16th Ranked Washington Men's Tennis Blanks the Idaho Vandals

Jan. 20, 2006

Seattle, Wash. -- The Washington men's tennis team came out fired up and ready to play in their first dual match of the season against the Idaho Vandals. All six singles players and each of the three doubles teams won their respective matches en route to a 7-0 win for the Huskies. The match took place at Washington's Nordstrom Tennis Center in front of a sizeable home crowd eager to watch their Huskies kick off the 2006 season.The Huskies came out sharp and established an early lead with a sweep of the doubles matches. Washington's number one doubles team of Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic traded service games with Idaho's Timothy Huynh and Uriah Jones until the match was tied 2-2. Chu and Slovic recaptured their court chemistry and won six straight games to give the Dawgs their first doubles point. Junior Klaus Jank and sophomore Andy Kuharszky quickly followed suit defeating Idaho's John Heib and Ned Hayley 8-1, securing the Huskies second doubles point and the first team point of the match. Washington's Mike Ricks and senior transfer from France Jean-Noel Insausti finished up their set winning 8-2 over the Vandal's Anthony Karlovic and Joel Trudel.Head Coach Matt Anger shares his insight on the team's performance in doubles, 'there were a couple games that we came out looking a little slow today, but we look great overall. In third doubles we dropped serve a couple of times so there is definite work for us to improve on there. I think that all the guys have pretty good chemistry, but when we face adversity is when the chemistry is going to be tested.'

In singles action, Slovic captured an early second team point for Washington, overcoming Huynh of Idaho 6-0, 6-0. Slovic did not drop a service game the entire match in singles or in doubles. Freshman David Chu of Vancouver British Columbia won his first match in duel play defeating the Vandal's Kyle McKenzie 6-1, 6-0. Clinching the match for the Huskies was David's brother, Daniel Chu. Daniel, not to be outdone by his younger brother won his match in similar fashion, 6-1, 6-0.

Klaus Jank, a junior transfer student from Germany, continued the winning trend by defeating his opponent, Idaho's Ned Hayley, 6-1, 6-2. Washington's Ricks and Kuharszky played out their matches, each recording victories in straight sets.The Huskies will match up against their cross state rivals, the Eastern Washington Eagles, tomorrow January 21st at 4:00pm. The Washington men's tennis team is 3-0 all time against the Eagles.Coach Anger expresses his feelings on the upcoming match against Eastern Washington, 'Eastern Washington is kind of in the same position (as Idaho) where they are trying to really step up their program. They have a couple of guys that look pretty strong, but we will see, this is the first time that we have played them since I have been the coach.'

Washington Huskies vs. Idaho Vandals
Friday, January 20; Seattle, Wash.

Doubles
1. (45) Daniel Chu/Slovic (UW) def. Huynh/Jones (Idaho), 8-2
2. Jank/Kuharszky (UW) def. Heib/Hayley (Idaho), 8-1
3. Insausti/Ricks (UW) def. Karlovic/Trudel (Idaho), 8-2

Singles
1. Alex Slovic (UW) def. Timothy Huynh (Idaho), 6-0, 6-0
2. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. John Heib (Idaho), 6-3, 6-2
3. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Anthony Karlovic (Idaho), 6-1, 6-0
4. Klaus Jank (UW) def. Ned Hayley (Idaho), 6-1, 6-2
5. Mike Ricks (UW) def. Joel Trudel (Idaho), 6-2, 6-2
6. David Chu (UW) def. Kyle McKenzie (Idaho), 6-1, 6-0

Order of Finish
Doubles: 1,2,3
Singles: 1,6,3,4,2,5

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