Slovic Wins NCAA First Round Singles Match

May 23, 2007

Athens, Ga. - Washington senior Alex Slovic upset Illinois' Ryan Rowe in the first round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday. Slovic beat the 22nd ranked Rowe in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to earn a match up against Notre Dame's Stephen Bass on Thursday at 10 a.m. PT.

With the match tied at a set apiece, the No. 64 ranked Slovic asserted himself in the third set. The final set was tied at 2-2 when Slovic reeled off four-straight games to put away Rowe. Slovic held serve to take the 3-2 advantage and then broke Rowe to gain control of the match. Leading 4-2 and holding an ad-in advantage, Slovic was awarded the 5-2 lead when a frustrated Rowe was assessed a code of conduct point penalty. Slovic broke Rowe to seal the match.

'First, it was nice to just get into the tournament,' said Husky Coach Matt Anger of Slovic, who learned he earned a berth into the tournament on Monday. 'And then it was really nice to get the first round win.'

The win was the 98th of Slovic's singles career and increased his Husky record combined wins total to 181.

Slovic will need to beat Bass, the No. 7 seed, on Thursday in order to advance to the Round of 16 and secure All-American honors. Bass and Slovic played each other back on March 4 with Bass earning the 6-1, 6-4 win in South Bend, Indiana.

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