Husky Homecoming Nets 4-3 Win Over Sun Devils
April 2, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - After six weeks on the road, Washington's men's tennis team returned home to make its first outdoor appearance of the season under clear, sunny skies at Quillian Stadium against Arizona State. All-American Alex Vlaski made sure the Husky homecoming was a success, holding off the Sun Devils' Christ Stewart at number one singles to clinch the 4-3 victory. The 19th-ranked Huskies (12-6, 2-1 Pac-10) picked up their second-straight conference win and second this year against the 37th-ranked Sun Devils.
With the Huskies owning a 3-2 lead, Vlaski broke serve against Chris Stewart at five games apiece in the second set, then served out the match in the next game. The first set saw the sixth-ranked Vlaski fall behind 3-0, before coming back to take six of the next seven games for the 6-4 first-set win. At second singles, 43rd-ranked freshman Alex Slovic easily notched his team-leading 22nd win of the year with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Clinton Letcher. Vlaski and Slovic had picked up straight-set wins over the same two opponents in the two team's previous meeting this year, a 4-2 Washington win. Junior Peter Scharler added the other Husky point by handling Ryan McBride in straight sets. UW's three singles wins came from the usual suspects as Slovic leads the team in dual wins and Vlaski and Scharler are tied for second, one win behind.
The longest match of the day took place at No. 6 singles where junior Scott Felsenthal took the first set against ASU's Nick Hegarty and forced the second set into a tiebreak. Hegarty picked up the 7-5 tiebreak win, however, and the match went to a third set super-tiebreak since Washington had already clinched the win. Hegarty thwarted Felsenthal again in the tiebreak, winning this one 10-5. The Sun Devils also won the third and fourth singles matches in straight sets over freshman Daniel Chu and junior Christoph Palmanshofer.
Washington's resurgent doubles play continued to shine as they swept the doubles point to take the early 1-0 lead. After going 6-5 in the doubles point to start the season, Head Coach Matt Anger made a lineup shift that has since produced a 5-1 mark. Slovic and senior Nick Weiss kept their partnership perfect at 6-0 with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles. Scharler and Palmanshofer clinched the doubles point by cruising to an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles. At top doubles, Vlaski and Chu trailed 4-6 against ASU's Stewart and Letcher but won the final four games to complete the UW sweep.
The Huskies take a day to recuperate tomorrow before clashing with the 21st-ranked Arizona Wildcats on Sunday, April 4 at 1 p.m. at the Bill Quillian Stadium.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Arizona State
April 2, 2004 - Bill Quillian Stadium - Seattle, Wash.
No. 19 Washington 4, No. 37 Arizona State 3
1. Chu/Vlaski (UW) def. Stewart/Letcher (ASU) 8-6
2. Slovic/Weiss (UW) def. Kinsella/McBride (ASU) 8-4
3. Palmanshofer/Scharler (UW) def. Biro/Hegarty (ASU) 8-3
1. (6) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Chris Stewart (ASU) 6-4, 7-5
2. (43) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Clinton Letcher (ASU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Christopher Biro (ASU) def. Daniel Chu (UW) 6-3, 6-0
4. Jonathan Kinsella (ASU) def. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) 6-3, 6-3
5. Peter Scharler (UW) def. Ryan McBride (ASU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Nick Hegarty (ASU) def. Scott Felsenthal (UW) 4-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (5)