Slovic Leads No. 17 Huskies to 5-2 Win Over BYU
Feb. 6, 2007
SEATTLE - Alex Slovic tied the UW record for career doubles wins and took solo possession of sixth-place all-time with his 84th singles win as the No. 17 Huskies (3-1) beat Brigham Young (3-4) on Tuesday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Daniel Chu also climbed in the record books, moving into sixth-place all-time with his 69th career doubles win, scoring an 8-3 victory with Derek Drabble. Michael Ricks and Patrik Fischer, the No. 35 ranked doubles team in the country, dropped the No. 2 doubles match 8-5, leaving the Huskies' fate in the hands of the No. 1 doubles team.
Slovic and Andy Kuharszky battled back-and-forth with BYU's James Ludlow and Dominik Kaufhold before clinching the doubles point for the Huskies, winning a 7-3 tiebreaker. The win gave Slovic 72 doubles victories for his career, tying Eric Drew for No. 1 all-time in Husky history.
'It feels pretty good (to get the record),' said Slovic after the match. 'I didn't have any expectations, but coach told me that I was getting close to the record. Today, the longer we played, the more nervous I got. The court just feels so much smaller in doubles. I was definitely more confident in singles.'
That confidence showed, as Slovic gave the Huskies a 2-0 match lead by winning 6-1, 6-2 over Ludlow in singles. Slovic needs two more wins to tie Drew for fifth all-time in Husky history with 86 singles wins.
BYU closed the margin to 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory by Jonathan Sanchez over Drabble in the No. 4 singles match, but the Huskies increased their lead to 3-1 when Kuharszky came away with a straight-set victory over Chip Hand in the No. 3 singles match.
The Huskies struggled to put away the Cougars, but eventually did when Daniel Chu aced Kaufhold to win in three-sets. Chu held a 4-3 lead in the third set before breaking Kaufhold to take control of the match.
The final two matches also needed three sets to reach a decision. In the No. 5 match, David Chu held a 5-3 lead in the second set, but lost four-straight to Cale Planck to force a third set. Chu handled Planck easily in the third set, winning 6-2.
Michael Ricks was the last off the court, losing a three-set battle 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Ricks had double-match point in the third set, but Cassidy Mears rallied to win the game and eventually end the match in tie-breaker.
The Huskies return to action Friday, Feb. 9 when they open up the four-team Great Northwest Shootout against Middle Tennessee State at 4 p.m. Texas Tech and Louisville will face each other in the opening match of the day at 12:00 p.m. Admission to the tournament is free and action will take place through Sunday.
BYU (3-4) at Washington (3-1)
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007; Seattle, Wash.
1. Kuharszky/Slovic (UW) def. Ludlow/Kaufhold (BYU), 8-8 (3)
2. Hand/Sanchez (BYU) def. No. 35 Fischer/Ricks (UW), 8-5
3. Daniel Chu/Drabble (UW) def. Planck/Mears (BYU), 8-3
1. Alex Slovic (UW) def. John Ludlow (BYU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Dominick Kaufhold (BYU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Chip Hand (BYU), 6-3, 6-4
4. Jonathan Sanchez (BYU) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-3, 6-1
5. David Chu (UW) def. Cale Planck (BYU), 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
6. Cassidy Mears (BYU) def. Michael Ricks (UW), 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5)
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 1, 4, 3, 2, 5, 6