Husky Men's Tennis Garners No. 20 National Ranking To Start 2003 Season
Jan. 13, 2003
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Washington men's tennis enters the 2003 season with a No. 20 national billing according to the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings, released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Monday.
Washington's No. 20 ranking is the second-highest in Husky history, second only to the 1999 squad that earned a No. 18 preseason spot.
Vlaski and Hanlin's top-11 rankings make them the second and third-highest ranked men's tennis singles players in Washington history, and the highest-ranking pair of singles players ever at UW. All-American Robert Kendrick remains the highest-ranked Husky with a No. 3 billing in 1999.
The doubles tandem of Vlaski and Strasberg has also entered the UW record books as the second-highest ranked pair in Husky history. Eric Drew and Kendrick earned as high as a ninth-place national ranking during the 1999 season.
The Huskies' 2003 schedule features 16 teams ranked among the Top-75, including six in the Top-25. UW is slated to face No. 1 UCLA, No. 4 Stanford, No. 7 USC, No. 10 Cal and No. 16 Virginia Commonwealth. Washington's Great Northwest Shootout, held Feb. 15-16, will feature No. 31 San Diego State and No. 38 Tulane.
Also on tap for UW this year will be dual matches vs. No. 26 North Carolina, No. 41 Arizona State, No. 43 Purdue, No. 49 San Diego, No. 60 Fresno State, No. 61 Arizona and No. 73 Oregon.
The 2003 Huskies make their season debut against with No. 59 New Mexico at home, Friday, Jan. 24. The 5 p.m. match will be held on the UW campus at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center.