No. 12 Men's Tennis Ties For Pac-10 Lead With 6-1 Win Over Arizona State
April 10, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. - It was the senior's day to shine for the Washington men's tennis team, and they did just that, leading the 12th-ranked Huskies to a 6-1 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils today. Seniors Christoph Palmanshofer, Peter Scharler, and Alex Vlaski were undefeated in singles and doubles in their final regular season home appearance. The Huskies (17-4, 5-1 Pac-10) remain tied for the conference lead with UCLA with one match left to play.
The Huskies came out firing in doubles play, taking the top two matches by 8-4 scores to win their third straight doubles point and take a 1-0 lead. The 27th-ranked tandem of sophomores Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic clinched the win at No. 1 singles, defeating Mike Beatty and Andy Colombo. Chu and Slovic have won five of their last six, all in Pac-10 play. Seniors Vlaski and Palmanshofer earned the first win for the Huskies at No. 2 singles, improving to 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. ASU salvaged a win at No. 3 doubles, with Nick Hegarty and Ryan McBride pulling out a win 9-8 (7-5) win over freshman Andy Kuharszky and sophomore Mike Ricks.
19th-ranked Vlaski notched career win 104 with a speedy 6-0, 6-2 win over Andy Colombo at first singles that gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead. Vlaski needs four more wins to tie the career singles wins record of 108. Fellow senior Scharler put another point on the board for UW, beating Hegarty, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 singles. McBride brought the Sun Devils back at No. 5 singles, knocking off Kuharszky, 6-4, 6-4, and it looked as if the second, third and fourth singles matches could all be headed to third sets. However, at No. 3 singles Palmanshofer fought back from 2-5 down in the second set versus Jonathan Kinsella to force a tiebreak after the Husky senior had taken the first set, 66-1. In the tiebreak, Palmanshofer saved four set points and finally prevailed 12-10, clinching the UW win.
The Huskies would then pad their lead thanks to Slovic and Chu pulling out third set wins. 29th-ranked Slovic held off No. 122 Clint Letcher, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 for his fifth straight win. Chu rebounded from a 5-7 first set loss to Christopher Biro at fourth singles to take the second set 6-2. The Huskies had clinched by the time they reached the third set, so a super-tiebreak was played, with Chu winning 10-6.
Husky Head Coach Matt Anger was pleased with his team's effort this weekend in the two wins over Arizona and Arizona State.
'It was a very good match,' said Anger. 'All the Pac-10 matches are very close, so we're thrilled to come through. For the three seniors to all win in straight sets is pretty impressive to me and I know they feel great about it. Getting a sweep of a weekend in the conference is tough and to get it this weekend is very special and we're excited to be where we are right now in the Pac-10 standings.'
The Huskies will wrap up their regular season in Eugene next weekend with a match against the Oregon Ducks. With a win, Washington would assure itself of at least a share of the Pac-10 title. The Huskies beat the Ducks 6-1 earlier this season in a non-conference dual. The match is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Arizona State
4/10/05 - Bill Quillian Stadium - Seattle, Wash.
No. 12 Washington 6, No. 53 Arizona State 1
1) (27) Chu/Slovic (UW) def. Beatty/Colombo (ASU), 8-4
2) Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW) def. Kinsella/Letcher (ASU), 8-4
3) Hegarty/McBride (ASU) def. Kuharszky/Ricks (UW), 9-8 (5)
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
Singles 1) (19) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Andy Colombo (ASU), 6-0, 6-2
2) (29) Alex Slovic (UW) def. (122) Clint Letcher (ASU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
3) (57) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Jonathan Kinsella (ASU), 6-1, 7-6 (10)
4) Daniel Chu (UW) def. Christopher Biro (ASU), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (6)
5) Ryan McBride (ASU) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 6-4, 6-4
6) Peter Scharler (UW) def. Nick Hegarty (ASU), 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 5, 3, 4, 2