No. 14 Men's Tennis Continues Homestand Against No. 24 Pepperdine

Feb. 8, 2005

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- THIS WEEK: Fresh off their Great Northwest Shootout championship, which propelled them to a season-high No. 14 national ranking, the Huskies (7-0) welcome their third-straight top-25 opponent to the Nordstrom Tennis Center as 24th-ranked Pepperdine pays a visit on Saturday, Feb. 12 for a 5 p.m. dual match.

SCOUTING PEPPERDINE: The Pepperdine Waves are currently 3-1 with a match looming on Wednesday with UC Irvine before they make the trip up to Seattle. Their only loss was a tough 4-3 defeat to 12th-ranked USC. The Waves are the defending West Coast Conference champions, ending 2004 with a 19-9 record. Pepperdine was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Championships by eventual runner-up UCLA last year. Leading the Waves are 13th-ranked junior Pedro Rico and 88th-ranked junior Scott Doerner. Rico and Doerner also make up the 26th-ranked doubles team. The Huskies hold a 2-1 series lead over the Waves. The teams last met in 2003, when Washington earned a 4-1 victory.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies hosted the four-team Great Northwest Shootout, a round-robin tournament featuring UW, Ohio State, Tulane and Minnesota. On day one, Washington took care of 43rd-ranked Minnesota, 4-0, earning the doubles point and getting singles wins from Daniel Chu, Peter Scharler and Mike Ricks. The Huskies pulled out a 4-1 win over 11th-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, in a match that was closer than the final score suggests. Washington trailed in the two remaining singles matches when senior Christoph Palmanshofer clinched the win with a 7-6, 6-2 upset of 40th-ranked David Mullings at No. 2 singles. UW again took the doubles point, highlighted by Palmanshofer and Alex Vlaski's upset of Ohio State's 28th-ranked doubles team of Joey Atas and Chris Klingemann at No. 1 doubles. Vlaski, and Andy Kuharszky earned UW's other two singles wins. Palmanshofer was the hero of Sunday's match as well, breaking a 3-3 tie against 17th-ranked Tulane with his 6-3, 7-6 win at No. 3 singles. Washington had lost the doubles point, but climbed back against the Green Wave with singles wins from Vlaski, Scharler, and ninth-ranked Alex Slovic, who made his dual singles debut at No. 2 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 win over 81st-ranked David Goulet. Slovic had been limited to doubles in the previous two matches due to injury. Slovic and Kuharszky were a perfect 3-0 on the weekend at No. 3 doubles.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington rose four spots in the newest team rankings, to a season-high No. 15. 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 is 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 Washington home matches in 2005 at www.gohuskies.com.

2004 RECAP: The national spotlight shone brightly on Husky men's tennis in 2003-04. With his win in the All-American Championships, the first major of the college tennis season, junior All-American Alex Vlaski grabbed the attention of the tennis world and catapulted himself to an all-time Husky high No. 2 ranking. Shortly thereafter, the Huskies played host to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, featuring the nation's top teams including year-end NCAA champion Baylor and runner-up UCLA. A strong showing at the tournament propelled the Huskies to No. 10 in the rankings. The Huskies ended with a 15-9 record and a fourth-place Pac-10 finish. Washington's NCAA Championship run was ended by Stanford, 4-2, in the second round, but three Huskies would make the trip to the inviddual NCAA Tournament: Vlaski in singles and doubles, freshman Alex Slovic in singles and freshman Daniel Chu in doubles. To cap off the season, Slovic turned heads towards the Northwest once again, being named ITA National Rookie of the Year, and Vlaski became the first ever Husky to earn All-American honors in two seasons.

UP NEXT: Washington's homestand continues with a match against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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