Slovic Upset In NCAA Singles First Round

May 24, 2006

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Washington junior Alex Slovic was upset in the opening round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center, Wednesday, falling in a heartbreaking third-set tiebreak to Florida's Greg Ouellette, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4).

Ouellette, ranked 52nd, won the first set, 6-4, but 44th-ranked Slovic bounced back in the second with a commanding 6-1 victory to take back some momentum. Slovic trailed 6-5 in the third set and came back to tie 6-6 before Ouellette prevailed in the tiebreak.

It marks the second-straight season Ouellette posted a NCAA first-round upset over a Washington player. Last year, then-No. 49 Ouellette notched a three-set upset over then-sixth-ranked Alex Vlaski that ended Vlaski's prolific UW career.

Unfortunately for Slovic, it is the second-straight season he failed to make it past the opening round of the NCAA Championship. As a freshman, he advanced as far as the second round.

The loss marks the end of the season for Slovic, who was vying for his first career All-America honor. The Husky co-captain finished the year with a stellar 28-15 singles record. His 28 wins were a season-high and tied for fifth on UW's all-time season list. Slovic was also named a first-team All-Pac-10 selection.

He will enter his senior season ranked eighth in UW history in combined singles and doubles wins (142), ninth in singles wins (76) and sixth in doubles wins (67).

2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship
Palo Alto, Calif. • Stanford University • Taube Tennis Center

May 24, 2006 - First Round
(52) Greg Ouellette (Florida) def. (44) Alex Slovic (UW), 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4)

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