Huskies Host Oregon In Regular Season Home Finale
April 19, 2006
THIS WEEK: No. 18 Washington men's tennis (17-4, 4-1) will complete its home schedule this weekend against northwest rival Oregon (6-16, 0-6 Pac-10) at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. The Huskies will take on the Ducks in historic Bill Quillian Stadium (weather permitting) marking the 116th meeting between the two opponents. Live scoring and online video streaming will be available at GoHuskies.com for the much anticipated Washington vs. Oregon dual match.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS: The Oregon men's tennis team will enter Saturday's competition on a seven match losing streak. Their last win occurred on March 7, where the Ducks defeated the Memphis Tigers with a score of 5-2. In the Ducks last outing, the team lost a heartbreaker to USC 4-3. Oregon won the doubles point but lost on four of the six singles courts to eventually lose their sixth conference match. No. 76 Markus Schiller leads Oregon playing No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles with teammate Vlad Pino. Schiller has compiled a 14-6 record in singles play defeating USC's Jamil Al-Agba in his last match. Earlier in the season he was paired up against former Husky and all-American Matt Hanlin in the USTA Honolulu Features Tournament. Schiller won the match 6-1, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the tournament. Washington competed against the Ducks earlier in the season on Feb. 24 in Oregon's Student Tennis Center. The Huskies clinched the doubles point and five of the six singles matches to defeat the Ducks 6-1.
SOUTHERN CAL SWEEP: The Washington men's tennis team climbed to 17-4 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10 after a 4-3 win over #50 USC (8-13, 1-5) followed by a 4-3 upset against the #7 UCLA Bruins (15-5, 5-1). This was the first time in Washington history that the men's tennis team has swept the Los Angeles schools. Pierre Metenier, Jean-Noel Insausti, and Daniel Chu all turned in great wins in both matches to help the Huskies stay in contention for the Pac-10 Conference Title. Washington suffered from slow starts on the doubles' courts, with all six of the team's pairs losing over the weekend. The win over the #7 UCLA Bruins marked the highest ranked team the Huskies have defeated this season and also was the 200th win of Matt Anger's coaching career at Washington.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington senior Jean-Noel Insausti was named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week for Apr. 10 - 16, by Commissioner Tom Hansen. Insausti, from Souraide, France, helped Washington to a sweep of the Los Angeles schools last weekend, notching two three-set tiebreak singles wins, including the clinching match in the Huskies' upset over No. 7 UCLA. Insausti, ranked 90th in the nation, upset then-No. 78 Mathieu Dehaine, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the No. 3 singles position. Insausti's win gave Washington the 4-3 upset victory over UCLA, handing the defending national champion its first Conference loss of the season. Against USC, Insausti turned in an exciting three-set victory over USC's Kaes Van't Hot, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (11). With the wins, Insausti improved his singles record to 15-4. This is Insausti's first Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and first weekly honor all-time for Washington.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 33., he has remained in that position for two consecutive weeks after having defeated USC's Jamil Al-Agba and then falling to No. 1 Ben Kohloeffel of UCLA. Slovic has also teamed up again this season with doubles partner Daniel Chu finishing the 2005 season at No. 17. Chu and Slovic were positioned at No. 32 in the ITA's last press release, however due to a couple of tough losses coming from the top doubles pairs of USC and UCLA the duo has been moved out of the rankings. Washington moved up 2 spots in the current ITA rankings from No. 20 to No. 18. The jump was attributed to the Dawgs' pair of 4-3 wins over No. 50 USC and the No. 7 UCLA Bruins.
RACE FOR THE TITLE: With a win this Saturday against Oregon, UW can remain in contention for a share of the 2006 Pac-10 title. Currently four teams have just one conference loss, however UCLA and Stanford are tied for the lead each with 5-1 records in conference play. Cal and UW are 1/2 a game back due to the fact that their match earlier this season was postponed due to weather. This match has been rescheduled on April 26, at 11 a.m. in Ojai, Calif. In 2005 the Huskies earned a share of their first Pac-10 title and secured their place in Washington history. Since the Pac-10 north and south divisions merged in 1998, UW had never finished higher than fourth in the conference and no school other than Stanford, USC, or UCLA had taken the conference crown. The Huskies finished the 2005 season in a first place tie with the Bruins at 6-1.
UP NEXT: The Huskies will complete their conference schedule with a makeup match against the California Golden Bears (14-5, 4-1) on Wednesday, April 26 at 11 a.m. in Ojai, Calif . The match was originally rained out in March. From April 27-30 Washington will remain in Ojai to compete in the Pac-10 Championships. The tournament will prepare the Dawgs for the NCAA tournament that is only two weeks from commencing. The 2006 NCAA bracket will be announced May 3 on ESPNews at 5:30 p.m. PT.
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