Alex Vlaski Earns Second All-American Award

June 4, 2004

SKILLMAN, N.J. - Washington junior Alex Vlaski was named to the 2004 Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America Team, the ITA announced today. Vlaski, a native of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, earned the distinction for the second straight year, becoming the first Husky men's tennis player to make the team on multiple occasions.

Vlaski was one of 44 men to meet the criteria for ITA All-American honors. Players can earn All-America honors in singles and/or doubles based on their final ranking, advancement at the NCAA Championships and/or seeding at the NCAA Championships. Vlaski earned singles distinction for the second time, finishing the year with a 28-8 record and a No. 14 national ranking. He reached a high of No. 2 earlier in the season. Against ranked opponents Vlaski compiled a 20-6 mark including eight wins over top-25 players and four over top-ten foes.

In the fall, Vlaski became the first Husky to win a national title by capturing the All-American Championships with six straight wins over highly ranked opponents. En route to the title, Vlaski defeated Benjamin Becker of Baylor, who won the NCAA Sincles Championship last weekend, and in the final defeated the year-ending No. 1 player, Benedikt Dorsch, also of Baylor.

Vlaski was eliminated in the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships this year, and reached the semifinals of the Pac-10 Championships.

With 91 career singles wins, Vlaski is tied for third place on UW's career singles wins list with Jeremy Berman, and trails Chet Crile and Matt Hanlin for the top spot by only 17 wins.

Also announced Friday were the final ITA Rankings for the 2003-04 season. As a team, Washington (15-9) finished ranked 26th, advancing to the NCAA Second Round before being eliminated by Stanford. ITA Rookie of the Year Alex Slovic (Pancevo, Yugoslavia) finished his freshman campaign at No. 27, making Slovic the highest-ranked freshman in the country. Slovic finished with a 27-8 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Singles Championships, falling one round short of also earning All-America honors.

Three Husky doubles teams appear in the final rankings: Vlaski and freshman Daniel Chu (No. 27), Vlaski and Slovic (No. 43) and Slovic and senior Nick Weiss (No. 56). Vlaski and CHu participated in the NCAA Doubles Championships but were knocked out in the first round.

There have been six All-Americans in Husky tennis history.

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