Slovic Ranked No. 9 in ITA Rankings

Jan. 14, 2005

Seattle - In the latest ITA men's tennis rankings released on Jan. 13, Husky sophomore Alex Slovic climbed to No. 9 while senior Christoph Palmanshofer rose to No. 79. Slovic was ranked No. 14 and Palmanshofer No. 88 in the ITA pre-season rankings.

Slovic, from Pancevo, Yugoslavia, is the third Husky to reach the ITA's top-10. Current senior Alex Vlaski reached No. 2 in 2004, while former Husky Robert Kendrick reached No. 4 in 1999. Vlaski is currently unranked due to skipping the fall season to continue playing professional tournaments in order to raise his world ranking.

Slovic finished 2004 as the highest-ranked freshman in the country at No. 27 and was the only freshman on the All-Pac-10 First Team. He led the Huskies in combined singles and doubles wins with 50 and capped it off by being named the ITA National Rookie of the Year.

The Huskies will host Portland at Nordstrom Tennis Center on Jan. 21 at 4:00 p.m. to kick off their spring season.

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