Husky Men's Tennis Cannot Topple No. 5 Texas Christian
March 7, 2004
TEMPE, Arizona - Third-ranked Alex Vlaski rolled to a straight-set win over another top-25 opponent and the Huskies captured the doubles point for the first time in five matches, but their efforts were not enough to overcome the depth of No. 5 Texas Christian who took third through sixth singles for a 4-2 win over the 28th-ranked Washington men's tennis team. The Huskies (8-5) drop to 0-3 against top-ten teams with two 4-3 losses to then-No. 7 Mississippi and No. 8 Rice. The match was the first round of the Arizona State Invitational held at the Whiteman Tennis Center on the ASU campus.
Husky head coach Matt Anger shifted the doubles lineup after consecutive 4-3 losses last weekend where the difference was a doubles point loss. UW's 45th-ranked duo of Vlaski and Alex Slovic was split up for the first time all season and the move paid big dividends, as both picked up wins with their new partners. The freshman Slovic teamed with senior Nick Weiss to pick up an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles to put UW up 1-0 in doubles play. Then, Vlaski and Chu, in their first match together, upset the nation's 10th-ranked doubles team of Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles to clinch the point for the Huskies.
Junior All-American Vlaski improved his record against ranked opponents to 12-2 with his 6-3, 6-2 win over TCU's 22nd-ranked Alex Menichini at No. 1 singles. The win is Vlaski's sixth over a top-25 foe and pulled the Huskies back even in the match at 2-2.
TCU sewed up the win with four straight-set victories at third through sixth singles. Freshman Daniel Chu fell 6-1, 6-2 at third singles. Junior Christoph Palmanshofer took Jacopo Tezza to a first-set tiebreak but lost 7-6 (5), 6-3 at No. 4 singles in the clinching match for TCU. At fifth singles, junior Peter Scharler had his seven-match winning streak snapped with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Abreu and freshman Chris Floyd also fell short in straight sets at sixth singles. Washington's 80th-ranked freshman Alex Slovic did not complete his No. 2 singles contest as the match was called once the outcome was decided.
The Huskies play in the consolation match of the ASU Invitational on Monday, March 8 at either 9 am or 1:30 p.m. depending on the outcome of today's Arizona State-Pepperdine dual.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Texas Christian
March 7, 2004 - Whiteman Tennis Center - Arizona State University
No. 28 Washington 2, No. 5 TCU 4
1. Vlaski/Chu (UW) def. (10) Abreu/Sestini (TCU) 8-5
2. Slovic/Weiss (UW) def. Almada/Tezza (TCU) 8-6
3. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) vs. Martin/Menichini (TCU) DNF
1. (3) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (22) Alex Menichini (TCU) 6-3, 6-2
2. (80) Alex Slovic (UW) vs. Hector Alamada (TCU) DNF
3. Fabrizo Sestin (TCU) def. Daniel Chu (UW) 6-1, 6-2
4. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) def. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) 7-6 (5), 6-3
5. Rafael Abreu (TCU) def. Pete Scharler (UW) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jacob Martin (TCU) def. Chris Floyd (UW) 6-4, 6-2