Slovic Moves Onto NCAA Championship Quarterfinals

May 25, 2007

Athens, Ga. - Washington senior Alex Slovic beat Mississippi's Robby Poole in Friday's round of 16 of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships to become just the third Husky to advance to the quarterfinals in the last 52 years. Slovic's 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over the nation's 33rd-ranked player earned him the 100th singles victory of his career and a Saturday match up against Florida's Jesse Levine (check later for match time).

Slovic got off to a shaky start in the first set and was broken twice, but he rebounded well and was broken only once in the next two sets. Poole was able to break Slovic early in the first set, but the Yugoslavian was able to answer back. Unfortunately, the Husky All-American was broken again and Poole went on to win 6-4 in the first.

'The early part of today's match was a bit of a struggle,' said Husky Head Coach Matt Anger. 'But at 4-4 in the second, Alex was able to start serving better and hitting the ball more consistent.'

Slovic held a 5-4 lead in the second set as he and Poole both remained on serve until the Husky left-hander got the best of Mississippi's All-American to win the second 6-4 and even the match at a set apiece.

Slovic kept Poole against the ropes in the third set, holding his serve in his first three attempts and breaking Poole in his two service games. With a 5-0 deficit, Poole mounted a small comeback, but Slovic was able to serve out for the 6-3 win in the third frame.

Slovic is the only player remaining in the draw that is not one of the top eight seeds. He knocked out the tournament's No. 7 seed Stephen Bass on Thursday.

Slovic joins Alex Vlaski (2003) and Eric Drew (1999) as the only Huskies to advance to the quarterfinals since Bill Quillian reached the NCAA final in 1955. Both Vlaski and Drew went on to win their quarterfinal matches, but each lost in the semifinals.

The win gives Slovic 100 for his career, the fourth most in Husky history. He increased his Husky combined wins record to 183 (100 singles, 83 doubles).

'There are a lot of statistics in sports and none are more important than wins and losses,' said Husky Head Coach Matt Anger. 'This says a lot about the kind of player Alex is and I wish that we could have him around for 100 more victories.'

For complete results and times of tomorrow's matches, please visit:

Dan Magill Tennis Complex - University of Georgia
MEN'S SINGLES - Round of 16
[1] John Isner (Georgia) def. Ken Skupski (LSU) 7-6 (8), 7-5
[2] Somdev Devvarman (Virginia) def. [9-16] Travis Helgeson (Georgia) 6-1, 6-2
[3] Jesse Levine (Florida) def. Luis Flores (Georgia) 6-1, 6-3
[4] Kevin Anderson (Illinois) def. Greg Oullette (Florida) 6-3, 7-6 (3)
[5] Steven Moneke (Ohio State) def. Daniel Vallverdu (Miami) 7-5, 6-3
[6] Arnau Brugues (Tulsa) def. Andre Begemann (Pepperdine) 7-6 (4), 6-4
[8] Luigi D'Agord (Miami) def. Bryan Koniecko (Ohio State) 6-2, 6-3
Alex Slovic (Washington) def. Robbye Poole (Mississippi) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

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