Men's Tennis Set To Compete In Four-Team TCU Shootout

Jan. 29, 2003

The 19th-ranked Washington men's tennis team (2-0) will travel to Fort Worth, Texas to compete in the four-team TCU Shootout, Saturday, Feb. 1 and Sunday, Feb. 2. The Huskies are slated to face the host Horned Frogs in their first round match, Saturday. UW will face either 17th-ranked Pepperdine or 41st-ranked Pac-10 foe Arizona State, Sunday. Competition will be held at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. PT both days.

This week the Huskies moved up from No. 20 to No. 19 in the latest national team rankings, released Wednesday. Individually, the UW lineup features two of the top singles players in the nation. Sophomore Alex Vlaski is ranked fifth, while senior Matt Hanlin is the 11th-ranked singles player. On the doubles side, the pair of Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg check in at No. 18.

Washington opened its 2003 dual season at home last weekend with a pair of back-to-back wins over No. 59 New Mexico and unranked Portland. The Huskies blanked both teams by dominating scores of 7-0. UW only lost one match in the entire two days, with the doubles team of seniors Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby falling to Portland's team of Quinn Borchard and Peter Malacek, 8-6.

No. 35 TCU (3-0) is undefeated so far this season, its most recent win coming over University of Texas-Arlington, 6-1. TCU has also picked up wins over Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Saint Louis. The Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0) opened their 2003 campaign with a decisive 6-1 victory over Santa Clara. The ASU doubles team of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart is ranked No. 17. Pepperdine (5-1) has won three straight duals, including a 5-2 upset over No. 7 USC, Wednesday. The 17th-ranked Waves have also defeated Cal Poly, St. Mary's, UNLV and Pacific. Pepperdine's one loss was to Cal.

TCU leads the all-time series with Washington 2-1, while the Huskies trail Arizona State 2-13 all-time. UW and Pepperdine are tied 1-1 in their all-time series.

2002 RECAP:
Last year the Huskies compiled an overall record of 19-7 and tied for fifth in the Pac-10 with a 3-4 conference record. UW advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Championships for the second-straight year, falling to Auburn 4-3. The Huskies defeated Tulane 4-2 in their first-round NCAA match, followed by a 4-3 upset of No. 6 Stanford in the second round. UW's win kept Stanford out of the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1987. The Cardinal had won five of the last nine national championships. Freshman Alex Vlaski, the 2002 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, advanced to the second round of the NCAA singles championships, before falling to Stanford's David Martin. UW did not lose a single letterwinner from last year's squad (nine) and has added two newcomers, sophomore transfer Fred Sundsten (Larvik, Norway/Murray State) and freshman Patrick MacKay (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo HS).

The Huskies remain on the road next week, traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C. for a pair of matches against Virginia Commonwealth and North Carolina, Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9, respectively.

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