Huskies Halt Losing Skid With 4-2 Upset of No. 20 Arizona State
March 8, 2004
TEMPE, Arizona - Christoph Palmanshofer reversed his recent struggles with a three-set comeback win at No. 4 singles to clinch a huge 4-2 victory for Washington's 28th-ranked men's tennis team over the 20th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils at the Whiteman Tennis Center. Palmanshofer's 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 victory over ASU's Jonathan Kinsella halted the Huskies' (9-5) three-match losing streak and put an end to his own three-match slide. The win is only Washington's third all-time against the Sun Devils, improving to 3-14, and at No. 20, ASU is the highest-ranked team the Huskies have defeated thus far in 2004.
In the premier singles matchup, third-ranked junior Alex Vlaski prevailed over No. 96 Chris Stewart in straight sets. Vlaski now owns a 13-2 record over opponents ranked in the top 100 this year. Also picking up a big win at second singles was 80th-ranked freshman Alex Slovic who hammered the player ranked right ahead of him, No. 79 Clinton Letcher, 6-1, 6-4. Slovic's team-leading 19th win put the Huskies ahead 3-1. Arizona State drew closer when Andy Colombo defeated freshman Daniel Chu at No. 3 singles, but Palmanshofer's big win secured the upset. Junior Peter Scharler's match at No. 5 singles did not finish once the match's outcome was decided.
After losing four straight doubles points including three in crucial 4-3 losses, Head Coach Matt Anger shuffled the doubles lineup and the shift has resulted in two consecutive doubles point wins. UW's nationally-ranked duo of Vlaski and Slovic was split up to strengthen second and third doubles and the Huskies are 4-0 in doubles matches since the move. Vlaski teamed with freshman Daniel Chu at No. 1 doubles for an 8-5 win and Slovic paired with senior Nick Weiss for an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles to clinch the pivotal point for Washington.
The match was the consolation round of the Arizona State Invitational, after the Huskies fell to fifth-ranked Texas Christian, 4-2, on Sunday.
Washington now has a week off before beginning Pac-10 play on the road in Northern California. Friday, March 26, the Huskies face always-powerful Stanford, currently ranked fourth, then travel to Berkeley to take on No. 29 California on Saturday, March 27.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Arizona State
March 8, 2004 - Whiteman Tennis Center - Arizona State University
No. 28 Washington 4, No. 20 Arizona State 2
1. Vlaski/Chu (UW) def. Colombo/Stewart (ASU) 8-5
2. Slovic/Weiss (UW) def. Kinsella/Letcher (ASU) 8-6
3. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) vs. Davies/MacBride (ASU) DNF
1. (3) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (96) Chris Stewart (ASU) 6-4, 6-2
2. (80) Alex Slovic (UW) vs. (79) Clinton Letcher (ASU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Andy Colombo (ASU) def. Daniel Chu (UW) 7-5, 6-4
4. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) 4-6, 7-6, 6-2
5. Peter Scharler (UW) vs. Ryan McBride (ASU) DNF
6. Jonathan Biro (ASU) def. Scott Felsenthal (UW) 6-2, 6-1