No. 11 Men's Tennis Upset By No. 40 Arizona State 4-3

April 4, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - Eleventh-ranked Washington men's team was upset by No. 40 Arizona State, 4-3, in a Pac-10 match contested at ASU's Whiteman Tennis Center in Tempe, Ariz., Friday afternoon.

The loss was the third-straight for the Huskies (14-3 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) who opened the season with a perfect non-conference record of 14-0. With the victory, the Sun Devils improved to 7-9 overall and 3-1 in Pac-10 play.

Washington opened the day on a high note, clinching the doubles point with wins from the 53rd-ranked team of senior Ari Strasberg and sophomore Alex Vlaski and the senior pair of Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby, at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, respectively. At No. 3 doubles, the sophomore tandem of Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler lost a tight 9-8 (7) decision.

The Huskies lost their momentum in the singles portion of the day. Only Vlaski and Hanlin were able put wins under their belt, as eighth-ranked Vlaski defeated Pim Van Mele in straight sets (6-3, 7-5) at No. 1 singles and 19th-ranked Hanlin defeated Clinton Letcher (6-7(5), 6-0, 6-1) at No. 2. All four of the Sun Devils' wins came at No. 3 through No. 6 singles.

Washington continues its five-match road trip with a Pac-10 contest vs. Arizona in Tucson, Saturday, April 5, at 12 p.m. PT.

Washington Men's Tennis vs. Arizona State
April 4, 2003 o Whiteman Tennis Center, Tempe, Ariz.
#40 Arizona State 4, #11 Washington 3

1.) #8 Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Pim Van Mele (ASU) 6-3, 7-5
2.) #19 Matt Hanlin (UW) def. Clinton Letcher (ASU) 6-7(5), 6-0, 6-1
3.) Chris Stewart (ASU) def. Fred Sundsten (UW) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
4.) Chris Letcher (ASU) def. Ari Strasberg (UW) 7-5, 6-1
5.) Olivier Charroin (ASU) def. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) 6-1, 6-3
6.) Ryan McBride (ASU) def. Dillon Ruby (UW) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

1.) #53 Strasberg/Vlaski (UW) def. Chris Letcher/Stewart (ASU) 9-8(8)
2.) Hanlin/Ruby (UW) def. Clinton Letcher/Charroin (ASU) 8-6
3.) McBride/Van Mele (ASU) def. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) 9-8 (7)

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