Huskies Wrap Up Pac-10 Slate in Oregon

April 18, 2007

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THIS WEEK: The Huskies, ranked 31st in the latest ITA Tennis poll, head down to Oregon to face the Ducks in the Pac-10 regular season finale for both squads on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. The Huskies (15-6, 3-3) are currently in a three-way tie for third in the Pac-10, while Oregon (10-12, 1-5) is seventh. This is the final tune up for both teams before the Pac-10 Championships on April 26-29. Live scoring of the match is available at www.goducks.com.

SCOUTING OREGON: Saturday's match is the second this season between the Ducks and Huskies. Washington won in Seattle 7-0 back on Feb. 23. The Huskies were ranked 15th the first time the two squads met, while Oregon was 75th. Oregon is 3-8 since the last meeting between the two teams, Washington is 7-5. The match will be the 120th meeting between the two teams, with Washington holding a 112-6-1 advantage. The Ducks are a young squad with six freshmen dotting their roster. Their lone Pac-10 win came last week when the Ducks beat Arizona 5-2 in Eugene.

SLO-MOTION IN FULL SPEED: Alex Slovic has been on a tear over the last two weeks. The senior from Pancevo, Yugoslavia has went from unranked in singles to No. 74 after four impressive wins in a row. Cal's Pierre Mouillon, ranked No. 27 at the time, was his first victim (6-2, 6-1) followed by defending Pac-10 singles champion Matt Bruch of Stanford (6-7, 6-4, 11-9). Slovic kept it going last week beating No. 96 Juan Rebaza of ASU 6-1, 6-1 and No. 83 Claudio Christen of Arizona 6-1, 6-3. In his three victories over ranked foes, Slovic dropped nine games combined, while winning 36.

END OF AN ERA APPROACHING: The careers of the Huskies' three seniors is quickly coming to a close. Daniel Chu, Michael Ricks and Alex Slovic have all 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 82. Slovic also is fourth all-time in Husky history with 92 singles wins. Slovic has a combined 174 doubles and singles wins in his career, third all-time in Husky history. Chu is tied for fifth on the combined wins list with 153. Slovic is also ranked sixth all-time with a doubles winning percentage of 82-30 (.732) , while Chu just outside the top 10 at .656 (82-43). See a list of their records below:

PAC-10 HONORS: Alex Slovic was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week for wins over top-notch foes two weeks ago. 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.

DAWG BITES:
• Washington is currently ranked 31st in the latest ITA poll. Alex Slovic is currently ranked 74th in the nation in singles. He was ranked No. 24 in the pre-season singles poll.
• Andy Kuharszky leads the Huskies with a 22-7 overall record and 15-6 dual match record. He was undefeated at home, going 14-0.
• The duo of Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks are a team best 12-7 in dual matches, 19-8 overall. They reached a ranking as high as No. 35 during the season.
• Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic are 46-19 as a doubles team in their career. The duo shares the UW all-time record with 82 doubles victories. Slovic is 82-30 (.732) and Chu is 82-43 (.656).
• The UW is 5-18 against ranked opponents in singles play during dual matches this season, and 1-4 against ranked doubles foes.
• Washington is 12-0 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, 1-1 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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