Huskies Net 6-1 Win Over Ducks
Feb. 27, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. - Washington's 15th-ranked men's tennis team rolled to an emphatic 6-1 victory today over the rival Oregon Ducks at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies (9-2) were crisp in both singles and doubles play, winning five singles matches in straight sets to upend the 48th-ranked Ducks (7-6).
On the singles courts, the day's easiest win came courtesy of senior Peter Scharler at No. 6 singles. Scharler cruised past Oregon's Chad Wilson, 6-2, 6-0, improving to 9-1 this season. UW's next point was won by Daniel Chu at fourth singles, 6-1, 6-3, over Arron Spencer. Moments later, freshman Andy Kuharszky provided the clinching fourth point, downing Vladimir Pino in straight sets at No. 5 singles.
25th-ranked sophomore Alex Slovic recorded an easy 6-3, 6-1 win over Thomas Bieri at third singles to push the lead to 5-0. Senior Christoph Palmanshofer put away Manuel Kost, 6-3, 7-6 (2) for his team leading 16th win. Palmanshofer, who recently earned a career high No. 37 singles ranking, is undefeated in dual play at 10-0.
The day's final match pitted two All-Americans against each other at No. 1 singles. Senior Alex Vlaski trailed 1-4 in the first set against 20th-ranked Sven Swinnen before rallying to take five straight games and win the first set 6-4. In the second set, Swinnen served at 5-3, but Vlaski broke to get back on serve. Swinnen, however, broke Vlaski in the next game to send the match into a third set. Swinnen broke Vlaski in the eighth game of the final set and then held serve to win the third set 6-3 and give Oregon their only point. It was the first loss of the year for Vlaski.
Doubles play went the way of Washington as they captured the doubles point, reversing recent struggles as they had dropped three of their previous four. Chu and Vlaski came through at No. 1 doubles, posting an 8-4 victory over Wilson and Spencer. Kuharszky and Slovic clinched the doubles point at No. 2 doubles with their 8-5 win, and remain a perfect 7-0 as a duo. Seconds later, the Ducks prevailed at third doubles where Swinnen and Chris Liao defeated Palmanshofer and Mike Ricks, 9-7.
Today's match does not count towards Pac-10 standings. That match will take place in April in Eugene.
Up next, the Huskies take to the road for the first time this season. Sunday, March 6 the Dawgs will play at San Diego State in a match scheduled for 1:30. Monday, March 7, Washington will face off with San Diego, also slated for 1:30.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Oregon
2/27/05 - Nordstrom Tennis Center - Seattle, Wash.
No. 15 Washington 6, No. 48 Oregon 1
1) Chu/Vlaski (UW) def. Wilson/Spencer (UO), 8-4
2) Kuharszky/Slovic (UW) def. Bieri/Pino (UO), 8-5
3) Swinnen/Liao (UO) def. Palmanshofer/Ricks (UW), 9-7
Order: 1, 2, 3
1) (20) Sven Swinnen (UO) def. (32) Alex Vlaski (UW), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
2) (37) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Manuel Kost (UO), 6-3, 7-6 (2)
3) (25) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Thomas Bieri (UO), 6-3, 6-1
4) Daniel Chu (UW) def. Arron Spencer (UO), 6-1, 6-3
5) Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Vladimir Pino (UO), 6-3, 6-2
6) Peter Scharler (UW) def. Chad Wilson (UO), 6-2, 6-0
Order: 6, 4, 5, 3, 2, 1