Men's Tennis Garners No. 11 Preaseason Ranking

Jan. 13, 2004

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington men's tennis team will open the season with a preseason ranking of No. 11, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced today. The Huskies also have three singles players and one doubles team earning preseason rankings, led by junior Alex Vlaski's No. 2 singles billing.

The Huskies, who have advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 the last three straight years, are one of four Pac-10 teams in the Top-15. Stanford is No. 5, UCLA is No. 7, and Cal is No. 12. Washington's No. 11 ranking is its highest ever preseason ranking, after finishing the year with a No. 12 rank in 2003. Defending NCAA champion Illinois is the nation's top-ranked team in the preseason, followed by No. 2 Baylor and Florida and Vanderbilt tied for third.

Vlaski, the 2003 ITA All-American singles champion and a 2003 All-American, is the nation's second-ranked singles player, behind only Jeremy Wurtzman from Ohio State. Vlaski's ranking is the highest ever for a Husky singles player. Vlaski also pairs with freshman Alex Slovic to earn a No. 11 rank in doubles play, the second-highest ranking for a doubles pair in UW history. Only the 1999 tandem of Eric Drew and Robert Kendrick were ranked higher at No. 9.

Slovic is also ranked in singles at No. 53, while junior Christoph Palmanshofer is ranked No. 61. Both are personal-best rankings for Slovic and Palmanshofer.

The Huskies open the 2004 season hosting Santa Clara, Friday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on the UW campus.

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