Stanford and Cal On Tap for Husky Men's Tennis
March 22, 2005
- THIS WEEK: Conference play gets underway this weekend for the Washington men's tennis team. The Huskies (12-3) will be looking to start the Pac-10 season off on the right foot at home with a pair of matches against the Bay Area schools. First up for the Huskies will be the tenth-ranked Stanford Cardinal, with the match set for Friday, March 25 at 2 p.m. No. 29 California is on tap for Saturday, March 26, with a 2 p.m. start time. Both matches will be held at the Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting.
SCOUTING STANFORD: The tenth-ranked Cardinal are in their first season after the retirement of legendary head coach Dick Gould. Under the current diretion of John Whitlinger, the Cardinal are off to an 8-4 start. Tomorrow, Stanford will face top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Baylor before heading to Seattle. Leading the Cardinal is second-ranked senior Sam Warburg, last year's Pac-10 singles champion who is 21-4 this season. Junior KC Corkery is ranked 33rd, and senior Phil Sheng is No. 91. Corkery and Warburg are the third-ranked doubles team and are the defending NCAA doubles champions. The Cardinal lost four straight in February, three by 4-3 scores, but have since won their past two. Stanford took a pair of matches from UW last season, and defeated the Huskies 4-2 in the NCAA Second Round. The Huskies are 2-29 all-time against Stanford.
SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: The No. 29 Golden Bears are currently 6-7 following a 6-1 loss to top-ranked Baylor on Monday. Junior Conor Niland is the top ranked Golden Bear, at No. 19. Lennart Maack also appears in the rankings at No. 59. Niland and Patrick Briaud are the 11th-ranked doubles team in the nation. In their meeting one year ago, the Huskies scored a 6-1 victory over Cal. Washington trails the all-time series against California, 7-26.
LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies closed out their non-conference schedule in impressive fashion this past weekend with a 6-1 win over No. 73 Pacific. Washington took the doubles point and five of six singles matches to score the win. Alex Vlaski was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at the top singles spot. Chris Floyd played fourth singles for the first time in his career and defeated Pacific's Nicolas Otte, 6-2, 7-5. Peter Scharler shut out Alan Kelly at No. 6 singles by a 6-0, 6-0 score. Daniel Chu and Andy Kuharszky also picked up their ninth dual singles wins of the year for UW. Only Christoph Palmanshofer suffered a loss, and it came by way of a third set super-tiebreak. The Huskies now have wins over seven ranked opponents on the year.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: The men dropped two spots to 19th in the latest ITA Rankings released today. Today's edition features the computer based point-per-match formula that will be used the rest of the season. The latest singles rankings, also released today, find Alex Vlaski at No. 31, Alex Slovic right behind at No. 34, and Christoph Palmanshofer as the No. 75 singles player.
PLAYING LIKE SENIORS: The Huskies continue to be 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 33-7 combined dual record. Scharler has led the way with a 12-2 dual record. Palmanshofer is right behind at 11-3. Palmanshofer leads the team in overall wins with 17. Scharler has always been a force in dual play, ranking sixth on UW's career winning percentage list at .736. Senior Alex Vlaski is 10-2 in his senior campaign, with all ten wins coming in straight sets. Vlaski has already defeated seven ranked opponents on the year and recently became the third Husky ever to amass 100 singles wins, joining former Huskies Chet Crile (1990-93) and Matt Hanlin (2000-03). His 101-27 career mark represents a .789 winning percentage which is the best in UW history. Vlaski needs seven 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: Washington continues it's Pac-10 campaign next weekend with a pair of road showdowns against UCLA and USC. Friday, April 1, the Huskies contend with fifth-ranked UCLA at 1:30 p.m. in Los Angeles. The following day, April 2, UW faces the No. 9 Trojans in a dual slated for a 1:30 p.m. start time.