No. 13 Men's Tennis Wraps Regular Season At Oregon Saturday

April 17, 2003

THIS WEEK: The 13th-ranked Washington men's tennis team (15-5, 1-5 Pac-10) culminates the 2003 regular season with a Pac-10 match against the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Saturday, April 19, at 12 p.m. The Huskies aim to end the regular season on a high note, after losing five of their last six matches. Washington split its Pac-10 matches in Los Angeles last weekend, losing to UCLA (7-0) but picking up its first-ever victory over USC (4-2) in the all-time series.

LAST TIME VS OREGON: The Huskies posted a 6-1 victory over the Ducks in a non-conference match in Seattle, on Feb. 28. Washington leads the all-time series, 105-5-1.

HUSKIES SPLIT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Continuing its five-match road swing, Washington snapped a four-match losing streak and made a bit of history in the process against USC. The Huskies, who trailed the all-time series with USC 0-19 going into last Friday's contest, defeated the Trojans for the first-ever time, 4-2. USC claimed the doubles point winning two of three matches, but the Huskies rallied back to take four singles wins en route to the victory. Tenth-ranked Alex Vlaski earned his 28th win of the season with a straight-set victory (6-3, 6-4) over Daniel Langre in the No. 2 position. UW's good fortune wasn't able to carry into the following contest with fourth-ranked UCLA. The Bruins dominated play on the courts, claiming the doubles point and winning all six singles matches in straight sets. The doubles pair of Matt Hanlin and Dillon Ruby were the lone Huskies to pick up a win, earning a 9-7 upset of 38th-ranked Tobias Clemens and Lassi Ketola in the No. 2 position.

HUSKIES RANKED NO. 13 IN LATEST ITA POLL: This week the Huskies moved up two spots to No. 13 in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings released by the ITA. UW's highest ranking of the season was No. 7 on March 19, which was also the second-highest in school history. The Huskies held a No. 6 ranking on March 14, 2001. Individually, the UW lineup features two nationally ranked singles players. Sophomore Alex Vlaski is 10th, while senior Matt Hanlin is the 26th-ranked singles player. On the doubles side, the pair of Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg checks in at No. 33.

UW SETS NEW RECORD FOR BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY: Washington's 6-1 victory over Pacific on Sunday, March 23, gave the Huskies a 14-0 overall a record which is the best start to a season in the program's 94-year history. UW broke the previous standard of 13-straight wins established last year. The Huskies' streak was snapped by sixth-ranked Stanford (5-2), on Friday, March 28. Since then, Washington is 1-5.

HANLIN ALL-TIME WINNINGEST HUSKY: All-American senior Matt Hanlin etched his name in the Husky record books, becoming Washington's career leader in combined singles and doubles victories this year. Hanlin currently has 173 combined wins under his belt, surpassing previous leader Eric Drew who had 158 wins from 1996-99. Hanlin also ranks second on the UW's career singles list with 103 victories. Former Husky Chet Crile (1990-93) holds that record with 108 singles wins.

HUSKY NET NOTES: With a team-high 28 wins this season, Alex Vlaski is now tied for third on UW's single season list...he is 17-2 in dual action, 28-4 overall...senior Matt Hanlin is second on the team with 25 singles victories...Hanlin is 16-4 in dual action, 25-6 overall...Peter Scharler and Christoph Palmanshofer have teamed to make a solid No. 3 doubles tandem...the pair is 10-2 so far in dual action.

UP NEXT: The Huskies will compete individually at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27.

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