Three Huskies To Represent UW In NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship

May 5, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Three Huskies, senior Alex Vlaski and sophomores Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu, have been selected to participate in the individual singles and doubles portion of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championships, the NCAA announced today. Vlaski and Slovic will compete in the 64-team singles bracket, while Slovic and Chu will pair up to play in the 32-team doubles competition.

The singles and doubles championship will take place at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas, May 25-30, following the team championship held May 21-24.

Vlaski, a native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, will aim to end his Washington career on a high note with an NCAA singles title added to his long list of accolades. Already a national champion, Vlaski won the 2003 ITA All-American singles title as a junior. He will also look to become the Huskies' first three-time All-American, having earned the honor in both 2004 and 2003. Vlaski, making his fourth NCAA singles appearance, advanced to the NCAA singles semifinals in 2003 and as far as the second round in 2004 and 2002. Vlaski received the No. 8 seed in the 64-player field and is currently ranked sixth in the latest ITA singles rankings.

Slovic is making his second-straight NCAA singles appearance after advancing to the second round as a freshman in 2004. Slovic burst onto the collegiate scene last year, earning ITA National Rookie of the Year honors and Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year honors. He is currently ranked 44th in singles. Slovic is making his first NCAA doubles appearance.

Chu's doubles selection is the second of his career after making the trip with Vlaski in 2004, but the pair fell in the first round. Chu and Slovic advanced to the finals of the Pac-10 doubles championship in April, before falling to Stanford's Sam Warburg and KC Corkery who earned the NCAA tournament's No. 2 seed.

As a team, the Huskies open NCAA tournament action hosting Oral Roberts, Friday, May 13, following another first round match between SMU and USC beginning at 10 a.m. The winners will play in the second round on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. for the right to advance to College Station. All matches will be held at Bill Quillian Stadium on the UW campus.

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