Alex Vlaski Moves On To NCAA Singles Semifinals
May 24, 2003
ATHENS, Ga. - Washington sophomore Alex Vlaski rebounded from a 6-4 loss in the first set to win the next two, 6-3, 7-6, en route to a quarterfinal victory over Auburn's Rameez Junaid, Saturday, securing a spot in the semifinals of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship in Athens, Ga.
Vlaski, the nation's 10th-ranked singles player, will face third-ranked and third-seeded Amer Delic from Illinois on Sunday, for the right to play for the 2003 NCAA singles crown. Vlaski faced Delic at No. 1 singles in the first round of the team competition in Athens, but the match was not finished once Illinois clinched the victory, 4-2. Delic also came back from a first set loss in the quarterfinals, Saturday, to defeat Florida's Hamid Mirzadeh, 6-7, 6-1, 7-6.
The other semifinal match, Sunday, will pit Miami's Todd Widom against the tournament's No. 2 seed, Benedikt Dorsch. The singles semifinals will take place at 10 a.m. PT. The winners will play for the NCAA title on Monday. Live scoring for all matches is accessible at www.georgiadogs.com.
Vlaski is the first Husky to advance to the NCAA singles semifinals since Eric Drew did so in 1999. Drew lost his semifinal match to Jeff Morrison from Florida, 6-2, 6-3. Jim Brink also advanced to the NCAA semifinals in 1948, while two Huskies advanced to the finals in 1955 (Bill Quillian) and 1924 (Wallace Scott). Scott was a National Collegiate Champion in 1924.
NCAA Singles Championship o Quarterfinals
#10 Alex Vlaski (UW) def. #14 Rameez Junaid (Auburn), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6