Alex Vlaski Advances To Singles Semifinal In Day Two Of Pac-10 Tennis Championships

April 25, 2003

OJAI, Calif. - Washington sophomore Alex Vlaski picked up a win over defending conference champion Rodrigo Grilli from UCLA in the singles quarterfinal to advance to tomorrow's semifinal during the second day of competition at the 2003 Pac-10 Men's Tennis Championships in Ojai, Calif., Friday.

The quarterfinal contest was a rematch of last year's Pac-10 final but with a different outcome. Grilli defeated Vlaski last year to win the conference singles crown, but this year it was Vlaski who came out on top. The Husky from Belgrade, Yugoslavia battled back from a first-set loss (2-6) to take the next two sets (6-2, 6-4). Vlaski, ranked 10th in the nation, is slated to face Stanford's David Martin, the 12th-ranked player, in the semifinal Saturday at 11 a.m.

Senior Matt Hanlin also advanced to today's main draw quarterfinal but fell in straight sets to Cal's John Paul Fruttero, 6-4, 7-5. Hanlin and his doubles partner, senior Dillon Ruby, were also ousted from the first round of doubles main draw, falling 8-4 to Parker Collins and Daniel Langre from USC.

Washington's other team competing in the doubles main draw, sophomores Christoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler, were defeated in the first round by Stanford's K.C. Corkery and James Pade. Sophomore Scott Felsenthal and junior Nick Weiss earned a win in the first round of the invitational doubles draw, but fell to the UCLA tandem of Lassi Ketola and Aaron Yovan in the quarterfinals, 8-5.

The Pac-10 Championships continue tomorrow with semifinals for both singles and doubles, and wrap up Sunday with the final matches.

2003 Pac-10 Men's Individual Championships
Ojai, Calif. o Friday, April 25

Pac-10 Singles Main Draw - Quarterfinals
John Paul Fruttero (Cal) def. Matt Hanlin (UW), 6-4, 6-1
Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Rodrigo Grilli (UCLA), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Pac-10 Doubles Main Draw - First Round (16)
Parker Collins/Daniel Langre (USC) def. Matt Hanlin/Dillon Ruby (UW), 8-4
K.C. Corkery/James Pade (Stanford) def. Christoph Palmanshofer/Peter Scharler (UW), 8-3

Pac-10 Doubles Invitational Draw - First Round (16)
Scott Felsenthal/Nick Weiss (UW) def. Jeff King/Kevin Patrick (Cal), 8-4

Pac-10 Doubles Invitational Draw - Quarterfinals
Lassi Ketola/Aaron Yovan (UCLA) def. Scott Felsenthal/Nick Weiss (UW), 8-5

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