UW Men's Tennis Earns First Conference Victory in 7-0 Win Over Arizona

April 5, 2002

SEATTLE, Wa. - The No. 31 Washington men's tennis team blanked No. 69 Arizona, 7-0 on Friday afternoon at the Quillian Stadium for its first conference win on the season. The Huskies improved to 15-4 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Wildcats dropped to 7-9 and 0-4 in the conference.

UW claimed the doubles point earning victories from the No. 1 and No. 2 tandems. Ari Strasberg (Ramat-Hasaron, Israel) and Alex Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) paired up for only the fourth time this season to defeat Wildcat duo Steven Capriati and Carl Hagman in convincing fashion, 8-1. Matt Hanlin (Birmingham, England) and Dillon Ruby (Westlake Village, Calif.) notched their thirteenth victory this season with a 9-8 win over Roeland Brateanu and Whi Kim. The juniors are now 13-4 overall this season.

In singles play, No. 46 Vlaski earned his fifth win over a ranked opponent with a 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 40 Capriati on the top court. In No. 2 singles, 68th-ranked Hanlin lost the second set in a tiebreaker, but held on to defeat Kim, 6-1, 6-7, 7-6.

Nick Weiss (Santa Monica, Calif.), still undefeated in dual play, took Colin O'Grady in straight sets in the sixth spot, 6-3, 6-0. Weiss now owns a 16-2 overall record this year. Strasberg earned his seventh singles win on the season by way of defeating Tom Lloyd, 7-5, 6-4.

Ruby secured his third win in five matches by taking care of Bruno Arapovic, 7-5, 6-4, while freshman Peter Scharler (Salzburg, Austria) defeated Hagman in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

The Huskies will continue conference action tomorrow, Sat., April 6 at noon against the Arizona State Sun Devils. The match will take place at the Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting.

No. 31 Washington vs. No. 69 ArizonaBill Quillian StadiumFriday, April 5, 2002

SINGLES1. (t46) Alex Vlaski (UW) d. (40) Steven Capriati (UA) 6-3, 6-22. (68) Matt Hanlin (UW) d. Whi Kim (UA) 6-1, 6-7, 7-63. Ari Strasberg (UW) d. Tom Lloyd (UA) 7-5, 6-44. Peter Scharler (UW) d. Carl Hagman (UA) 6-2, 6-25. Dillon Ruby (UW) d. Bruno Arapovic (UA) 7-5, 6-46. Nick Weiss (UW) d. Colin O'Grady (UA) 6-3, 6-0

DOUBLES1. Strasberg/Vlaski (UW) d. Capriati/Hagman (UA) 8-12. Hanlin/Ruby (UW) d. Roeland Brateanu/Kim (UA) 9-83. Lloyd/O'Grady (UA) d. Scharler/Weiss (UW) 8-2

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