Slovic Wins Consolation Draw At All-American Championships
Oct. 10, 2004
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Washington men's tennis player Alex Slovic ended his run at the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships on a high note today, winning the tournament's consolation draw in impressive fashion. Slovic, a sophomore ranked 14th in the country, did not drop a set in his four consolation victories.
In today's final, Slovic faced Virginia's Somdev De Varman, a freshman making a strong showing in his first tournament. De Varman had already beaten the No. 28 and No. 111 ranked players on his way to the consolation final. The first set went to a tiebreak with Slovic coming out on top 7-3. Slovic had an easier time in the second set, winning 6-3.
The consolation draw was made up of 32 main draw entrants who lost their first round matches. Slovic barely lost his first round main draw match on Oct. 7 in a third set tiebreak, but clearly made the most of his second opportunity.
On Saturday, Slovic reached the final with a pair of wins over highly-ranked opponents. In the quarterfinals, he nearly shutout 26th-ranked Jeff Kader of William & Mary, 6-0, 6-1. Later that day, Slovic ousted Kentucky's 53rd-ranked Tigran Martirosyan in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-1 for his third win over a ranked foe in two days.
Men's tennis next takes to the courts for the ITA Regional Championships, Oct. 22-26 at Berkeley, Calif.
Washington Men's Tennis
Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships
Chattanooga, Tenn. - October 10, 2004
(14) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Somdev De Varman (Virgina), 7-6 (3), 6-3
Semifinals - Oct. 9
(14) Alex Slovic (UW) def. (53) Tigran Martirosyan (Kentucky), 7-5, 6-1
Quarterfinals - Oct. 9
(14) Alex Slovic (UW) def. (26) Jeff Kader (William & Mary), 6-0, 6-1