Huskies Gear Up For Finals Week
March 15, 2006
THIS WEEK: The No. 24 Washington men's tennis team (12-2) will have the rest of the week off from match play to study for finals. The Huskies will then embark on their second road trip of the season, traveling to Malibu, Calif. to compete against Princeton and Pepperdine. Washington will face Princeton on Tues. March 21, at 11:00 a.m. and the Waves the following day at 1:00 p.m. Both matches will take place in Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.
SCOUTING REPORT: The Princeton Tigers are coming off a four match win streak, putting the relativley young team at 4-4 for the season. Princeton has nine underclassmen on their 15 man roster. The Tigers fell to No. 69 UC Santa Barbara, whom the Huskies defeated 7-0 just a month later. The No. 2 Pepperdine Waves have a wealth of talent that allowed them to reach the National Indoor Championship match earlier in the season. The Waves have three ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams including the top duo in the nation, No. 1 Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann. Doerner and Begemann are 14-1 on the season and went 3-0 at the ITA National Men's Indoor Championships where they defeated two nationally-ranked doubles teams. Their only loss came at the hands of UCLA's now-No. 8 duo of Benjamin Kohlloeffel and Philipp Gruendler. Doerner also reached the finals at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic where he eventually fell to UCLA's Ben Kohlloeffel. The Waves have gone16-1 on the season, including wins over top-10 opponents: No. 8 Baylor, No. 9 UCLA, No. 6 Mississippi, and No.3 Duke.
BULLDOGS BOW DOWN: The No. 21 Washington men's tennis team (12-2) swept the doubles and singles matches en route to a 7-0 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-7). The match was played in front of a home crowd in the Huskies' Nordstrom Tennis Center marking the seventh straight win for UW over the Zags. Co-captain Alex Slovic clinched the match for the Huskies on the number one singles court. Gonzaga's Reid Arthur was unable to break Slovic's serve throughout the duration of the match, resulting in a 6-2, 6-0 win for the Huskies. Freshman David Chu recieved the opportunity to play in his fourth dual match of the season. Stepping up to the challenge, Chu turned in a resounding 6-3, 6-2 win over Gonzaga's Bryan Bankester. Over the course of the match, Washington won 96 games compared to the 27 compiled by the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
CHASING RECORDS: Halfway through the dual season, the Huskies are already chasing a few individual school records. Senior Jean-Noel Insausti has the potential to set a school record for singles winning percentage if he can sustain his stellar play. Insausti is 11-1 overall, giving him a winning percentage of .916. The single season school record stands at .857 by John McKay (24-4) set in 1978-79. Doubles pair Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu have an .900 winning percentage with their 18-2 record, good for third on UW's all-time list. Chu has 20 doubles wins, eight shy of the single season school record (28). Slovic has 69 career singles wins, tying him for 10th on UW's all-time list - an amazing accomplishment considering he has another season yet to play. Slovic also currently holds the top career doubles winning percentage with a .784 clip (62-17). For good measure, head coach Matt Anger needs just five more wins to reach 200 in his career at Washington. Anger is already the all-time winningest coach at UW (195-89).
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 35. Slovic has also teamed up again this season with doubles partner Daniel Chu. The duo finished the season last year ranked 17th in the nation and plan to build on their current ranking of 39th. Exchange student Jean-Noel Insausti has achieved a national ranking of No. 64 due to consistent play in the second and third singles positions. Washington dropped three spots in the national rankings, going from No. 21 to No. 24 in a week. Since being ranked 10th in the country, the Dawgs have faced three opponents No. 68 Pacific, Gonzaga, and Memphis. UW defeated the three teams with a combined score of 20-1. The University of Virginia whom the Huskies defeated 4-1 earlier in the season, sit 13 spots above UW at No. 11. The only two losses of Washington's season have come from No. 7 Illinois and No. 9 UCLA.
UP NEXT: The Dawgs will begin to defend their conference title with the begining of Pac-10 play in the Bay Area starting on March 31 against No. 28 California at 1:30 pm. Washington will face No. 16 Stanford the following day at 1:30 pm. The Huskies completed their 2005 Pac-10 season with a 6-1 record, earning the men's tennis team a share of their first Pac-10 title. Since the Pac-10 north and south divisions merged in 1988, no school other than Stanford, USC, or UCLA had taken the conference crown. Washington finished in a first-place tie with the UCLA Bruins.
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