18th-Ranked Men's Tennis Topples No. 11 Ohio State, 4-1

Feb. 5, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior Christoph Palmanshofer stepped it up when the Huskies needed him most, leading UW's 18th-ranked men's tennis team to a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Ohio State in day two of the Great Northwest Shootout at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Leading 3-1 but trailing in the other two remaining matches, the Huskies (6-0) needed Palmanshofer to take control of his No. 2 singles match, and the senior answered the call with a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win to clinch Washington's biggest win of the season.

Washington jumped on top of the Buckeyes with a pair of doubles wins to take the crucial doubles point. Seniors Alex Vlaski and Palmanshofer upset the 28th-ranked OSU duo of Joey Atas and Chris Klingemann, 8-4 at No. 1 doubles. Sophomore Alex Slovic and freshman Andy Kuharszky wrapped up the point with an 8-4 decision at No. 3 doubles, suspending the match at second doubles. In the 'shootout' format, play is suspended in remaining doubles or singles matches once a team has clinched the point or the match.

With a crowd of over 300 filling the facility thanks in part to spectators leaving the men's basketball game, the environment was raucous inside the Nordstrom. Ohio State evened the match at 1-1 when Ross Wilson won his No. 6 singles match over UW's Chris Floyd in straight sets. But the Huskies regained the lead behind Vlaski, who improved to 6-0 in dual play with his 6-3, 6-2 win over 124th-ranked Chris Klingemann at No. 1 singles. In the No. 4 singles spot, Kuharszky reached double match point at 6-3, 5-4, when the Buckeyes' Scott Green took an injury timeout. Despite the interruption, Kuharszky would proceed to serve out the match to give Washington a 3-1 edge.

Palmanshofer appeared to be the Huskies' best hope for the fourth point, as he took a hard-fought first set, seven points to two in a tiebreak, and picked up an early break in the second set against 40th-ranked David Mullings. Palmanshofer, ranked 79th, grabbed a second service break to take the lead 5-2, and proceeded to serve out the match with a big service winner. Sophomore Daniel Chu was trailing in his third set at No. 3 singles, while senior Peter was down a set but up 5-4 in the second at fifth singles when the match was completed.

In the day's earlier match, 43rd-ranked Minnesota scored a major upset, surprising No. 17 Tulane, 4-3. The match came down to a third-set tiebreak with Minnesota's Nic Edlefsen defeating Dmitriy Koch seven points to five at No. 2 singles. It was the second straight match for Tulane that hinged on a single third-set tiebreak, as they defeated Ohio State by a 4-3 count on Friday.

The winner of the Great Northwest Shootout will be determined based on win-loss percentage. In the eventuality of a tie, head-to-head results will be the deciding factor. The Huskies lead the round robin standings with a 2-0 record, followed by Minnesota and Tulane each at 1-1, and Ohio State who falls to 0-2.

The Huskies will play Tulane tomorrow, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. for the championship.

Washington Men's Tennis vs. Ohio State - Great Northwest Shootout
2/5/05 - Seattle, Wash. - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 18 Washington 4, No. 11 Ohio State 1

1) Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW) def. (28) Atas/Klingemann (OSU), 8-4
2) Chu/Scharler (UW) vs. (24) Wilson/Eberly (OSU), DNF
3) Kuharszky/Slovic (UW) def. Green/Mertens (OSU), 8-4

1) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (124) Chris Klingemann (OSU), 6-3, 6-2
2) (79) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. (40) David Mullings (OSU), 7-6 (2), 6-2
3) Daniel Chu (UW) vs. (67) Joey Atas (OSU), DNF
4) Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Scott Green (OSU), 6-3, 6-4
5) Peter Scharler (UW) vs. Dennis Mertens (OSU), DNF
6) Ross Wilson (OSU) def. Chris Floyd (UW), 6-4, 6-2

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