Members Of Men's Tennis Squad Debut At All-American Championships
Oct. 4, 2004
October 4, 2004
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Three members of Washington's men's tennis team got their seasons underway this morning at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships. Senior Christoph Palmanshofer and sophomores Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu all found a measure of success in the first round of singles and doubles qualifying at the season opening tournament.
In the singles draw, Palmanshofer got his senior season off on the right foot with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Armando Carrascosa of San Diego State. Palmanshofer is ranked 88th to start the fall and is one of the draw's 16 seeded players. Chu, however, was upended in a close match with Alabama's Luigi D'Agord. Chu took the first set 7-5 but dropped the next two by 7-5, 6-3 scores.
Chu returned to the court with partner Slovic to win their first round qualifying doubles match, 8-4, over Jonas Hogland and Anthony Portois of Texas-San Antonio. Slovic and Chu are seeded fifth in the draw but were playing their first match together.
Both Palmanshofer and the tandem of Slovic and Chu will need to win two additional matches to reach the main singles and doubles draws which begin Oct. 7. Slovic, the nation's 14th-ranked player and last year's ITA Rookie of the Year, is an automatic entrant into the main singles draw.
The ITA All-American Championships are the first of three national championships in collegiate tennis and possess the largest field of competitors. Washington's top player, Alex Vlaski, won the singles title in 2003 but is not defending his title, choosing to play a series of professional tournaments to boost his world ranking. Vlaski will rejoin the team after the fall when team match play begins.
Washington Men's Tennis
Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships
Chattanooga, Tenn. - October 4, 2004
Qualifying Singles First Round
(88) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Armando Carrascosa (SDSU), 6-4, 6-4
Luigi D'Agord (Alabama) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
Qualifying Doubles First Round
Slovic/Chu (UW) def. Hogland/Portois (UTSA), 8-4