Men's Tennis Upset By No. 24 Pepperdine, 4-3

Feb. 12, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's 14th-ranked men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season today, 4-3, at the hands of No. 24 Pepperdine at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies (7-1) lost the doubles point and could only manage three wins in singles play as the Waves (5-1) took the final two singles matches to nab the upset.

After dropping the doubles point, sophomore Daniel Chu got the Huskies on track in singles, earning a solid 6-2, 6-3 win at fourth singles to tie the match at 1-1. Senior All-American Alex Vlaski battled through a close first set, then rolled in the second set over the 13th-ranked player in the country, Pedro Rico. Vlaski's 6-4, 6-1 win at first singles edged Washington out in front at two points to one. Vlaski improves to 7-0 in dual play with five wins over ranked opponents.

The Waves picked up their first singles win at No. 5, where Ivor Lovrak downed freshman Andy Kuharszky, 6-4, 6-4. Moments later, 79th-ranked senior Christoph Palmanshofer captured his match at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-2 over Pepperdine's Jonas Berg. Palmanshofer is leading the team with 13 singles wins and a 7-0 dual record.

With Washington holding a 3-2 edge but down a set in the two remaining matches, the over 200 fans packed around the second and sixth singles matches which were adjacent. Ninth-ranked sophomore Alex Slovic was unable to force a third set at second singles, falling 7-5, 6-3 to No. 88 Scott Doerner. But senior Peter Scharler rebounded from a 7-5 loss in his first set with Alexis Rafidison to take the second set 6-4, meaning the dual outcome rested on their third set. Rafidison took his game to another level in the third set, serving and volleying with precision and taking the boisterous crowd mostly out of the match. Rafidison clinched the upset win with a 6-1 win in the final set.

Doubles play went the way of the Waves as Pepperdine took the first and third positions to clinch the point. At No. 3, Chu and Scharler were tied with the Wave's Borzenski and Johnson at six games apiece, but the Pepperdine duo held serve and earned a break to win the first doubles match. Washington evened things up when Slovic and Kuharskzy garnered an 8-5 win at the No. 2 spot. The Waves clinched the point, however, as the 26th-ranked team of Rico and Doerner held on for an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles over Vlaski and Palmanshofer.

The men play again next Friday, Feb. 18 as they host the Gonzaga Bulldogs at 5 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Washington Men's Tennis vs. Pepperdine
2/12/05 - Seattle, Wash. - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 24 Pepperdine 4, No. 14 Washington 3

1) (26) Rico/Doerner (Pepp) def. Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW), 8-5
2) Kuharszky/Slovic (UW) def. Lovrak/Berg (Pepp), 8-5
3) Borzenski/Johnson (Pepp) def. Chu/Scharler (UW), 8-6
Doubles Order: 3, 2, 1

1) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (13) Pedro Rico (Pepp), 6-4, 6-1
2) (88) Scott Doerner (Pepp) def. (9) Alex Slovic (UW), 7-5, 6-3
3) (79) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Jonas Berg (Pepp), 6-4, 6-2
4) Daniel Chu (UW) def. Richard Johnson (Pepp), 6-2, 6-3
5) Ivor Lovrak (Pepp) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 6-4, 6-4
6) Alexis Rafidison (Pepp) def. Peter Scharler (UW), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Singles Order: 4, 1, 5, 3, 2, 6

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