Washington Men's Tennis Heads to Eugene, Oregon
Feb. 23, 2001
The Rankings: The University of Washington men's tennis team was ranked sixth in the latest ITA poll, the highest ranking in school history. The Huskies climbed up 13 places from No. 19 after upsetting No. 4 Georgia and No. 8 Florida in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. Washington's only previous appearance in the top 10 was a No. 9 ranking on March 9, 1999.
This Weekend: The Huskies (7-4, 1-1) take to the road to face No. 68 Oregon and U.C. Santa Barbara in a tournament this weekend in Eugene, Ore. Washington holds a 100-5-1 series advantage over the Ducks and a 10-6 advantage over the Gauchos.
Last Week: The University of Washington hosted the 27th USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships over the span of four days. The Huskies faced No. 4 Georgia in the first round and upset the Bulldogs by a score of 4-3. The win was the highest upset ever since the Dawgs defeated No. 3 Mississippi State in the same tournament two years ago. In the second round, Washington took on No. 5 Duke and lost to the Blue Devils, 0-4. In the consolation round, the Huskies rebounded from the loss to defeat No. 8 Florida, 4-1. UCLA won the championship, defeating No. 1 Stanford, 4-2, for its seventh title in this event and the 18th straight year that a school from California has won the indoor championship.
Last Season: The 1999-2000 men's tennis team finished last year with a 15-9 overall record, 3-4 in the Pac-10, and ranked 33rd in the final polls. Washington received their sixth-consecutive post-season berth, competing against No. 26 San Diego State in the NCAA tourney. The Huskies started out the day strong as two of the three doubles teams won (Berman/Posavac d. Maiberger/Pest 8-6 and Hanlin/Woolley d. Coren/Hasson 8-6). In singles play, both Jeremy Berman and Mark Woolley defeated their opponents (Berman d. Webster 6-2, 6-4, Woolley d. Hasson 6-3, 0-6, 6-4), but the team couldn't hold on in the end, losing to the Aztecs, 3-4.
Rising Anger: With 15 wins last season, head coach Matt Anger moved up to No. 3 on UW's all-time list for wins in a career with 91, surpassing Windy Langlie's mark of 79 total wins (1931-33 and 1947-60). Anger needs only 15 more victories to tie Chip Zimmer for second place with 106 career wins. He also ranks third in winning percentage at .640 (91-52).
Progressive Posavac: Senior Andy Posavac is currently tied for seventh place on UW's all-time list for doubles wins in a career with 57. (Charlie Short, 1984-87). Posavac and partner, Jeremy Berman, have a 6-4 record on the season.
The New Look: Over the past summer, the Nordstrom Tennis Center was revamped to showcase the ATP-style purple courts. The ATP tour experimented with the new courts last summer with events in both Toronto and Cincinnati and found the color to be beneficial for both players and spectators to follow the ball. Washington is now only the third venue to feature the new courts.
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