UW Falls to Auburn in NCAA Men's Tennis

May 18, 2002

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Andre Boz capped a furious rally for No. 13 Auburn with a win in the final singles match Saturday that clinched a 4-3 victory over No. 35 Washington in the NCAA men's tennis championships round of 16 at the Texas A&M Tennis Center.

Boz clinched the win for the Tigers from his No. 6 singles position. He broke a 3-3 deadlock in the team scoring by outlasting Husky freshman Peter Scharler for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

'Peter was up but he just got a little tight and tired and his body was locking up on him. He couldn't quite finish the match and the other guy made more balls at the end,' said Anger.

Auburn (20-7) advances to the quarterfinals to meet No. 4 UCLA on Sunday. Washington (19-7) was making its second straight appearance in the Sweet 16.

'Alex Vlaski had match point, Matt Hanlin was up a break in the third and Peter Scharler was up 4-1 in the third, so any of those three matches we could have won,' said eighth year head coach Matt Anger.

The doubles point was clinched by the Huskies whose top duo of Ari Strasberg and Alex Vlaski defeated the nation's 13th-ranked tandem with a 9-7 decision over Rameez Junaid and Tiago Ruffoni. In No. 3 doubles, UW's Christoph Palmanshofer and Scharler beat Estevam Strecker and Boz by an 8-3 count.

Washington got singles victories in the fourth and fifth spots to take a 3-0 lead in the team competition. Palmanshofer beat Mark Kovacs 6-1, 6-2 and Dillon Ruby won 6-1, 7-6(5) over Strecker.

The Tigers rallied to even the score with wins in the top three singles matches as No. 21 Junaid topped No. 42 Hanlin 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, No. 60 Andrew Colombo defeated No. 29 Vlaski 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5) and No. 50 Ruffoni posted a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Strasberg.

Washington reached the Sweet 16 with a pair of wins last weekend in Palo Alto, Calif. UW beat No. 32 Tulane 4-2 before a 4-3 triumph over No. 6 Stanford that marked the earliest exit for the Cardinal since 1987. Stanford had won five of the last seven NCAA championships.

The NCAA men's team tournament runs through Tuesday. Immediately following the team competition is the individual NCAA singles and doubles championships, May 22-27 also in College Station. Both Washington's Hanlin and Vlaski have been invited to compete in the singles championships.

NCAA Men's Tennis Championships
Round of 16
May 18, 2002
Texas A&M Tennis Center; College Station, Texas

#13 Auburn 4, #35 Washington 3
1. #21 Rameez Junaid (AU) def. #42 Matt Hanlin (UW), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

2. #60 Andrew Colombo (AU) def. #29 Alex Vlaski (UW), 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5)

3. #50 Tiago Ruffoni (AU) def. Ari Strasberg (UW), 6-4, 6-4

4. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Mark Kovacs (AU), 6-1, 6-2

5. Dillon Ruby (UW) def. Estevam Strecker (AU), 6-1, 7-6(5)

6. Andre Boz (AU) def. Peter Scharler (UW), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 *clinched team victory

1. Straberg/Vlaski (UW) def. #13 Junaid/Ruffoni (AU), 9-7 *clinched doubles point

2. #27 Colombo/Kovacs (UA) vs. Hanlin/Ruby (UW), suspended at 8-7 Auburn

3. Palmanshofer/Sharler (UW) def. Boz/Strecker (UA), 8-3

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