No. 2 Pepperdine Defeat Dawgs

March 22, 2006

Malibu, Calif. -- The No. 28 Washington men's tennis team (13-3) suffered a crushing 7-0 defeat to the No. 2 Pepperdine Waves (19-1). The match took place in Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center where the Waves won all three doubles matches and all six singles matches. The competition completed the Huskies' spring break road trip where UW went 1-1 defeating Princeton the previous day.

In doubles play the Huskies lost three close matches to Pepperdine. The No. 19 duo of Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic lost to the top ranked doubles team in the nation of Scott Doerner and Andre Begemann, 8-5. Pepperdine's No. 27 team of Pedro Rico and Ivor Lovrak edged out one break to move past the Huskeis' Klaus Jank and Andy Kuharszky, 8-6. Mike Ricks and Jean-Noel Insausti wrapped up play on the third doubles court, losing to Richard Johnson and Omar Altmann, 8-3.

Pepperdine jumped to an early lead in singles action, winning 5 out of the first 6 sets. No. 57 Insausti was the first to fall to the waves, losing to No. 66 Ivor Lovrak 6-1, 6-1. On the sixth singles court Klaus Jank was unable to hold off the Waves' Omar Altmann, losing 6-2, 6-4. The Huskies' top singles player, No. 39 Alex Slovic, fell to No. 4 Doerner 6-0, 6-3. Kuharszky also lost in straight sets to Pepperdine's Begemann 7-5, 6-3.

Two Huskies pushed Pepperdine's finest to three set matches. Daniel Chu lost to Richard Johnson in a third set tie breaker, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(3). Senior transfer student, Pierre Metenier, lost to No. 19 Pedro Rico 7-5, 2-6, 10-7.

The Dawgs will begin to defend their conference title with the beginning of Pac-10 play in the Bay Area starting on March 31 against No. 26 California at 1:30 pm. Washington will face No. 21 the following day at 1:30 pm. The Huskies completed their 2005 Pac-10 season with a 6-1 record, earning a share of their first conference 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.

No. 2 Pepperdine def. No. 28 Washington; 7-0
March 22, 2006 Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center

Doubles
1. (1) Doerner/Begemann (PEP) def. (19) Slovic/Daniel Chu (UW); 8-5
2. (27) Rico/Lovrak (PEP) def. Kuharszky/Jank (UW); 8-6
3. Johnson/Altmann (PEP) def. Insausti/Ricks (UW); 8-3

Singles
1.
(4) Scott Doerner (PEP) def. (37) Alex Slovic (UW); 6-0, 6-3
2. (19) Pedro Rico (PEP) def. Pierre Metenier (UW); 7-5, 2-6. 10-7
3. (66) Ivor Lovrak (PEP) def. (57) Jean-Noel Insausti (UW); 6-1, 6-1
4. Andre Begemann (PEP) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW); 7-5, 6-3
5. Richard Johnson (PEP) def. Daniel Chu (UW); 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (3)
6. Omar Altmann (PEP) def. Klaus Jank (UW); 6-2, 6-4

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

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