it will be a difficult match for both players.'
Hanlin's Husky tennis career ended in the NCAA second round today, falling to fourth-ranked Bo Hodge from Georgia in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4. The 28th-ranked senior finished his tenure at Washington as the program's all-time leader in combined singles and doubles wins with an overall record of 179-82. Hanlin also leaves UW tied for the career lead in singles wins with 108 (Chet Crile also had 108 wins from 1990-93). Hanlin was a singles All-American in 2001.
'I'm disappointed for Matt today that he didn't play better and I'm disappointed for the program that his career is now over,' Anger said. 'He's been a fantastic contributor to the Husky tennis the last four years. To end his career as the all-time winningest Husky is a huge accomplishment for him. That is something you can't replace and we will miss him immediately.'