Alex Vlaski Topples No. 1 Seed, Advances To NCAA Singles Quarterfinal
May 23, 2003
ATHENS, Ga. - Washington sophomore Alex Vlaski toppled the tournament's No. 1 seed in straight sets, Friday, to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2003 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship in Athens, Ga.
Vlaski, ranked 10th in the nation, upset top-ranked Bobby Reynolds from Vanderbilt, 7-5, 7-6. It was the second time Vlaski had defeated Reynolds this year, after a 6-2, 6-3 victory at the All-American Championships in October.
Vlaski, the first Husky to reach the quarterfinals since 1999, will now face 14th-ranked Rameez Junaid from Auburn, Saturday. Junaid defeated San Diego State's Oliver Maiberger 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 in the Round of 16. Vlaski is the last Pac-10 player still alive in the singles draw.
Vlaski's trip to the Round of 16 guaranteed him his first career All-America honors, becoming the sixth All-American in the program's history. Vlaski follows in the footsteps of teammate Matt Hanlin (2001-singles), Eric Drew (1999 - singles, doubles), Robert Kendrick (1999-singles, doubles), Chet Crile (1993-singles) and Dick Knight (1970).
The last Husky to make it as far as the NCAA quarterfinals was Eric Drew in 1999, who also advanced to the semifinals that year. Jim Brink also reached the semifinals in 1948, while two players advanced to the finals (Bill Quillian - 1955, Wallace Scott - 1924). Wallace Scott was a National Collegiate Champion in 1924.
NCAA Men's Tennis Championships o Singles Round of 16
#10 Alex Vlaski (UW) def. #1 Bobby Reynolds (Vanderbilt), 7-5, 7-6