Men's Tennis Heads to Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2007

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THIS WEEK: The No. 32 Huskies (16-6 overall, 4-3 Pac-10) head to Ojai, Calif., for the Pac-10 Individual Championships. The tournament will run Thursday, April 26 through Sunday, April 29 to decide the league's singles and doubles champions. The 32-player men's singles draw consists of four student-athletes from each school, and the 16-team doubles draw consists of two doubles teams from each school. The men will compete at Libbey Park in Ojai for all rounds. The Huskies will also send four singles competitors for the Pac-10 Invitational Singles tournament.

PAC-10 DRAWS: The four Huskies playing in the main Pac-10 Championship Singles draw are Alex Slovic, Daniel Chu, Andy Kuharszky and Patrik Fischer. The doubles team of Slovic and Chu will represent the Huskies in the doubles portion along with Fischer and Michael Ricks. The four Huskies participating in the Pac-10 Men's Singles Invitational are Derek Drabble, Ricks, David Chu and Andy Gerst. Drabble and Kuharszky will form one team in the Men's Invitational Doubles bracket, while Chu and Gerst will form the other doubles team.

HUSKY MATCHUPS
Men's Singles Championships (First Round, Round of 32)
Patrik Fischer (UW) vs. Tyler Browne (CAL), Thurs. 8 a.m.
Andy Kuharszky (UW) vs. Alex Cornelissen (ORE), Thurs. 9:30 a.m.
Alex Slovic (UW) vs. T.J. Bellama (ASU), Thurs., 11 a.m.
Daniel Chu (UW) vs. Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA), Thurs. 12:30 p.m.
*Round of 16 to also be played Thursday

Men's Doubles Championships (Round of 16)
Slovic/Chu (UW) vs. Chizever/Heavey (CAL), Thurs., 9 a.m.
Fischer/Ricks (UW) vs. Brooklyn/Miller (ASU), Thurs., 9 a.m.
*Quarterfinals to be played Friday

Men's Individual Singles (First Round, Round of 32)
Michael Ricks (UW) vs. Francois VanderMerwe (ARIZ), Thurs., 8:00 a.m.
Andy Gerst (UW) vs. Andrew Eklov (UCLA), Thurs., 11:00 a.m.
David Chu (UW) vs. Francisco Gallardo (ORE), Thurs., 12:30 p.m.
Derek Drabble (UW) BYE, will play at 2:00 p.m. in Round of 16
*Round of 16 to also be played Thursday

Men's Individual Doubles (Round of 16)
Chu/Gerst (UW) vs. McKean/Ryan (STAN), Thurs., 9:00 a.m.
Kuharszky/Drabble (UW) vs. Pickard/Wiechert (ORE), Thurs., 9:00 a.m.
*Quarterfinals to be played Friday

For a complete list of the draws, visit: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/Draws/EventDraw.aspx?T=43874

RECORDS WATCH: Alex Slovic is just two wins short of equaling Matt Hanlin's Husky record of 178 combined doubles and singles wins. He already owns a share of the Huskies all-time doubles wins record of 83 with Daniel Chu. Slovic is also fourth all-time in Husky history with 93 wins. Slovic's doubles winning percentage of .735 (83-30) is the fifth-best in school history, while Chu's doubles winning percentage of .659 (83-43) is just outside the top-10 list.

REGULAR SEASON IN A NUTSHELL: The Huskies tied for third in the Pac-10 Conference standings for a second year in a row. Since the Pac-10 Northern and Southern divisions merged into one on 1998, the Huskies have finished third or better only three times, all in the past three seasons. The Huskies finished the regular season ranked 32nd in the nation, with Alex Slovic ranked 87th nationally in singles and the doubles tandem of Slovic and Daniel Chu raked No. 59. Junior Andy Kuharszky leads the Huskies with a 23-7 overall record and 16-6 dual match record. The doubles team of Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks are a team-best 20-8 overall and 13-7 in dual matches. Mike Ricks is 22-8 overall in doubles, tops among Huskies.

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.

PAC-10 HONORS: The Huskies earned two Pac-10 Player of the Week honors during the season. Alex Slovic was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week on April 9 for singles wins over top-notch foes. 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:
• Alex Slovic is currently 87th nationally in singles. He was ranked No. 24 in the pre-season singles poll.
• Andy Kuharszky was undefeated in singles at home, going 14-0.
• The doubles duo of Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks reached a ranking of 35th during the season.
• Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic are 47-19 as a doubles team in their career. The duo shares the UW all-time record with 83 doubles victories. Slovic is 83-30 (.735) and Chu is 83-43 (.659).
• 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 2-5 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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