Men's Tennis Makes Mark At ITA West Regional Championships

Oct. 25, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - The main draw singles runs at the ITA West Regional Championships came to an end yesterday for three members of the Washington men's tennis team. Senior Christoph Palmanshofer and sophomores Daniel Chu and Chris Floyd were ousted in the Round of 16 at the Hellman Tennis Center, but all made strong showings over the weekend.

The main story for the Huskies over the weekend was the continued emergence of Floyd (Mercer Island, Wash.) during the fall season. Building on his success at the Bronco Classic back on Oct. 8-10 where he won his singles flight, Floyd picked up three more wins to run his record to 7-0 before finally succumbing to ninth-seeded Arnar Sigurdsson of the University of the Pacific in the Round of 16. Floyd's tournament run included an upset over the No. 7 seed and 2004 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year, James Wan of Stanford. Floyd downed Wan in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-2, in the Round of 32.

Palmanshofer and Chu each began play in the Round of 64 after receiving first round byes. Palmanshofer (St. Georgen, Austria), seeded eighth, defeated Stanford's Eric McKean and Oregon's Markus Shiller to reach the Round of 16 but lost a tough three set match to Junaid Hossain of Sacramento State, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3. Chu (Vancouver, B.C.) was given a ninth seed and showed that he deserved it with straight set wins in his first two matches over Vladimir Pino of Oregon and Portland's James Redpath. But Chu was also eliminated in a tight three-setter by Cal's Daniel Sebescen.

Also competing for the Huskies were sophomore Mike Ricks and freshman Andy Kuharsky. Kuharsky (Budapest, Hungary) had no trouble winning his first match in the Round of 128 but lost in the next round in two tiebreaks to Jakub Cech of Fresno State. Ricks was eliminated in the first round but remains alive in consolation play.

In doubles, Palmanshofer and Chu were seeded No. 5 but were defeated in the Round of 16 by a California tandem.

Aside from Washington, the ITA West Regional Championships featured many top players from California, Sacramento State, University of Nevada, University of Portland, UC Davis, Oregon, Washington, Stanford, Gonzaga, University of San Francisco, University of the Pacific, Cal Poly, Fresno State, St. Mary's, Santa Clara and University of Hawaii. The singles finalists and doubles champions automatically qualify for the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships held Nov. 4-7 at the University of Michigan.

Due to several rain delays, quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played today while the finals have been moved to Tuesday. Several Husky players continue to compete in the consolation draws today.

Washington Men's Tennis
ITA West Regional Championships
Berkeley, Calif. - October 22-24, 2004

Singles Round of 128
Chris Floyd (UW) def. Daniel Elefant (UC Davis), 6-4, 6-1
Andy Kuharsky (UW) def. Stephen Conching (U of Pacific), 6-0, 6-3
Timo Kienle (San Francisco) def. Mike Ricks (UW), 6-1, 6-3
(8) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW), BYE
(9) Daniel Chu (UW), BYE

Singles Round of 64
(8) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW), def. Eric McKean (Stanford), 7-6 (2), 6-4
Chris Floyd (UW) def. Andrew Hogan (San Francisco), 6-2, 6-2
(9) Daniel Chu (UW) def. Vladimir Pino (Oregon), 6-3, 7-5
Jakub Cech (Fresno State) def. Andy Kuharsky (UW), 7-6(2), 7-6 (5)

Singles Round of 32(8) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Markus Shiller (Oregon), 5-7, 6-0, 3-0 (Ret.)
Chris Floyd (UW) def. (7) James Wan (Stanford), 7-6(4), 6-2
(9) Daniel Chu (UW) def. James Redpath (Portland), 6-4, 6-4

Singles Round of 16
Junaid Hossain (Sac. St.) def. (8) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW), 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3
Daniel Sebescen (Cal) def. (9) Daniel Chu (UW), 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-4
(9) Arnar Sigurdsson (U of Pacific) def. Chris Floyd (UW), 6-3, 6-3

Doubles Round of 32
(5) Chu/Palmanshofer (UW) def. Cech/Tadevosian (Fresno St.), 9-8 (2)
(2) Briaud/Niland (Cal) def. Kuharsky/Ricks (UW), 8-6

Doubles Round of 16
Wallace/Maack (Cal) def. (5) Chu/Palmanshofer (UW), 8-6

Singles Consolation Round of 64
Mike Ricks (UW) def. Jimmy Powers (Cal Poly), 6-1, 6-1

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