Slovic Falls in Pac-10 Singles Final
April 29, 2007
Ojai, Calif. - Alex Slovic (Pancevo, Yugoslavia) fell in his bid to become the first Husky to win the Pac-10 Singles Championship, losing in straight sets to Stanford's Matt Bruch on Sunday at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif. Bruch, just a sophomore, cruised past top-seeded Slovic 6-0, 6-4 to win his second-consecutive Pac-10 singles title.
Bruch missed most of the season due to a stress fracture in his wrist and foot, but appeared plenty healthy in controlling the 87th-ranked Slovic from the get-go. Bruch entered the Pac-10 Tournament sporting just a 3-9 record, with one of those losses coming to Slovic back on April 7 in Seattle. Sunday's loss snapped Slovic's nine-match win streak and dropped his record to 21-10 this season and 97-40 in his career.
Slovic's appearance in the final was the fourth in the last six years by a Husky, with all four of those matches resulting in a loss. Fellow Yugoslavian Alex Vlaski made it to the finals in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
Freshman Derek Drabble (Johannesburg, South Africa) suffered a similar fate as Slovic, losing in the Pac-10 Men's Invitational Championship final. Drabble dropped a three-set affair with USC's Jason McNaughton, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4. The loss snapped Drabble's seven-match win streak and made his record 16-11 on the season.
Drabble was able to bounce back later in the day and win the Invitational doubles championship with Andy Kuharszky (Budapest, Hungary). The Husky duo beat Stanford's Dave Ryan and Eric McKean 8-5 to claim the championship. The pair, which formed the Huskies' No. 3 doubles team throughout the season, improved to 16-6 overall.
In other Pac-10 men's action, Bruch and teammate Blake Muller won the doubles championship. Bruch is just the fourth Pac-10 player to win both titles in the same season.
On the Pac-10 women's side, USC's Lindsey Nelson beat top-seed Susie Babos of Cal to win the singles title and UCLA's Yasmin Schnack and Riza Zalameda beat Stanford's Lindsay Burdette and Anne Yelsey to win the doubles title.
Washington, ranked No. 32 nationally, will wait until Tuesday, May 1 to find out where they will head for the NCAA Team Championships. ESPNews will announce the brackets at 11:30 a.m. PT.
Pac-10 Conference Championships
Day 4; April 29, 2007
Libbey Park; Ojai, Calif.
Men's Championship Singles
Matt Bruch (STAN) def. Alex Slovic (WASH), 6-0, 6-4
Men's Championship Doubles
Matt Bruch/Blake Muller (STAN) def. Robert Farah/ Kaes Van't Hof (USC), 6-2, 6-4
Men's Invitational Singles
Jason McNaughton (USC) def. Derek Drabble (WASH), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-4
Men's Invitational Doubles
Drabble/Andy Kuharszky (WASH) def. Eric McKean/Dave Ryan (STAN), 8-5
Women's Championship Singles
Lindsey Nelson (USC) def. Susie Babos (CAL), 6-2, 6-2
Women's Championship Doubles
Yasmin Schnack/Riza Zalameda (UCLA) def. Lindsay Burdette/Anne Yelsey (STAN), 6-1, 6-0
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