Huskies Stumble Against Red Raiders

Feb. 25, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - An underrated Texas Tech team handed the No. 15 Husky men's tennis team a tough 4-3 loss tonight at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The 56th-ranked Red Raiders (8-0) had not faced a ranked opponent this season but showed no signs of intimidation, pulling out the doubles point and three singles matches against the Dawgs. The Huskies (8-2) got their three points in singles from their three seniors but it was not enough.

With the match tied at 3-3, everything came down to No. 4 singles, where sophomore Daniel Chu was locked in a tight third-set with Texas Tech's Esat Tanik. Tanik had taken the first set, 6-4, before Chu leveled the match by grinding out a 7-6 second set win, taking the tiebreak nine points to seven. The two were tied at 4-4 in the third, when Tanik held serve to go up 5-4. Tanik would close things out quickly in the next game, breaking Chu at love to send the Red Raiders to the upset win.

Trailing 1-0 after doubles, senior Alex Vlaski got the Huskies on track in singles play, taking down Radek Nijaki, 6-4, 6-2. Vlaski is now 8-0 this season and has not dropped a set. At second singles, the 25th and 26th-ranked singles players faced off, with Tech's No. 26 Bojan Szumanski pulling out a 6-4, 6-4 win over 25th-ranked sophomore Alex Slovic.

At fifth singles, senior Peter Scharler breezed through the first set, 6-1, before his opponent, Innerebner, fought back for a 6-3 second set win. The Raider took a 3-1 lead in the deciding set, but Scharler dug into his reserves to gut out five of the next six games to win, 6-4, and level the match at two points each. 37th-ranked Christoph Palmanshofer made Washington's seniors 3-3 on the day, taking the first and third sets against Jakub Paulsen by impressive 6-1 scores, with a second set tiebreak loss sandwiched in-between. With the Huskies one win away, Tech's Adrian Prpic kept their hopes alive, fighting off Kuharszky in a third-set tiebreak, seven points to three, setting the stage for Chu's match with Tanik.

Many students camping out for Saturday's Husky men's basketball game packed into the Nordstrom to get out of the cold evening air. They were treated to thrilling doubles play which Texas Tech eked out, two wins to one. Texas Tech's No. 3 doubles duo rolled to an 8-2 win but the remaining matches would last nearly another hour. At No. 2 doubles, UW's Slovic and Kuharszky trailed Texas Tech's Szumanski and Innerebner, 6-3, before running off three straight games to even things. Each pair held serve before the Huskies broke in the 15th game to take an 8-7 lead, and Kuharszky served out the match, saving two break points along the way. Slovic and Kuharszky are now 6-0 on the year.

The No. 1 doubles match was tight throughout, with UW's Vlaski and Chu holding a service break late in the set. Vlaski served for the match at 7-6, but the Red Raider duo of Nijaki and Tanik broke back to knot the score. The match went to a tiebreak, where a Vlaski ace gave UW match point at 6-5, but Texas Tech held their two serves for an 8-7 advantage. The Huskies saved two match points, but finally lost, 10-8, on a ball which just caught the sideline.

The Huskies will rest tomorrow and return to action Sunday, Feb. 27 for a 2 p.m. match against the rival Oregon Ducks at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The match will not count towards Pac-10 standings.

Washington Men's Tennis vs. Texas Tech
2/25/05 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 56 Texas Tech 4, No. 15 Washington 3

Doubles
1) Nijaki/Tanik (TT) def. Chu/Vlaski (UW), 9-8 (8)
2) Kuharszky/Slovic (UW) def. Szumanski/Innerebner (TT), 9-7
3) Prpic/Paulsen (TT) def. Palmanshofer/Ricks (UW), 8-2
Order: 3, 2, 1

Singles
1) (32) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Radek Nijaki (TT), 6-4, 6-2
2) (26) Bojan Szumanski (TT) def. (25) Alex Slovic (UW), 6-4, 6-4
3) (37) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Jakub Paulsen (TT), 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-1
4) Esat Tanik (TT) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4
5) Peter Scharler (UW) def. Michael Innerebner (TT), 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
6) Adrian Prpic (TT) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3)
Order: 1, 2, 5, 3, 6, 4

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