No. 18 Men's Tennis Opens Three Match Homestand

Feb. 20, 2002

This Weekend: The No. 18 Washington men's tennis team will open a three-match homestand this Friday, in which they will take on Sacramento State, Texas Tech and Idaho. The Huskies have faced both Sacramento State and Texas Tech one time each in school history and both meetings proved victorious for Washington. UW has faced Idaho 52 times and holds a 51-1 series advantage over the Vandals.

The Great Northwest Shoot Out: The Huskies wrapped up the 2002 Great Northwest Shoot Out with a 3-0 record last weekend. UW opened the tournament against No. 55 Louisville and downed the Cardinals, 4-0. The Huskies claimed the doubles point with wins from all three doubles teams, Christoph Palmanshofer/Alex Vlaksi, Matt Hanlin/Dillon Ruby and Peter Scharler/Ari Strasberg. Against No. 24 Indiana State the following day, the Huskies quickly downed the Sycamores, 4-2, claiming four singles victories from Hanlin, Vlaski, Palmanshofer and Ruby. On Sunday, Washington took on No. 49 Northwestern, defeating the Wildcats, 6-1, for their eighth overall win on the season.

Dynamite Duo: Husky tandem Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby are off to an impressive 7-1 start this doubles dual season. The pair has suffered only one loss in the No. 1 doubles position to Tieg and Swinnen of Oregon, 9-7, on Feb. 3. Ruby continues his dominance in the doubles chart, jumping from No. 23 to No. 15 on UW's list for doubles winning percentage in a career with .627 (42-25).

Fast Start: With an 8-0 overall record thus far in the season, the 2002 men's tennis team is off to the best start since the 1986 squad, under head coach Doug Ruffin, went 11-0 to begin the year. That team finished with an overall record of 26-7, the second most wins in school history.

Conference Play: During the offseason, the Pac-10 streamlined all conference play so that competition would come at the end of the season, gearing teams for postseason play. This year, the Huskies will head south to face California and Stanford in late March, only to come home to host Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, USC and Oregon in a five-match stretch through April.

Newcomers: Washington welcomes four newcomers to the squad this season. They include: Scott Felsenthal, Christoph Palmanshofer, Peter Scharler and Alex Vlaski.

Last Season: The 2000-01 Washington men's tennis team made history in the school record books. The team finished the year with a 20-8 overall record, and a 3-4 mark in conference play, good enough to tie them for fourth place in the Pac-10. The 20 wins were the most since the 1986 team tallied 26 victories. The Huskies earned their highest ranking ever, coming in at No. 6 following wins over No. 4 Georgia (4-3) and No. 8 Florida (4-1) in the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. They claimed the sixth spot from Feb. 21-March 20. After an impressive regular season, Washington had an even better postseason, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. The Huskies ended their season with a 4-1 loss to conference opponent, UCLA. Matt Hanlin earned the lone point for Washington with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, win over 13th ranked Jean-Julien Rojer.

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