Washington Men's Tennis Stays Perfect Defeating Minnesota 5-2

Feb. 4, 2006

Seattle, Wash. -- The 14th ranked UW men's tennis team (4-0) displayed their dominance against the No. 36 Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-3) with a 5-2 win. The Dawgs defended their home court taking home all three of the doubles matches and four of the six in singles. Washington is looking sharp in preparation for defending their 2005 Pac-10 Team Championship.

The Huskies bounced back from losing their first doubles match of the season last week against Portland with a 3-0 sweep to grab the first point of the match. Starting the trend for UW was the 45th ranked duo of Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu. Chu and Slovic traded service games with their opponents, Minnesota's D.J. Geatz and Andres Osorio, until they capped off a 6-0 run to win the first doubles match in the number one spot. Playing in the second position in doubles was Klaus Jank and Andy Kuharszky, whom of which clinched the doubles point for the team defeating the Gopher's Adrien Debreyne and Raoul Schwark 8-5. Mike Ricks and Jean-Noel Insausti, on a mission to redeem themselves from their loss against Portland, got the win in the number three spot with a 9-7 victory over Kantar and Wilkens.

Sophomore Andy Kuharszky kept his game rolling from doubles to singles, defeating Debreyne in the fifth position 6-2, 6-2. Insausti played with his usual determination and energy that helped him earn the third team point for the Huskies in the number 3 spot. Tallying his third straight set win, Insausti was victorious over the Gophers Osorio. Clinching the match for Washington was Klaus Jank in the sixth position. After pulling out the first set, Jank and his opponent Brian Lipinski traded service game. At three all, Jank was able to rally off three straight games and win the match 6-3, 6-3.

Daniel Chu suffered a tough loss playing number four singles against Minnesota's Raoul Schwark, Schwark pulled out the win over Chu 6-3, 6-2, ending the undefeated streak for Washington in singles. Before Chu's loss UW had tallied 21 straight singles victories in dual play. Making his Washington debut was senior transfer, Pierre Metenier. Metenier came out and was faced with a tough opponent playing number two singles in Nic Edlefson. Down 4-5 and a break in the first set, Metenier broke his opponent twice to win the first set 7-5. The senior displayed his poise and continued with the momentum en route to a 7-5, 6-1 victory. In a marathon thee set match, Slovic suffered his first loss of the season in the number one singles position. Slovic grabbed the first set 6-3, but allowed Minnesota's Geatz to climb back into the match and eventually win 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The Dawgs next challenge will be the University of Denver on February 10th in Washington's own Nordstrom Tennis Center. The match against Denver will mark the fifth straight dual match at home for the Huskies, where they have not lost since February of last season.

Saturday, February 4; Seattle, Wash.
Washington Huskies - 5
Minnesota Golden Gophers - 2

Doubles
1. (45) Daniel Chu/Slovic (UW) def. Geatz/Osorio (UM), 8-2
2. Jank/Kuharszky (UW) def. Debreyne/Schwark (UM), 8-5
3. Insausti/Ricks (UW) def. Kantar/Wilkens (UM), 9-7

Singles
1. D.J. Geatz (UM) def. (32) Alex Slovic (UW), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. Pierre Metenier (UW) def. Nic Edlefson (UM), 7-5, 6-1
3. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) def. Andres Osorio (UM), 6-4, 6-3
4. Raoul Schwank (UM) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 6-3, 6-2
5. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Adrien Debreyne (UM), 6-2, 6-2
6. (80) Klaus Jank (UW) def. Brian Lipinski (UM), 6-3, 6-3

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

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