Huskies 1-0 On Spring Break Road Trip
March 22, 2006
THIS WEEK: The No. 28 Washington men's tennis team (13-2) will complete their road trip in Malibu Calif. against the No.2 Pepperdene Waves (18-1). The match will take place in Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center at 11:30 pm on March 22. The Waves were runners-up to top ranked Georgia at the ITA Indoor Champship held in Washington's Nordstrom Tennis Center.
SCOUTING REPORT: 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 16-1 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 gone18-1 on the season, including wins over top-10 opponents: No. 8 Baylor, No. 9 UCLA, No. 6 Mississippi, and No.3 Duke.
DAWGS BITE TIGERS: The No. 28 Washington men's tennis team (13-2) opened heir spring break road trip with a win over the Princeton Tigers (4-7). The Huskeis won two of the three doubles matches and swept all six of the singles matches to dispatch the Tigers 7-0. The Competition was held at Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu Calif. on March 21. Daniel Chu and Andy Kuharszky both displayed great resilliancy by winning their respective matches after having dropped their first sets. Chu defeated Princeton's Shannon Moales 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(4). Kuharszky won his match by posting a 4-6, 6-1, 1-0(4) victory over Tiger senior Hans Plukas. Coming back from a short hiatus, Pierre Metenier played as though he hadn't missed a step. Metenier defeated Princeton's Sratha Saengsuwarn 6-2, 6-3. No. 39 Slovic defeated his ranking in the first singles position with a straight set 6-1, 6-1 victory over Darius Craton.
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 12-1 overall, giving him a winning percentage of .923. The single season school record stands at .857 by John McKay (24-4) set in 1978-79. in doubles play, Alex Slovic holds an .905winning percentage this season with their 19-2 record, good for third on UW's all-time list. Chu has 21doubles wins, seven shy of the single season school record (28). Slovic has 70 career singles wins, putting him at 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 .788 clip (63-17). For good measure, head coach Matt Anger needs just four more wins to reach 200 in his career at Washington. Anger is already the all-time winningest coach at UW (196-89).
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 39. Slovic has also teamed up again this season with doubles partner Daniel Chu finishing the season last year at No. 18. Chu and Slovic were positioned at No. 39 in the ITA's last press release, however due to their 19-2 record on the season including several wins over ranked opponents they jumped 20 spots to their current ranking of No. 19. Exchange student Jean-Noel Insausti has achieved a national ranking of No. 57 due to consistent play in the second and third singles positions. Washington dropped three spots in the national rankings, going from No. 24 to No. 28 in a week. Since being ranked 10th in the country, the Dawgs have faced four opponents No. 68 Pacific, Gonzaga, Memphis, and Princeton. UW defeated the four teams with a combined score of 27-1. The University of Virginia whom the Huskies defeated 4-1 earlier in the season, sit 17 spots above UW at No. 11. The only two losses of Washington's season have come from No. 3 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.