No. 18 Huskies Face Stiff Test at No. 3 Ohio State
Jan. 25, 2007
THIS WEEK: The Washington men's tennis team (2-0) will hit the road for its first tough test of the dual match season. The Dawgs travel to Columbus, Ohio where they will take on the No. 3 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 9:00 a.m. PT. There will be no live stats or video from Sunday's match, but GoHuskies.com will have results and a recap following the match.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT: Ohio State opens the season with its highest pre-season ranking in team history at No. 3. The Buckeyes opened their season last weekend with a pair of 7-0 wins over Xavier and Butler. Eighth-year head coach Ty Tucker has an extremely experienced squadreturning this season. OSU boasts six singles players ranked in the top 70, including No. 1 ranked Steven Moneke. In addition to Moneke, OSU has Devin Mullings (No. 42), Chris Klingemann (46), 2006 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Bryan Koniecko (62), Drew Eberly (64) and Justine Kronauge (69). Mullings and Klingemann also form the No. 22 doubles team in the country.
MORE ON OHIO STATE-UW: Washington defeated Ohio State 4-1 the last time the two teams met back in 2004. Ohio State has never beaten a Pac-10 team in its history, going 0-10 all-time against the conference. Ohio State will enter the match on Sunday riding a 42-match home winning streak. They last lost on their own court in back in 2003.
LAST WEEK: Washington jumped out to a 2-0 start with wins over Eastern Washington (6-1) and Idaho (7-0). The Huskies dropped just three sets total in singles and doubles during the two matches. Andy Kuharszky was esecially impressive over the weekend from the No. 3 singles spot. Kuharszky won 28 consecutive points at one time during his match against Eastern's Daniel Pez and dropped only four games in his four singles sets during the weekend. Several Huskies made their home debuts: Patrik Fischer, Derek Drabble and Holden Ching. Fischer won his doubles match with Mike Ricks against Eastern Washington, but lost from the No. 4 singles spot. Drabble teammed with Daniel Chu to win in the No. 3 doubles spot against Idaho, while Ching needed a tie breaker in both sets to win from the No. 6 spot against the Vandals.
CHASING RECORDS: Senior Alex Slovic is approaching some historic records in Husky tennis history. In doubles and singles Slovic is ranked in the top 10 for winning percentage. The senior needs just two wins to become Washington's all-time doubles wins leader. He is currently tied with Nick Quatrochi with 71 wins, just one behind Eric Drew for the top spot. He is currently tied for sixth all-time with Marius Lunde for 83 singles wins. His combined doubles and singles total of 154 wins is fourth all-time in Husky history. He trails No. 3 Drew's combined total of 158 wins. Teammate Daniel Chu is also heading to the top of the career doubles wins list with 68, tying him for sixth all-time in UW history. Slovic and Chu should close out their careers No. 1 and 2 all-time in career doubles wins.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is ranked No. 18 nationally, the same ranking they achieved in the final 2005-06 ITA Poll. Alex Slovic was ranked No. 24 in the fall poll in singles before dropping to No. 98 in the poll released in January. The only other Huskies' ranked nationally is the doubles team of Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks, who will begin the season No. 35. Regionally, several Huskies cracked the rankings in the West. Slovic in No. 5 in singles, while Andy Kuharszky is No. 21 and Fischer is No. 30. The doubles team of Slovic and Daniel Chu is ranked No. 7 in the West Region, while Derek Drabble and Kuharszky come in at No. 9.
RECAPPING 2006: The 2005-06 season for Washington men's tennis will go down as one of the best in school history. Not only did the Huskies advance to their fifth NCAA Round of 16 in six years, they recorded their second-consecutive season with 20 wins. The last time the Huskies recorded back-to-back 20 win seasons was exactly 20 seasons prior in 1985 (20-8) and 1986 (26-7). Washington finished the year with a 20-6 record, its six losses coming to Top-25 opponents. The 20-win season marked the third under head coach Matt Anger and eighth in school history. The Huskies earned their way into the NCAA Sweet 16 with regional wins over Penn State and Virginia Commonwealth University, before falling to the fourth-ranked and fifth-seeded Baylor Bears.
UP NEXT: The Huskies return home to face Brigham Young on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. The Tennis Channel will be in Seattle shooting for an upcoming tape-delayed program. Admission is free and as always, free pizza and soft drinks will be available in between the doubles and singles matches.