Huskies Maintain High-Caliber Play In Defeating 68th-Ranked Brigham Young, 6-1
Jan. 31, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. -For the second straight day, Washington's 11th-ranked men's tennis team (3-0) had no trouble dispatching a ranked opponent in efficient fashion, knocking off the 68th-ranked Brigham Young Cougars, 6-1. Over the first three dual matches, the Husky singles players have amassed a 17-1 record, losing only two sets.
Washington's second-ranked singles star Alex Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) figured to have to work to beat No. 80 Erik Nyman of BYU, but that was not the case as the Husky junior All-American won in two easy sets, 6-1, 6-2. 61st-ranked junior Christoph Palmanshofer (St. Joergen, Austria) at third singles and junior Peter Scharler (Salzburg, Austria) at fourth singles both continued their high-caliber play, winning in straight sets.
Also continuing their key contributions were freshmen Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu. Slovic (Pancevo, Yugoslavia), ranked 53rd in his young career, has yet to lose a set despite playing at No. 2 singles, defeating BYU's Christian Hand 6-3, 6-1 to clinch the match for Washington today. Chu (Vancouver, B.C.) also continues to thrive, winning his third straight-set match in a row, 7-5, 6-0.
The Huskies took care of the Cougars in doubles action led by the duo of Palmanshofer and Scharler, who pounded their opponents 8-1 at the second doubles position. The team of Chu and senior Nick Weiss (Santa Monica, Calif.) returned to the lineup at third doubles to clinch the point for the Huskies with an 8-5 win. That left Washington's 11th-ranked pair of Yugoslavian lefties Slovic and Vlaski battling with Nima Roshon and Erik Nyman, who team with other partners to form the 22nd and 43rd-ranked doubles teams, respectively. The match went to a tiebreak where Vlaski put away Nyman's serve return with a slam at net to win the tiebreak 7-4 and complete the doubles sweep for the Huskies.
The lone setback occurred at the last singles spot, where Weiss lost a three-setter to the Cougars' Dominik Kaufhold, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Next week, Thursday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, Feb. 8, Washington will host the prestigious USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center and Seattle Tennis Club. The meet features 16 of the nation's premier programs including all of the top 13 ranked teams.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Brigham Young
January 31, 2004 - Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 11 Washington 6, No. 68 Brigham Young 1
1. (11) Slovic & Vlaksi (UW) def. Nyman & Roshan (BYU) 9-8 (4)
2. Palmanshofer & Scharler (UW) def. Kokurun & Kaufhold (BYU) 8-1
3. Chu & Weiss (UW) def. Hand & Medina (BYU) 8-5
1. (2) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (80) Erik Nyman (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
2. (53) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Christian Hand (BYU) 6-3, 6-1
3. (61) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Nima Roshan (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Peter Scharler (UW) def. Ivan Kokurun (BYU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Tim Bradshaw (BYU) 7-5, 6-0
6. Dominik Kaufhold (BYU) def. Nick Weiss (UW) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4