Slovic and Chu Win NCAA Doubles Opener
May 26, 2005
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Sophomores Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu recorded a three-set victory today in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championships at the Mitchell Tennis Stadium on the Texas A&M campus. The Husky duo, ranked 18th, battled back against the 29th ranked team of Luiz Carvalho and Jose-Carlos Pinto of Mississippi State to advance to Friday's Round of 16.
In the first set, Slovic and Chu were on serve leading 5-4, but the Bulldog duo won the next three games to pull out the set, 7-5. However, Slovic and Chu were able to pick up service breaks early in each of the next two sets, and continued to hold serve with regularity, taking the final two sets 6-3, 6-2.
Throughout the season, doubles matches are always played as a single pro-set, where the first team to eight games wins. The format changes in the NCAA Championships to the more traditional best of three sets.
In Friday's Round of 16, Slovic and Chu will try to dethrone the defending NCAA Doubles Champions KC Corkery and Sam Warburg of Stanford. Warburg and Corkery are the No. 2 seed in the tournament. It will be a rubber match between the two tandems this season, as Slovic and Chu routed the Cardinal team, 8-1, in the Washington-Stanford dual match this year, but Warburg and Corkery later defeated the Husky pair in the finals of the Pac-10 Championships, 8-6.
Slovic and Chu are the first Washington doubles team to advance to the NCAA Round of 16 since Eric Drew and Robert Kendrick in 1999. No team has reached the NCAA Quarterfinals since Gary Doyle and Geordie Martin in 1960.
Times for Friday's matches have not been posted, but live scoring is available at www.aggieathletics.com.
Washington Men's Tennis
NCAA Doubles Championships
5/26/05 - Mitchell Tennis Stadium - College Station, Texas
(18) Alex Slovic/Daniel Chu (UW) def. (29) Luiz Carvalho/Jose-Carlos Pinto (Miss. St.), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4