No. 15 Huskies Host No. 75 Portland on Friday

Feb. 14, 2007

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THIS WEEK: The Washington men's tennis team (6-1) continues a string of seven-straight home matches, taking on No. 75 Portland (3-2) this Friday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. PT. The Huskies are riding a four-match win streak and are a perfect 6-0 at home. Results of Friday's matches, plus live video and scoring will be available on GoHuskies.com. Admission to the match is free and complimentary pizza and soft drinks will be available between the doubles and singles match. Fans can also redeem free parking at the Kiosk outside the main Husky Stadium parking entrance (more info below).

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    SCOUTING PORTLAND: The University of Portland men's tennis team broke into the national rankings this week, coming in tied for 75th after an impressive win over previously ranked UC Santa Barbara last week. The Pilots are 3-2 on the season and are ranked nationally for the first time since being ranked No. 71 on April 19, 2005. Portland's highest national ranking ever was No. 70 on April 12, 2005. Head coach Aaron Gross' team features a mix of youth and experience that has produced quality early season results. Redshirt freshman Filip Zivkovic is 4-1 in singles play, mainly at the No. 2 spot, and 4-1 in doubles competition with senior partner Colby Jager. Junior transfer Charlie Yemm also has had a strong singles start, going 4-1 at the No. 5 position. The Huskies have never lost to the Pilots, amassing a 45-0 record all-time against Portland.

    RECAPPING THE GREAT NORTHWEST SHOOTOUT: The Huskies knocked off three ranked opponents in the process of winning the 2007 Great Northwest Shootout last weekend. The Huskies only dropped three matches during the four-team tournament (one doubles match, two singles matches). Washington took down No. 34 Middle Tennessee State 4-0 and both No. 42 Louisville and No. 56 Texas Tech 4-1. Andy Kuharszky and Patrik Fischer both went 3-0 from the No. 3 singles and No. 6 singles spots respectively. The Huskies have won the biennial Great Northwest Shootout four-straight times.

    FREE PARKING FOR TENNIS FANS: Thanks to a partnership with Cingular Wireless, Husky fans attending men's and women's home tennis matches will be able to park for FREE. Fans wishing to take advantage of the free parking will need to go to the parking kiosk located just west of Husky Stadium and tell the attendant that they are `here for Husky tennis.' Fans will be given a permit that will allow them to park in E-10 or E-11.

    RECORDS RACE?: Daniel Chu was able to catch Alex Slovic in the race to become Washington's all-time career doubles wins leader. Chu went 4-0 in doubles from Feb. 6-Feb. 11, while Alex Slovic was 1-1 with two 'DNF's' during the Great Northwest Shootout. The pair each has 72 career doubles wins to equal Eric Drew for the top spot in the Huskies' record book. Slovic also is fifth all-time in Husky history with 84 singles. He trails Eric Drew, who has 86 career wins. Slovic has a combined 156 doubles and singles wins in his career, putting him just two behind Eric Drew for a tie in third place.

    HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is ranked No. 15 nationally in the latest ITA Poll. Alex Slovic was the 24th-ranked singles player in the fall poll before dropping to No. 98 in the January rankings. The only other Huskies' ranked nationally is the doubles team of Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks, who began 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. The ITA will release new individual rankings on Feb. 21.

    UP NEXT: The Huskies wrap up their seven-match home stand on Friday Feb. 23 against Oregon at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25 against San Diego State at 12 p.m.

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