No. 33 Men's Tennis to Host UCLA and USC This Weekend

April 10, 2002

This Weekend: The No. 33 Washington men's tennis team (16-4, 2-2) will host Pac-10 rivals UCLA and USC this Friday and Saturday, respectively at the Bill Quillian Stadium. The 3rd-ranked Bruins are 16-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play, while the 10th-ranked Trojans are 16-4 and 2-1 in the Pac-10. Traditionally, UW has not fared well against either team, compiling a 1-18 all-time record against UCLA and having never beaten USC in 18 previous attempts. Last season included two matches against the Bruins, one in regular season action, along with a Round of 16 match in the NCAA postseason tournament. The Huskies lost 6-1 and 4-1, respectively. Against the Trojans in 2001, UW claimed three singles matches but could not hold on as the Men of Troy commanded a 4-3 victory on their own home courts.

Last Weekend: The Huskies swept the Arizona schools for the first time in school history, posting two 7-0 shutouts over No. 69 Arizona and No. 38 Arizona State. The two wins evened the Huskies' Pac-10 record to 2-2. UW jumped off to a fast start against the Wildcats, with doubles wins from Ari Strasberg and Alex Vlaski, along with junior tandem, Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby. In singles action, Vlaski earned his fifth win over a ranked opponent with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of No. 40 Steven Capriati. In Saturday's match against the Sun Devils, Christoph Palmanshofer earned his tenth win on the year by defeating Mirza Duranovic, 6-2, 6-3.

Mighty Matt: With his 7-6, 6-1 win over ASU's Pim Van Mele, Matt Hanlin notched his 70th win in three years at Washington. Hanlin now owns a 70-29 overall record (.707), good enough to move him up to seventh place on UW's all-time list for singles wins in a career. He would need 39 wins over the remaining part of this year and next to capture first place which is held by Chet Crile who earned 108 wins from 1990-93.

Doubles For Dillon: Junior Dillon Ruby has made an impact on the Washington doubles record books, owning an all-time 49-28 record through almost three complete seasons of play, placing him at No. 17 on the school charts. Ruby also is ranked 13th on UW's list for all-time doubles winning percentage at .636.

Fab Four: A big part of UW's success this season is due in part to the four freshmen, Scott Felsenthal, Christoph Palmanshofer, Peter Scharler and Alex Vlaski. The group has amassed 46 singles victories, almost half of Washington's 102 total and accounts for 36 of the 82 doubles wins.

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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