UW On To Sweet 16 After 4-0 Upset Of VCU
May 14, 2006
RICHMOND, Va. - No. 21 Washington endured two different delays due to rain and lightning to pull a 4-0 upset over No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth in the second round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship at VCU's Thalhimer Tennis Center, Sunday.
With the win, the Huskies (20-5) advance to face fourth-ranked and fifth-seeded Baylor (22-6) in the NCAA Round of 16, Saturday, May 20, at 3 p.m. PT at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center in Palo Alto, Calif. UW will be making its second-straight trip to the Sweet 16 and fifth in the last six years. VCU ended its season with a 26-5 overall record.
Junior Alex Slovic, ranked 44th, clinched the match for the Huskies with a 7-6(9), 6-2 upset over 15th-ranked Arnaud Lecloerec at No. 1 singles, marking the second-straight season Slovic clinched the match that sent UW to the Sweet 16.
Slovic's victory came shortly following the match was moved to an off-campus indoor location due to rain and lightning, after the initial start time was already delayed three and half hours due to rain. The match was scheduled to start at 12 p.m. ET time, actually started at 3:45 p.m. and ended around 8:35 p.m. ET.
'We're obviously proud of the team for two reasons,' UW head coach Matt Anger said. 'The team we played against - VCU - is very good top to bottom. And from top to bottom we played very well. Also, we saw a little bit of everything today with the rain delay, lightning, more rain and having the match moved indoors. Through the whole ordeal it was incredible for the guys to come through it like they did, especially on the road.'
In addition to Slovic, providing wins for UW on the singles courts were senior Pierre Metenier at No. 2 and junior Daniel Chu at No. 4. Metenier downed Petr Olsak, 7-5, 6-1, and Chu took care of Sergi Arumi, 6-3, 7-6(7).
The Huskies got off to a fast start winning two of three doubles matches to take the first point. Chu and Slovic picked up an 8-4 win over Lecloerec and Olsak, while senior Jean-Noel Insausti and junior Mike Ricks clinched the point with an 8-4 win over Sebastian Ripoll and Emil Lindren.
UW will now set its sights on Saturday's meeting with Baylor. The Huskies are 1-1 all-time against the Bears. Saturday's winner will advance to the Elite Eight and face the winner of the Stanford vs. Duke Round of 16 contest, Sunday, May 21, at 3 p.m.
2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Second Round
Richmond, Va.; Host: Virginia Commonwealth
No. 21 Washington 4, No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth 0
1. Chu/Slovic (UW) def. Leclorec/Olsak (VCU), 8-4
2. Lleal/Arumi (VCU) def. Jank/Kuharszky (UW), 8-5
3. Insausti/Ricks (UW) def. Sebastian Ripoll/Emil Lindgren (VCU), 8-4*
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. (44) Alex Slovic (UW) def. (15) Arnaud Lecloerec (VCU), 7-6(9), 6-2*
2. Pierre Metenier (UW) def. Olsak Petr (VCU), 7-5, 6-1
3. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) vs. Francesc Lleal (VCU), DNF
4. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Sergi Arumi (VCU), 6-3, 7-6(7)
5. Andy Kuharszky (UW) vs. Georges-Alexandre Israel (VCU), DNF
6. Klaus Jank (UW) vs. Damien Lacombe (VCU), DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 1