14th-Ranked Huskies Host Idaho On Friday

March 8, 2005

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- THIS WEEK: The 14th-ranked Washington men's tennis team hosts the final non-conference match of its home schedule this weekend, as the Idaho Vandals pay a visit on Friday, March 11, for a 5 p.m. match. The match will be held at Bill Quillian Stadium. The Huskies (10-3) are 4-0 against unranked opponents on the year.

SCOUTING IDAHO: The Idaho Vandals are 1-4 on the season and have not played a match since Feb. 22. No Vandals appear in the individual ITA Rankings. Idaho posted a 12-9 mark in 2004 and finished fifth in the Big West Conference championships. Sophomore Michael Suttner anchors the Idaho singles line-up at the No. 1 spot. The Huskies have dominated their northwest foe historically, leading the all-time series 52-1.

LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies had a pair of difficult matches last weekend in their first trip away from the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Sunday, March 6, the Dawgs had to fight back from a 3-2 deficit to pull out a 4-3 win over the San Diego State Aztecs. Singles play featured seven sets that went to tiebreaks. Daniel Chu pulled out his No. 4 singles match in a third set tiebreak, 7-5, evening the dual at 3-3. Alex Slovic then pulled away in his No. 2 singles match, 6-0 in the third set to clinch the win. UW won second and third doubles to take the doubles point that proved to be decisive. Peter Scharler earned the first singles win at No. 6 singles in straight sets. Alex Vlaski and Christoph Palmanshofer both suffered rare singles losses, with both losing in two tiebreakers. The next day, March 7, Washington was outdone by the 53rd-ranked San Diego Toreros. The Toreros swept doubles play and took four of the six singles matches for a 5-2 win. Alex Vlaski was one of the only bright spots, as he routed eighth-ranked Pierrick Ysern, 6-1, 6-0, for his 100th career singles win. Andy Kuharszky also came through at No. 6 singles, with a 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 comeback win.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Despite the weekend split, the Huskies actually made a jump in the March 8 ITA Rankings from 21st to 14th. In the newest ITA singles rankings, Alex Vlaski continues to rise to a new season high No. 26. Vlaski does not have the benefit of fall results to pad his ranking, as he took the fall off to play professionally in order to raise his world rankings. Alex Slovic comes in close behind Vlaski at No. 28, while Christoph Palmanshofer checks in at No. 62.

PLAYING LIKE SENIORS: The Huskies have been led in dual play by the likeliest of sources, their three seniors Alex Vlaski, Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler. The trio have posted wins in match after match in their final go-round with the Dawgs. So far the three have put together a phenomenal 29-6 combined dual record. Palmanshofer and Scharler are tied for the team lead with twin 10-2 dual records. Palmanshofer leads the team in overall wins with 16. Scharler has always been a force in dual play, ranking seventh on UW's career winning percentage list at .730. Senior Alex Vlaski is 9-2 in his senior campaign, with all nine wins coming in straight sets. Vlaski has already defeated seven ranked opponents on the year and, with Monday's win over Ysern, became the third Husky ever to amass 100 singles wins, joining former Huskies Chet Crile (1990-93) and Matt Hanlin (2000-03). His 100-27 career mark represents a .787 winning percentage which is the best in UW history. Vlaski needs eight more wins to tie the career singles wins record currently shared by Hanlin and Crile at 108.

LIVE SCORING: Live scoring updates will be made available for Washington home matches in 2005 at www.gohuskies.com.

UP NEXT: Sunday, March 20, the Huskies conclude their non-conference schedule with a visit to the University of the Pacific Tigers. The match takes place in Aptos, Calif. at 2 p.m.

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