No. 14 Washington Huskies Look to Extend Home Win Streak
Jan. 31, 2006
THIS WEEK: The Washington men's tennis team (3-0) will look to defend its home win streak of 11 victories when it hosts the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday, Feb. 4th at 1:00 p.m. in the Huskies own Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center. The Dawgs extended their home win streak to 11 straight victories with a 7-0 victory over the Portland Pilots on Saturday, January 28th. The streak dates back to Feb. 27 2005, where the Huskies defeated Oregon 6-1.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: The Minnesota Golden Gophers scheduled a slue of tough matches to open the 2006 dual season playing four ranked opponents in the top 25. The Gophers began the season with a tough loss to No. 1 Virginia, but rallied back to defeat No. 13 Texas A&M. Their tough schedule and good results have catapulted Minnesota up the rankings from No. 54 to No. 36 in only three weeks. In dual play the Gophers have compiled a 9-9 record in singles and a 4-4 record in doubles. During the 2005 fall season Junior Nic Edlefsen took home the consolation title in the Big Ten Singles Championships. En route to his victory, Edlefsen defeating No. 125 Christian Tempke of Northwestern in the consolation quarterfinals. Edlefsen also reached the quarterfinals in the ITA Midwest Regional Championship, knocking out No. 89 Eric Langenkamp of Notre Dame in the second round. Minnesota has one ranked player in singles, No. 71 Raol Schwark.
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. The ITA updated the team rankings on January 31, giving the Huskies a bump from No. 16 to No. 14. The rise in rankings reflects their three straight sweeps of opponents in dual play during the season.
THREE STRAIGHT 7-0 SWEEPS: In the Dawgs' latest outing the men's tennis team stayed consistent with another 7-0 win over their opponent. No. 14 Washington was victorious against the Portland Pilots in their third match of the dual season, posting wins in all six singles positions and taking home the doubles point winning two of the three doubles matches. The No. 45 ranked duo of Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic and the number two team of sophomore co-captain Andy Kuharszy and Klaus Jank both took home wins in the match, making quick work of their opponents. The Huskies lost their first match of the year against Portland in the number three doubles spot, Jean-Noel Insausti and Mike Ricks were unable to hold onto the match losing in a tiebreaker 7-5. In singles action the Huskies displayed their dominance, winning five of the six matches in straight sets. In the No. 1 spot, Slovic lost the first set 4-6, but rallied to take the second set 6-2. Continuing with his momentum Slovic was able to win the super tiebreaker in the third set and eventually the match. Clinching the match for the Dawgs was Kuharszky in the No. 4 position, winning his third match in dual play.
EMPHATIC WINS: This season the Dawgs have not only won every singles match, but have dominated their opponents. When comparing games won by the Huskies to that of their opponents, Washington has almost tripled the number, 205 to 106. Head Coach Matt Anger has been impressed by the ability of his team to keep up the intensity while grabbing an early lead, 'It can be tough once you get up to keep pushing you opponent,' says Anger. 'Our Guys kept working and kept their foot on the gases peddle.' Only three matches of the eighteen singles matches played thus far into the season have gone three sets, with the Huskies prevailing in each.
CHASING RECORDS: Junior Alex Slovic, with almost two complete seasons to play is approaching some historic records in Husky tennis history. In doubles and singles Slovic is ranked in the top five for winning percentage. The junior hailing from Yugoslavia is also only nine wins away from moving into the top ten for career wins in singles. Slovic is only four wins away from moving into the top ten for career wins for doubles.
UP NEXT: No. 14 ranked Washington will match up against the University of Denver Pioneers on Feb. 10th at 5:30 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 12th at 1:30 p.m. DU has two players ranked in the top-100, however have yet to begin dual play this season. The UCSB Gauchos are ranked No. 69 in the latest ITA Fila Rankings posting a 3-1 record thus far in the spring.