Vlaski Ties Wins Record, Reaches Pac-10 Semis
April 22, 2005
OJAI, Calif. - The Washington men's tennis program has another name at the top of its career singles wins list, as senior Alex Vlaski tied the mark held by former Huskies Matt Hanlin and Chet Crile with his 108th career win today at the Pac-10 Championships. The victory propels Vlaski back into the Pac-10 semifinals for the fourth straight year, as he tries to finally win the tournament he has come so close to capturing the past three seasons.
Vlaski, a native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, was a finalist as a freshman and sophomore and a semifinalist last year as a junior. The two-time All-American has seemingly raised his game in the tournament once again. In his quarterfinal match today, Vlaski handled Stanford's James Wan, 6-4, 6-2. He has yet to drop a set in three matches and improves his career record at the prestigious tournament to 14-3. In Saturday's semifinal, the tenth-ranked Vlaski will try to set the all-time Husky wins record against ninth-ranked Conor Niland of Cal. Vlaski defeated Niland in the two team's dual match earlier this season, but Niland held five match points before Vlaski battled back.
Washington came close to pulling off another signature win today, as defending Pac-10 champ Sam Warburg of Stanford barely clipped Husky sophomore Alex Slovic in their quarterfinal encounter. Warburg, the nation's second-ranked player, had all he could handle from the 37th-ranked Slovic. Slovic pulled out the first set, 7-5, before Warburg countered with an easy 6-1 win in the second. The third set went all the way to a tiebreak, where Slovic fell just shy, seven points to five.
Senior Peter Scharler also lost in a tough third set in his quarterfinal match in the Invitational singles draw. Cal's Tyler Browne rallied from a set down to take out Scharler, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.
Doubles play got underway today as well, and Washington's red-hot duo of Slovic and sophomore Daniel Chu continued to roll. The 15th-ranked duo downed USC's Jarryd Cooper and Whit Livingston in the first round, then beat the Arizona duo of Bruno Alcala and Claudio Christen, 8-4, to reach the main draw semifinals, where they will face a team from Oregon on Saturday. The team of Vlaski and senior Christoph Palmanshofer also picked up a first round win but were knocked out in the quarters by Stanford's Warburg and KC Corkery, the defending NCAA champs.
Semifinal matches in singles and doubles will be played tomorrow, while the finals of each draw are slated for Sunday.
Washington Men's Tennis
4/22/05 - Ojai, Calif.
Singles Invitational Draw - Quarterfinals
Tyler Browne (Cal) def. Peter Scharler (UW), 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles Main Draw - First Round
(15) Chu/Slovic (UW) def. Cooper/Livingston (USC), 8-3
Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW) def. Spencer/Swinnen (UO), 8-3
Doubles Main Draw - Quarterfinals
(15) Chu/Slovic (UW) def. Alcala/Christen (UA), 8-4
Corkery/Warburg (Stan) def. Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW), 8-2
Doubles Invitational Draw - First Round
Kuharszky/Ricks (UW) def. Nakahara/Petit (Cal), 8-6
Doubles Invitational Draw - Quarterfinals
Dehaine/Lam (UCLA) def. Kuharszky/Ricks (UW), 9-8