Dawgs Begin Dual Season With Two Straight Sweeps

Jan. 24, 2006

THIS WEEK: The UW men's tennis team (2-0) looks to keep its momentum rolling against the University of Portland Pilots this Saturday at 1 p.m. after turning in two straight 7-0 victories against regional rivals Eastern Washington University and the University of Idaho. The Huskies will play in front of their home crowd at the Nordstrom Tennis Center attempting to improve their record to 45-0 all time against the Portland Pilots.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: The Portland Pilot's top seeded doubles duo of ScoKennell and James Redpath are the 6th ranked team in the ITA's west region. Kennell and Redpath tallied off five straight wins to reach the ITA N.W. Championship including an 8-6 victory over Washington's very own doubles team of Klaus Jank and Andy Kuharszky. In the ITA finals Portland's number one doubles team fell to Washington's Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu and number one ranked team in the west region 8-4. Portland's kennell and Darragh Rowan both made it to the semifinals in the first flight at the Red Lion EWC Invitational this past fall, Kennell also teamed up with Luis Gonzales to reach the semifinals in doubles. The Pilots were a combined 5-5 in doubles and 5-18 in singles during the fall season.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 32, Slovic also will team up again with doubles partner Daniel Chu. The duo finish the season last year ranked 17th in the nation and plan to build on their preseason ranking of 45th in the ITA. Transfer student Klaus Jank, arriving from the University of Freibug in Germany is also ranked in the ITA at No. 80. Jank was also ranked in the Top-50 German Junior rankings. These rankings reflect the latest posting of the ITA which occurred on January 10, 2006.

DUAL SEASON DÈBUT: The Washington men's tennis team opened its dual season with two straight 7-0 wins over the Idaho Vandals and the Eastern Washington Eagles. The Huskies came out firing Friday night against the Vandals winning all doubles and singles matches without dropping a set. Sophomore Andy Kuharszky, whom played at number five and six singles all of last season started this year playing in the number two spot. Kuharszky lived up to the challenge and defeated his opponent with ease 6-3, 6-2. The following day the Huskies faced off with the Eastern Washington Eagles posting similar results. In doubles play the Huskies grabbed the team point with two quick wins, however in the number two team of Andy Gerst and Kuharszky lost a couple of service games to go down 2-5. The duo bounced back showing their ability to counter adversity, winning 8-6. In singles the Huskies only dropped two sets and every player won their respective match. Junior transfer Klaus Jank lost the first set to Jon Davis of Eastern 3-6. Jank then displayed the dominate play that caused him to achieve No. 80 ranking in the nation winning the next two sets 6-3, 6-1.

INSTANT IMPACT: This past offseason Head Coach Matt Anger added three transfer students to the already strong Husky roster. Junior transfer student Klaus Jank has already achieved a ranking of No. 80 in the ITA after having a strong showing in the fall. In the semifinals of the ITA N.W. Regional Championship Jank defeated No. 39 ranked Arnar Sigurdsson of Pacific University to reach the semifinals of the tournament. French natives Jean-Noel Insausti and Pierre Metenier were added to the team between the fall and opening of the dual season in January. Insausti has already tallied two wins in doubles teaming up with Mike Ricks. In singles he was thrown into the fire at the number two spot against the Eastern Washington Eagles, Insausti handled the challenge beautifully defeating his opponent 6-2, 6-1.

FRESHMEN PLAY: Along with the addition of three incredible transfer students, freshmen Andy Gerst and David Chu look to have great careers as members of the Washington men's tennis Team. David Chu has not dropped a set in dual play, including a 0-4 comeback in the first set against his opponent Art Karas of Eastern Washington. Gerst turned in his first win in dual play teaming up with sophomore Kuharszky in doubles against Davis and Erickson of Eastern.

UP NEXT: The Huskies will meet up against the No. 54 ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers next Saturday on February 4th in the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Gophers opened their dual season playing the nation's top ranked team Virginia, eventually losing a close 5-2 match. UW has a 4-2 all time record against Minnesota.

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