No. 33 Washington Continues Conference Play In Arizona
April 6, 2006
THIS WEEK: The No. 33 Huskies (13-4, 0-1) will continue conference play in Tempe Ariz. against the No.51 Arizona State (7-10, 1-1 Pac-10). The match will take place in the Sun Devils Whiteman Tennis Center at 1:30 pm on April 7. The following Sunday the Huskies will take on the No. 39 Arizona Wildcats (10-6, 1-1) at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson Ariz. at 1:30 pm. The Dawgs went 2-0 when playing against the Arizona schools in the 2005 dual season.
SCOUTING REPORT: The No. 51 Sun Devils will enter Friday's match with a 7-10 record and 1-1 in Pac-10 play. Arizona State last played against the Trojans of USC on Saturday, April 1, when they defeated Southern California 4-3. The Sun Devils are led by No. 104 Jonathan Kinsella, who boasts an 18-11 singles record in the first position. Kinsella defeated the Trojan's Dejan Cvetkovic clinching the match for his team. On doubles courts for Arizona State, Kinsella and Waits are the top pair for ASU with a 14-14 record on the season. Entering Sunday's match, No. 39 Arizona holds a 10-6 record, with a tough 0-7 loss to No. 11 UCLA this past weekend. The Wildcats are led by senior leader Roger Matalonga, who is currently ranked No. 58. Matalonga has posted an 18-10 record this season for Arizona and has also provided stability in doubles with partner Francois VanderMerwe. UW won the last meeting in 2005, however Arizona holds the edge in the series 8-11.
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 12-3 overall, giving him a winning percentage of .800. The single season school record stands at .850 by John McKay (24-4) set in 1978-79. In doubles play, Alex Slovic holds an .826 winning percentage this season with their 19-4 record, good for eighth 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 .759 clip (63-20). 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 leader for wins as a coach at UW (196-90).
CARDINAL DEFEAT: The Washington men's tennis team fell to 13-4 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-10 due to a 7-0 loss to Stanford (10-2, 1-0). The Huskies were defeated in all three doubles matches and on all six singles courts en route to the team's second 7-0 defeat of the season. The match took place on Stanford's home court, the Taube Tennis Center.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 33 moving up six spots from last week's position of No. 39. Slovic has also teamed up again this season with doubles partner Daniel Chu finishing the season last year at No. 33. Chu and Slovic were positioned at No. 18 in the ITA's last press release, however due to a tough loss to Stanford's No. 22 team composed of KC Corkery and Matt Bruch the duo dropped 15 positions. Exchange student Jean-Noel Insausti has achieved a national ranking of No. 90 due to consistent play in the second and third singles positions. Washington moved down seven spots in the current ITA rankings from No. 26 to No. 33. The jump was attributed to the Dawgs0-7 loss against No. 12 Stanford last week in Palo Alto Calif. The Huskies have only suffered four losses this season, to No. 2 Pepperdine, No. 5 Illinois, No. 9 UCLA, and No. 12 Stanford.
UP NEXT: The Dawgs will continue conference play at home on April 7 against USC at 1:30 pm in Bill Quillian Stadium. Washington will face No. 11 UCLA the following Saturday at 2:30 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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