Slovic Advances to NCAA Tennis Sweet 16
May 24, 2007
Athens, Ga. - Husky senior Alex Slovic continued his impromptu march through the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship, beating the tournament's No. 7 seed Stephen Bass of Notre Dame on Thursday.
Slovic, who found out on Monday that he earned an at-large berth into the championships, took out Bass in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 to earn his first career All-America honor and avenge an earlier loss in the season. Bass beat Slovic on March 4, 6-1, 6-4 in a dual match.
Slovic, ranked 64th nationally, controlled much of the match from the get go. The Yugoslavian jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and eventually won 6-3. Bass came out strong in the second frame, jumping out to the 2-0 lead. Both players then held serve until Slovic broke Bass while trailing 4-2. With the match knotted at 4-4, Slovic again broke Bass and then served out the match to notch his 99th career win.
Slovic is the seventh Husky to earn All-America honors and the first since fellow countryman Alex Vlaski did so from 2003-2005. If he can win again on Friday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, he will become just the third Husky in the last 50 years to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Slovic will face Mississippi's Robbye Poole, ranked 33rd in the nation, in the third round on Friday.
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