UW Men's Tennis Sweeps Weekend Matches
April 2, 2001
This Weekend: The Washington men's tennis team, which is tied for eighth place with Southern Methodist University in the ITA's latest polls, will head to Arizona for its first conference action since the beginning of the season when the men took on California and Stanford. The Huskies will face No. 69 Arizona on Friday and No. 28 Arizona State on Saturday. Washington has not fared well against either team in the past, having been defeated nine out of 14 times against the Wildcats, and owning a 0-12 record against the Sun Devils.
The Streak Continues: The Huskies currently have a 10-match win streak, the longest win streak in head coach Matt Anger's six-year tenure at Washington. Their last loss dates back to the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, where they lost to No. 5 Duke, 0-4. Since then, the Huskies have posted wins over No. 8 Florida, U.C. Santa Barbara, No. 68 Oregon, Pacific, Virginia Tech, U.C. Irvine, Hawaii, No. 29 Arkansas, Gonzaga and Loyola Marymount.
Anger Claims Second Place: With a 7-0 win over Loyola Marymount this past weekend, Washington head coach Matt Anger moved into second place on UW's all-time list for victories in a career with 107. Anger surpassed Chip Zimmer's (1975-81) old mark of 106 wins. Doug Ruffin (1982-84, 1986-94) is in first place with 173 wins.
Last Weekend: Washington swept its weekend matches, defeating Gonzaga by a score of 6-1 and Loyola Marymount, 7-0. Anger shook up the roster on Friday, playing senior Marius Lunde in the No. 4 position, Dillon Ruby in the No. 5 position, and redshirt freshman Matt Leon in the No. 6 position. Leon's impressive 6-0, 6-0 win over Alex Kull was the first action of his UW career. Both Lunde and Ruby also posted victories in that match. Against the Lions of Loyola Marymount, Washington took all three doubles matches and won out in singles competition. Sophomore Matt Hanlin won his ninth match in a row, defeating Carsten Bitschkus in two sets, 6-4, 6-1.
Berman Moves Up: With his 6-1, 6-3 win over Loyola Marymount's Johannes Asuja, senior Jeremy Berman moved into second place on UW's all-time list for career singles victories with 87. Berman passed former UW great and All-American Eric Drew who earned 86 victories in his career. Chet Crile (1990-93) is in first place with 108 wins. Berman has an impressive 21-5 overall record on the season and also has an 11-match win streak.
Winning is Everything: The Huskies have already surpassed last year's win total of 15. The defeat over Loyola Marymount was the men's 16th this season, and the team has five more regular season matches to go. The last time Washington posted 20 wins was in 1985, when the team went 20-8. The record for wins in a season is held by the 1979 team, who went 30-4.
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 its 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.