No. 34 Huskies host ASU, Arizona
April 11, 2007
THIS WEEK: The 34th-ranked Huskies (13-6, 1-3) wrap up the home portion of their schedule with a pair of matches against the Arizona schools. Washington will take on No. 49 Arizona State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Arizona on Suday at 1:30 p.m. Sunday's match will mark the last home appearance of the Huskies three seniors: Daniel Chu, Michael Ricks and Alex Slovic. The matches will take place at Bill Quilian Stadium, weather permitting, or the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Admission to the matches is free and fans can redeem free parking by checking in at the kiosk located west of Husky Stadium. Free pizza and complimentary soft drinks will be served in between the doubles and singles matches. Live scoring and video will be available at GoHuskies.com.
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE: No. 49 Arizona State (11-8, 2-2) is a relatively young team this season. Playing No. 1 for them is freshman Matt Brooklyn and he is more than holding his own for the Sun Devils. Brooklyn was the Pac-10 Player of the Week just a week ago and leads Pac-10 freshmen with 22 wins this season. The Sun Devils No. 2 player Juan Rebaza was ranked 96th in the last ITA singles poll, making him the only ranked ASU singles player. The doubles team of Brooklyn and Wes Miller are ranked 57th in the nation, setting up a potential battle with the Huskies 43rd-ranked team of Chu and Slovic at No. 1. The Huskies trail in the all-time series against ASU with a 6-14 mark against the team from Tempe, but have won the last three matches between the two teams.
SCOUTING ARIZONA: The Arizona men's tennis team (5-14) continues a difficult tour through the Pac-10 this week as they travel north to face Oregon (9-11) and Washington. In the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings, the Wildcats had been ranked most of the season, but just fell out. Claudio Christen is Arizona's only ranked singles player at No. 83 in the last poll. Arizona has a slight lead in the all-time series against the Huskies with a 9-11 advantage, but Washington has won three straight against the Wildcats.
FAREWELL SENIORS: Sunday's match will mark the last home appearances of the Huskies' three seniors: Daniel Chu, Michael Ricks and Alex Slovic. The three have left their marks on the Husky program in many ways. The trio have been an intergal part of teams that have made three NCAA appearances--including two Sweet 16's, won the school's first Pac-10 Conference title in 2005, and posted consecutive 20 win seasons in 2005 and 2006. Chu and Slovic are Washington's all-time career doubles wins leader with 81. Slovic also is fifth all-time in Husky history with 90 singles wins. Slovic has a combined 171 doubles and singles wins in his career, third all-time in Husky history. Chu is sixth in the combined wins list at 152. Slovic is also ranked fifth all-time with a doubles winning percentage of 81-29 (.736) , while Chu just outside the top 10 at .659 (81-42). Here are some of the records that Slovic and Chu are chasing.
PAC-10 HONORS: Alex Slovic was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week for wins over top-notch foes this past week. Slovic beat 27th-ranked Pierre Mouillon of Cal and defending Pac-10 singles champion Matt Bruch. He notched his 90th career singles win against Bruch, just the fifth Husky to reach the 90 win plateau. The honor is the second this season for Slovic. He and Daniel Chu won as a doubles team back on March 26.
Washington is currently ranked 34th in the latest ITA poll. The doubles team of Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic is ranked 43rd in the nation.
Andy Kuharszky leads the Huskies with a 20-7 overall record and 13-6 dual match record.
The duo of Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks are a team best 11-6 in dual matches, 18-7 overall. They reached a ranking as high as No. 35 during the season.
Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic are 45-18 as a doubles team in their career. The duo shares the UW all-time record with 81 doubles victories. Slovic is 81-29 (.736) and Chu is 81-42 (.659).
The UW is 3-18 against ranked opponents in singles play during dual matches this season, and 1-3 against ranked doubles foes.
Washington is 11-0 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, 0-1 at Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium and 1-5 on the road this season. All five of the road losses were against teams ranked in the top-25. The last win on the road against a ranked opponent was May 14, 2006 when the UW beat #12 VCU in the NCAA Second Round.
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