Huskies Clobber Ducks 6-1 To End Regular Season
April 17, 2004
SEATTLE, Wash. - In the year's final home match and regular season finale, Washington's men's tennis team swept singles play to earn a 6-1 decision over the 50th-ranked Oregon Ducks Saturday afternoon at Quillian Stadium. The 22nd-ranked Huskies (14-8, 4-3 Pac-10) got the payback they were seeking, avenging an earlier nonconference 4-3 loss to the Ducks in Eugene. This match, however, counted towards Pac-10 standings and Washington played like it, dropping only one set in singles en route to the win.
The Huskies came out on fire up and down the singles courts, allowing no more than three games in the first set at every position. Freshman Chris Floyd put UW's first point on the board with a quick 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles. Junior Christoph Palmanshofer posted the next win, dropping only four total games at fourth singles to Oregon's Markus Shiller. Washington owned a 2-1 lead and was up a set in each of the four remaining matches, but the second sets were all closely-contested.
In the top two singles spots, junior Alex Vlaski faced Manuel Kost at No. 1 and freshman Alex Slovic competed against Oregon's Sven Swinnen at the second slot. Both Kost and Swinnen upset the two Huskies in the team's earlier meeting, one of only three dual play losses each for Vlaski and Slovic. It would not happen again. The ninth-ranked Vlaski raced to a 6-1 first set win and served for the match at 5-4 in the second. Kost, ranked 88th, saved a match point and broke Vlaski's serve to even the set at 5-5. The players then traded breaks again to take the match into a tiebreak, where Vlaski saved a set point against his serve and put Kost away, 9-7, on his third match point. No. 42 Slovic posted an identical 6-1 first set win over the 35th-ranked Swinnen and led 3-0 in the second set before Swinnen made a charge, eventually knotting the set at 5-5, but Slovic bore down and took the final two games for the 6-1, 7-5 victory.
The clinching victory came courtesy of junior Peter Scharler's 6-3, 7-6 (5) win at No. 5 singles over Oregon's Arron Spencer. Scharler trailed most of the second set but broke Spencer to take a 6-5 lead, only to have Spencer break right back to send the set into a tiebreaker. But Scharler responded with the 7-5 tiebreak win. With UW leading 5-1, the only question left was if it would be a clean singles sweep. Freshman Daniel Chu was the last match left, taking on Thomas Bieri at No. 3 singles. The two split the first two sets, each winning by a 6-3 score. Chu dominated the third set, 6-2, to pick up the 18th win of his freshman campaign.
'This is what we're capable of,' said Husky Head Coach Matt Anger. 'I wanted every guy on his court to be doing his best and not looking around and take care of the business on his court. I was disappointed some of the second sets weren't the same as the first.'
Tense doubles action came down to the No. 2 doubles match between UW's Slovic and senior Nick Weiss and UO's Kost and Schiller. For 16 games neither team broke serve, so the match went to a tiebreak at eight games apiece. Oregon pulled out the 7-5 tiebreak win on their second match point to clinch doubles for Oregon. Earlier, the 43rd-ranked team of Vlaski and Chu fell 8-2 at No. 1 singles. Palmanshofer and Scharler evened up doubles play for UW at third doubles, where they broke serve at 6-6 and Palmanshofer then served out the set.
The men now send representatives to compete in the individual Pac-10 Championships, April 22-25 in Ojai, California. Alex Vlaski reached the singles final each of the last two years and will be a favorite to capture the event this year. NCAA Tournament play begins May 14.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Oregon
April 17, 2004 - Bill Quillian Stadium - Seattle, Wash.
No. 22 Washington 6, No. 50 Oregon 1
1) Swinnen/Spencer (UO) def. (43) Vlaski/Chu (UW) 8-2
2) Kost/Schiller (UO) def. Slovic/Weiss (UW) 9-8 (5)
3) Scharler/Palmanshofer (UW) def. Bieri/King (UO) 8-6
1) (9) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (88) Manuel Kost (UO) 6-1, 7-6 (7)
2) (42) Alex Slovic (UW) def. (35) Sven Swinnen (UO) 6-1, 7-5
3) Daniel Chu (UW) def. Thomas Bieri (UO) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
4) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Markus Schiller (UO) 6-1, 6-3
5) Peter Scharler (UW) def. Arron Spencer (UO) 6-3, 7-6 (5)
6) Chris Floyd (UW) def. Chris King (UO) 6-3, 6-2