UW's Hanlin Wins First-Round NCAA Men's Singles Match

May 24, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. - Washington sophomore Matt Hanlin won his match, but junior Andrej Bizjak was eliminated on Thursday during the first day of the NCAA men's singles championships at the University of Georgia's Magill Tennis Complex.

Ranked 55th nationally, Hanlin rallied from one set down to defeat No. 57 Rameez Junaid of Auburn. After losing 1-6, Hanlin won the second set 7-6 by virtue of a 9-7 margin in the tiebreaker. Hanlin claimed the decisive third set by a 6-4 tally.

Hanlin advances to a second-round meeting with Erik Scharf of St. John's, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Mississippi State's Romain Ambert. Hanlin is the only remaining competitor for the Huskies.

Originally listed as an alternate for the singles competition, Bizjak learned that he would play just 30 minutes before the match when Georgia's Bo Hodge defaulted due to a torn pectoral muscle. Bizjak, ranked 56th, battled No. 35 Jean Simon of Texas to a first-set tiebreaker before eventually succumbing 7-6, 6-1. Simon won the tiebreaker by a score of 7-3.

Washington registered its best finish ever, reaching the round of 16 of the NCAA men's team competition. The 18th-ranked Huskies lost 4-1 to No. 3 UCLA on Sunday.

Dan Magill Tennis Complex, Athens, Ga.

Singles (first round, 64 competitors)
No. 55 Matt Hanlin (Washington) def. No. 57 Rameez Junaid (Auburn), 1-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4.

No. 35 Jean Simon (Texas) def. No. 56 Andrej Bizjak (Washington, 7-6 (3), 6-1.

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