Men's Tennis Opens Pac-10 Slate
March 28, 2007
THIS WEEK: The 30th-ranked Huskies (12-3) head to Los Angeles this week for their first Pac-10 Conference matches of the season. Washington will face No. 9 USC (14-1) on Friday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. and No. 11 UCLA (11-3) on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m.
Live Stats Links: USC | UCLA
SCOUTING USC: USC (14-1) started the season ranked 40th in the nation and has jumped all the way to 9th. USC is 11-0 at Marks Stadium this season. Their lone loss was on the road against top-ranked Georgia. The latest individual rankings of the season (as of March 20) has Dejan Cvetkovic at #42, Jamil Al-Agba at #64 and Kaes Van't Hof at #107 in singles. Al-Agba/Cvetkovic also are ranked #36 in doubles. The Huskies are 4-20 all-time against the Trojans, but have won three-straight against USC by a score of 4-3.
SCOUTING UCLA: The 11th-ranked Bruins (11-3) are loaded with talent after finishing fifth in the NCAA Championships last year. The Bruins leader is 2006 NCAA Singles Champion Ben Kohlloeffel, who is 20-3 this season and ranked #5 in the nation. Also ranked for UCLA is #40 Haythem Abid and #65 Chris Surapol. The doubles team of Kohlloeffell and Phillip Gruendler is ranked #13 and 16-0 on the season. The Huskies and Bruins played twice last season with the teams splitting the series. The Huskies are 2-23 all-time against the Bruins.
PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic were awarded Pac-10 Men's Tennis Players of the Week for Mar. 19-25 after winning twice in Hawai'i. The pair became the first in school history to record 80 doubles wins when they beat Hawai'i's Weber and Heinemann, both nationally-ranked singles players, on March 21.
RECORDS FALLING: Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic are Washington's all-time career doubles wins leader with 80 each. Slovic also is fifth all-time in Husky history with 88 singles wins. Slovic has a combined 168 doubles and singles wins in his career, just the third Husky to reach the 160 win plateau. Chu is sixth in the combined wins list at 149. Slovic is also ranked fourth all-time with a doubles winning percentage of .755 (80-26), while Chu is 10th at .672 (80-39).
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is ranked No. 30 nationally in the latest ITA Poll. Currently, the Huskies ranked are Chu and Slovic, who are 31st in doubles. Slovic was the 24th-ranked singles player in the fall poll before dropping to No. 98 in the January rankings. He was as high as No. 83 in the Feb. 21 poll, but has since dropped out. Andy Kuharszky was No 122 on March 6, but later fell out. The doubles team of Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks spent several weeks ranked 35th.