Huskies Ousted By Virginia In NCAA Round Of 16
May 21, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Washington men's tennis team had its impressive season ended today by second-seeded Virginia in the NCAA Round of 16. The Cavaliers (27-2) took the match, 4-0, at the Mitchell Tennis Center for their 16th-straight win. The Round of 16 still looms as the next hurdle for the Huskies to clear, as they have lost in this round in four of the past five years.
Virginia asserted themselves early in the match with the doubles point victory. Sophomores Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu struggled at No. 1 doubles with the 21st-ranked team of Rylan Rizza and Nick Meythaler, losing 8-1 for their first dual match loss since April 1. Virginia's Darrin Cohen and Doug Stewart then won four straight games against freshman Andy Kuharszky and sophomore Mike Ricks at third doubles to win, 8-4, and clinch the point. Seniors Alex Vlaski and Christoph Palmanshofer were leading 7-6 at No. 2 doubles when the Cavaliers clinched.
Virginia boasts five singles players with national rankings, and they put their depth on display once singles began, winning five of the six first sets. Kuharszky took the only lead for the UW with a 6-4 win at sixth singles over 82nd-ranked Cohen. Cohen however took the second set and the two did not finish the third set. Treat Huey gave Virginia a 2-0 lead with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Chu at fourth singles. 30th-ranked Somdev Devvarman then held off 65th-ranked Palmanshofer, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2 singles. The match was decided when Virginia's Marko Miklo, ranked 112th, finished off senior Peter Scharler, 6-2, 6-2, in the fifth singles position.
The number one singles showdown between sixth-ranked Vlaski and 12th-ranked Stewart was headed for a third set at match's end, with Stewart taking the first set, 6-4, before Vlaski notched a 7-5 second set win. At No. 3 singles, 33rd-ranked Rizza led No. 44 Slovic one set to none after winning the first set in a tiebreak, but Slovic was up a service break in the second set.
Although they failed in their bid to make the program's first NCAA Quarterfinal appearance, Washington achieved several other program milestones this season. The Huskies were 6-1 in Pac-10 play to win a share of the conference championship with UCLA. It was the first Pac-10 title for Washington under the current conference format and they became the first school to win the conference other than UCLA, Stanford, or USC. The Huskies also hosted their NCAA Regional for the first time in school history, where they downed Oral Roberts and USC to reach the Round of 16.
For Vlaski, his Husky career will still include the NCAA Singles Championships in which he is the eighth seed. Slovic will compete in the singles tournament as well, and he and Chu will make a run at the NCAA Doubles Championships. The singles and doubles tourneys also take place in College Station from May 25-30.
Although Palmanshofer is an alternate for the NCAA singles draw, he and fellow senior Scharler have likely played their last Husky matches. The pair of Austrians, Palmanshofer from St. Georgen and Scharler from Salzburg, each finish in the top-10 in career singles wins. Scharler is ninth on the list with a career record of 72-30, while Palmanshofer is right behind in tenth place, with a career mark of 69-42.
NCAA Men's Tennis Championships - Round of 16
5/21/05 - Mitchell Tennis Center - College Station, Texas
(2) Virginia 4, (15) Washington 0
Doubles (Virginia Wins Point)
1) (21) Rizza/Meythaler (UVA) def. (18) Slovic/Chu (UW), 8-1
2) Vlaski/Palmanshofer vs. (39) Devvarman/Huey (UVA), DNF
3) Cohen/Stewart (UVA) def. Kuharszky/Ricks (UW), 8-4*
1) (6) Alex Vlaski (UW) vs. (12) Doug Stewart (UVA), DNF
2) (30) Somdev Devvarman (UVA) def. (65) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW), 6-3, 7-5
3) (44) Alex Slovic (UW) vs. (33) Rylan Rizza (UVA), DNF
4) Treat Huey (UVA) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 6-1, 6-0
5) (112) Marko Miklo (UVA) def. Peter Scharler (UW), 6-2, 6-2*
6) Andy Kuharszky (UW) vs. (82) Darrin Cohen (UVA), DNF
Order of Finish: 4, 2, 5