No. 18 Huskies Host Great Northwest Shootout

Feb. 1, 2005

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- THIS WEEK: On the slate this weekend for the 18th-ranked Husky men's tennis team (4-0) is the Great Northwest Shootout, Washington's premier indoor event of the 2005 season and the toughest part of their non-conference schedule. Heading to Seattle for the round robin tournament are 11th-ranked Ohio State (2-0), No. 17 Tulane (4-0), and No. 43 Minnesota (0-1). Play begins Friday, Feb. 4, with two matches Friday and Saturday and one on Sunday. The Huskies will play one match each day and face each team one time. All action takes place at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

THE FORMAT: The Shootout will be structured as round robin play, with each team playing each other once. The one exception is there will be no match between Minnesota and Ohio State. On Friday, Tulane and Ohio State face off at noon, with the Huskies taking on Minnesota at 4 p.m. Saturday, Tulane and Minnesota start the day at noon, and at 4 p.m. Washington faces Ohio State. Only one match is scheduled for Monday, as the Huskies battle Tulane at 1:30 p.m. The winner will be decided based on win-loss percentage. In the eventuality of a tie, head-to-head results will decide. Furthermore, if the tie is between Ohio State and Minnesota, who will not meet, match scores will be the determining factor.

SCOUTING OHIO STATE: Ohio State is the top-ranked team among the four at No. 11. The Buckeyes are hoping to replicate their strong 2004 season in which they finished 26-5 and reached the NCAA quarterfinals. The Buckeyes won their first two duals last weekend against Butler and Xavier. Buckeyes in the singles rankings include a trio of sophomores, No. 40 Devin Mullings, Joey Atas (67), and Chris Klingemann (124). Doubles is a strong suit for the Buckeyes, as juniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson comprise the No. 1 doubles team in the country, Wilson and freshman Drew Eberly rank 24th, and Atas and Klingemann are 28th. The Huskies won the only previous match between the schools.

SCOUTING TULANE: The Green Wave of Tulane are one spot ahead of the Huskies in the latest rankings at 17th. Tulane closed out 2004 with a 19-5 record, losng in the regional final of the NCAA tournament to Harvard. The Green Wave are 4-0 after a pair of victories Sunday against Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern. Senior Dmitriy Koch is the top-ranked singles player at No. 59 and sophomore David Goulet checks in at no. 81. Junior Jacobo Hernandez and sophomore Ted Angelinos are the top Tulane doubles tandem, ranking 54th. Washington is 2-0 all-time against Tulane.

SCOUTING MINNESOTA: The 43rd-ranked Golden Gophers are 0-1 following a season-opening loss to tenth-ranked Virginia. Last season, Minnesota compiled a 14-10 record and finished third in the Big Ten standings with an 8-2 conference mark. Senior Avery Ticer leads the Gophers with an ITA Ranking of 105. In five previous meetings, the Huskies hold a 3-2 edge against the Gophers.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies swept a pair of matches over the weekend against No. 65 New Mexico and No. 55 Michigan State. In the dual against New Mexico, the Huskies fell behind 1-0 after losing the doubles point. No. 1 doubles was the deciding match, with Alex Vlaski and Chritoph Palmanshofer narrowly losing to the third-ranked doubles team in the nation of Ryan Stotland and David Kowalski, 9-8 (5). But the UW came back to take five of six singles matches for the win. In their outing against Michigan State, the Huskies fought through a number of close first sets in singles before pulling away from the Spartans for a 6-1 victory. Vlaski, Palmanshofer, Peter Scharler and Chris Floyd all went 2-0 in singles over the weekend.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington rose three spots in the newest team rankings, entering the top-20 at No. 18. In the past ITA Individual rankings sophomore star Alex Slovic cracked the top-ten for the first time in his career, earning a No. 9 ranking. Slovic becomes just the third Husky ever to reak into the top-ten, joining senior teammate Alex Vlaski and former Husky Robert Kendrick, who rose to third in 1999. Vlaski was the second-ranked player in the country last season, however does not appear in the 2005 rankings because he took the fall season off to compete in professional tournaments. Christoph Palmanshofer is No. 79 entering his senior season.

LIVE SCORING: Live scoring updates will be made available for most Washington home matches in 2005 at www.gohuskies.com.

UP NEXT: The Huskies stay at home to face 27th-ranked Pepperdine at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 12, at 5 p.m.

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