Washington Men's Tennis Receives NCAA Tournament Bid
May 2, 2002
SEATTLE, Wa. - The No. 35 Washington men's tennis team (17-6, 3-4) received its eighth-consecutive postseason berth, as they were one of 64 teams selected Thursday afternoon in the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships.
Washington will face 32nd-ranked Tulane (18-7) in the first round on either Friday, May 10 or Saturday, May 11, on the campus of Stanford University at a time to be determined later. This will be the first time that the Huskies and the Green Wave have faced each other. However, there is some rivalry between the schools dating back to 1955 when Jose Aguero of Tulane defeated Washington's Bill Quillian in the singles championships.
Also competing at Stanford will be the sixth-ranked Cardinal themselves, against Sacramento State. The winner of the first and second rounds will advance to the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas on the campus of Texas A&M University, May 18-27.
Tulane was bested 4-2 in the Conference USA men's championship by the University of South Florida in late April. The Green Wave currently has two players ranked in the ITA's latest singles poll and one tandem in the doubles poll. Michael Kogan comes in at No. 20 and Victor Romero places at No. 56, while the two also combine to make the 19th-ranked duo in the nation.
UW's Matt Hanlin (Birmingham, England) and Alex Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) were both chosen to compete in the 64-man NCAA Singles Championships, beginning Wed., May 22 in Texas. This marks the first time since 1999 that the Huskies have sent two players to the singles tournament, when Eric Drew and Robert Kendrick were selected three years ago. Hanlin was chosen as an alternate last year and advanced to the Round of 16, where he was defeated by Brian Vahaly of Virginia, 6-1, 6-1.
The Huskies are coming off their best postseason ever in which they advanced to the 2001 NCAA Round of 16, posting wins over Hofstra and No. 13 Notre Dame.
2002 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis ChampionshipsStanford UniversityPalo Alto, Calif.
No. 35 Washington vs. No. 32 Tulane