No. 26 UW Men's Tennis Suffers First Loss on the Season

March 23, 2002

MALIBU, Calif. - The 26th-ranked Washington men's tennis team (13-1, 0-0) lost its first match on the season in a close 4-3 battle against No. 31 Texas Christian University at the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

The four-team Pepperdine Invitational also included the host Waves, who defeated No. 33 Arizona State, 4-0. Pepperdine and TCU will play in the championship match Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies got off to a fast start earning the doubles point, as both the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles tandems notched victories. Matt Hanlin (Birmingham, England) and Dillon Ruby (Westlake Village, Calif.) were victorious defeating Chris Brandi and Alex Menichini, 9-7. Peter Scharler (Salzburg, Austria) and Ari Strasberg (Ramat-Hasaron, Israel) beat Jacob Martin and Daniel Scholten, 8-3.

No. 84 Hanlin secured his tenth-straight win, defeating No. 70 Fabrizio Sestini in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, while No. 39 Alex Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) took care of Toni Gordon in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

However, the Huskies could not hold on as four other players went down. In No. 3 singles, TCU's Menichini defeated Christoph Palmanshofer (St. Georgen, Austria), 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 to clinch the win for the Horned Frogs.

UW's Ruby lost his first dual match on the year as Scholten defeated the Husky, 6-4, 6-1. Playing No. 4 singles, Strasberg lost to Martin in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, while Scharler lost a 6-4, 6-3 match to Daniel Wajnberg.

Washington will face Arizona State in the consolation match on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

No. 26 Washington vs. No. 31 TCURalphs-Straus Tennis CenterSaturday, March 23, 2002

SINGLES1. (84) Matt Hanlin (UW) d. (70) Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-42. (39) Alex Vlaski (UW) d. Toni Gordon (TCU) 6-1, 6-43. (99) Alex Menichini (TCU) d. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) 6-2, 6-7, 6-14. Jacob Martin (TCU) d. Ari Strasberg (UW) 6-2, 7-55. Daniel Wajnberg (TCU) d. Peter Scharler (UW) 6-4, 6-36. Daniel Scholten (TCU) d. Dillon Ruby (UW) 6-4, 6-1

DOUBLES1. Gordon/Scholten (TCU) d. Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW) 8-32. Hanlin/Ruby (UW) d. Chris Brandi/Menichini (TCU) 9-73. Scharler/Strasberg (UW) d. Martin/Scholten (TCU) 8-3

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