Vlaski and Slovic Advance In NCAA Singles Championships
May 26, 2004
TULSA, Okla. - Washington men's tennis players Alex Vlaski and Alex Slovic both advanced today as the NCAA Singles Championship kicked off with first round play at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at Tulsa.
Vlaski is ranked 10th and picked up a 9-16 seed entering the tournament. The junior reached the semifinals of last year's NCAA singles championships as a sophomore, and took the first step towards this year's national title with a win over Jeff Kader of William and Mary. Kader had defeated Vlaski in November at the ITA National Indoor Tournament. However, Vlaski got his revenge with the close 7-5, 7-6 victory when it mattered most. Vlaski improves to 6-2 all-time in the NCAA singles championships.
Freshman Alex Slovic made his NCAA debut a successful one, losing the first set to 45th-ranked Erik Nyman of BYU and was tied at 3-3 in the second set before taking three straight games to win the set 6-3, forcing a third set. Slovic battled Nyman into a third set tiebreak, finally prevailing over his Cougar foe to earn just the second three set win of his career. Slovic's previous three set win also ended in a third set tiebreak, when he defeated William Barker of Rice in February. This marked the first time in Slovic's career that he came back to win after losing the first set.
Tomorrow, Vlaski will face No. 29 Nicholas Monroe from North Carolina. Slovic will be the underdog against 12th-ranked Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida. In addition to his singles match tomorrow, Vlaski will team with freshman Daniel Chu as the NCAA Doubles Championships kick off.
Washington Men's Tennis
May 26, 2004 - Libbey Park - Ojai, Calif.
NCAA Singles Championships - First Round
(10) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (58) Jeff Kader (William & Mary), 7-5, 7-6
(25) Alex Slovic (UW) def. (45) Erik Nyman (BYU), 5-7, 6-3, 7-6