Huskies Ousted From NCAA Singles and Doubles Tourney
May 27, 2004
TULSA, Okla. - Husky singles players Alex Vlaski and Alex Slovic were ousted from the second round, while Vlaski and Daniel Chu suffered an early exit in doubles play, ending Washington's run at the NCAA Individual Men's Tennis Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Thursday.
Vlaski, ranked 10th, was upset by 29th-ranked Nicholas Monroe from North Carolina in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, in the second round of NCAA singles. The junior All-American now falls to 6-3 all-time in NCAA singles play. Last year Vlaski advanced to the singles semifinal before falling to eventual NCAA champ, Amer Delic from Illinois. Vlaski culminates his junior campaign with a 28-8 overall record, tied for fifth on UW's season list. Vlaski is also tied for third on UW's career singles wins list with 91.
Slovic, ranked 25th, was unable to get past the second round of singles, falling to 12th-ranked Hamid Mirzadeh of Florida, 6-4, 7-6. Despite the loss, Slovic has put together a successful freshman debut, being named ITA Rookie of the Year and the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year. He ends the season with a singles record of 27-8.
Another upset was in store for Washington on the doubles courts, as Vlaski and freshman Daniel Chu were handed an early exit defeat by Joey Atas and Jeremy Wurtzman of Ohio State, 6-2, 6-3. Vlaski and Chu were ranked 19th, while Atas and Wurtzman came into the match ranked 25th. Vlaski and Chu, who just started playing doubles together in early March, end the year at 9-6. They also advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Championships.
Washington Men's Tennis
May 27, 2004 - Michael D. Case Tennis Center - Tulsa, Okla.
NCAA Doubles Championships - First Round
(25) Joey Atas/Jeremy Wurtzman (Ohio State) def. (19) Daniel Chu/Alex Vlaski (UW), 6-2, 6-3