No. 13 Men's Tennis Beats USC For Second Time Ever
April 2, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Senior All-American Alex Vlaski put the capper on one of the biggest wins in recent years for the Washington men's tennis team, as they knocked off the 12th-ranked USC Trojans in a gruelling match at Marks Tennis Stadium today. The win is only the second in program history over USC, and improves the 13th-ranked Huskies to 3-1 in Pac-10 play and 15-4 overall.
Five of the six singles matches went the full three sets, including Vlaski's clinching victory at No. 1 singles over No. 28 Jamil Al-Agba. With the match tied at 3-3, Vlaski pulled away in his third set, securing the Husky win with a come-from-behind 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 win.
Early on, the Huskies jumped out in front with wins at the top two doubles positions to capture the doubles point. Sophomores Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic continue to shine as a tandem, defeating the 36th-ranked team of Al-Agba and Johan Berg, 8-4, at the top doubles spot. Chu and Slovic have now defeated the No. 3, No. 11, and No. 36 doubles teams over the past two weekends despite having played only five dual matches together. Vlaski and fellow senior Christoph Palmanshofer improved to 4-0 at No. 2 doubles with their 8-6 win over Drew Hoskins and Adam Loucks that clinched the doubles point.
Washington carried their momentum into singles play, where they won five of the six first sets and looked to run away with the win. But the Trojans would fight back, forcing third sets in four of the five matches. Only Slovic, ranked 34th in singles, put away his opponent in straight sets, downing Berg 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3 singles and giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead. USC began their comeback at No. 4 singles, where Kaef Van't Hof rallied to defeat Chu, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. USC's Loucks then levelled the match at 2-2, dropping the first set to senior Peter Scharler, 7-5, before turning the secnod set 7-5 in his favor, then running away with the third, 6-0 at fifth singles.
Freshman Andy Kuharszky gave UW a major lift at the No. 6 singles spot with a three set win of his own. Kuharszky took the first set in a tiebreak against Whit Livingston. The two found themselves in another tiebreak in the second set, with Livingston coming out on top this time. Despite losing the momentum in a crucial conference match on the road, Kuharszky gathered himself and netted the third set by a routine 6-3 score.
75th-ranked Palmanshofer had a chance to clinch the win just slip away in his match at No. 2 singles against 62nd-ranked Hoskins. The two split the first two sets and the third set went all the way to a tiebreak, where Hoskins kept the Trojan hopes alive with a 10-8 tiebreak win. That evened the match once again and set the stage for Vlaski's deciding win.
The Huskies now have a firm grasp on second place in the conference, behind 4-0 UCLA. The men return to action next weekend with two more key Pac-10 duals. Friday, April 8, the Huskies will host the Arizona Wildcats at 2 p.m., then battle the Sun Devils of Arizona State on Sunday, April 10, at 12 noon. Both matches will be held at Bill Quillian Stadium.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. USC
4/2/05 - Marks Tennis Stadium - Los Angeles, Calif.
No. 13 Washington 4, No. 12 USC 3
1) Chu/Slovic (UW) def. (36) Al-Agba/Berg (USC), 8-4
2) Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW) def. Hoskins/Loucks (USC), 8-6
3) Cooper/Van't Hof (USC) def. Kuharszky/Ricks (UW), 8-2
1) (31) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (28) Jamil Al-Agba (USC), 6-7, 6-3, 6-2
2) (62) Drew Hoskins (USC) def. (75) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (8)
3) (34) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Johan Berg (USC), 6-2, 7-5
4) Kaef Van't Hof (USC) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
5) Adam Loucks (USC) def. Peter Scharler (UW), 5-7, 7-5, 6-0
6) Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Whit Livingston (USC), 7-6, 6-7, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 5, 6, 2, 1