Slovic Advances To Pac-10 Singles Quarterfinal

April 27, 2006

Ojai, Calif. - Washington men's tennis player Alex Slovic picked up a pair of wins in the opening rounds, Thursday, to advance to tomorrow's singles quarterfinal during the first day of competition at the 2006 Pac-10 Individual Championships at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif.

All four Huskies playing in the singles main draw - Slovic, Jean-Noel Insausti, Daniel Chu and Pierre Metenier - survived their first round matches, but it was only Slovic who was able to pick up a second round win to advance. In the invitational singles bracket, David Chu and Klaus Jank also advanced to the quarterfinals.

Slovic cruised to the main draw singles quarterfinals with two straight-set victories. In the first round, 53rd-ranked Slovic defeated Arizona State's Wes Miller, 6-2, 6-1. Carrying momentum into the second round, he went on to take care of Cal's Ken Nakahara, 6-1, 6-2. Slovic will face Stanford's James Wan in Friday's quarterfinal at 11:30 a.m.

Metenier advanced to the Round of 16 with a taxing three set, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, victory over UCLA's Philipp Gruendler but was unable to upset No. 83 Jonathan Kinsella of ASU in the second round falling 7-5, 6-3. Daniel Chu won his first match of the tournament defeating Arizona's Claudio Christen, 7-6, 6-4, but then suffered a 6-3, 6-2 defeat to Stanford's James Pade. Insausti fell to Jeff Groslimond from Arizona, 6-2, 6-0, in the Round of 16 after upsetting No. 88 Markus Schiller of Oregon in the first round, 6-2, 6-3.

David Chu and Jank led the four-player contingent in the invitational singles draw. Chu defeated Oregon's Hugh McDonald (6-2, 6-3) and USC's Nathan Stadler (7-6, 6-0) to advance to the quarterfinals, while Jank took care of Oregon's Fernando Freitas (6-3, 6-0) and UCLA's Jason Nguyen (6-4, 6-4). On Friday, Chu will face Dean Wallace from Cal and Jank will face Phil Kao from Stanford at 11:30 a.m.

Huskies Mike Ricks and Andy Kuharszky picked up first round wins in the invitational singles draw, but fell in their second round matches.

The Pac-10 Individual Championships continue Friday with the singles quarterfinals and the opening two rounds of doubles play. Semifinals and finals for both singles and doubles will be held Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

2006 PAC-10 MEN'S TENNIS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
April 27-30 • Libbey Park • Ojai, Calif.

Thursday, April 27 Results

Main Draw Singles - First Round
Daniel Chu (UW) def. Claudio Christen (Ariz); 7-6, 6-4
Pierre Metenier (UW) def. Philipp Gruendler (UCLA); 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
(53) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Wes Miller (ASU); 6-2, 6-1
Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) def. (88) Markus Schiller (UO); 6-2, 6-3

Main Draw Singles - Round of 16
James Pade (Stanford) def. Daniel Chu (UW); 6-3, 6-2
(83) Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) def. Pierre Metenier (UW); 7-5, 6-3
(53) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Ken Nakahara (CAL); 6-1, 6-2
Jeff Groslimond (Ariz.) def. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW), 6-2, 6-0

Invitational Draw Singles - First Round
David Chu (UW) def. Hugh McDonald (Oregon); 6-2, 6-3
Klaus Jank (UW) def. Fernando Freitas (Oregon); 6-3, 6-0
Mike Ricks (UW) def. Francois VanderMere (Ariz); 6-4, 7-5
Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Eric Pickard (Oregon); NS

Invitational Draw Singles - Round of 16
David Chu (UW) def. Nathan Stadler (USC); 7-6, 6-0
Klaus Jank (UW) def. James Nguyen (UCLA); 6-4, 6-4
Blake Muller (Stan) def. Mike Ricks (UW); 7-6, 6-1
Jon Wong (Stan) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW); 7-6, 7-6

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