Huskies Outlast Tulane, Win Great Northwest Shootout
Feb. 6, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. - For the second straight day, Husky senior Christoph Palmanshofer had the hopes of Washington's men's tennis team resting on his shoulders, and for the second straight day he came through. Palmanshofer won his No. 3 singles match to lift the 18th-ranked Huskies to a 4-3 win over No. 17 Tulane and give the host Huskies (7-0) the title at the Great Northwest Shootout.
Washington trailed the Green Wave 3-2 with Palmanshofer and Alex Vlaski's matches remaining on court. After a marathon eighth game, Vlaski, a two-time All-American, broke Tulane's 59th-ranked Dmitriy Koch to win their No. 1 singles encounter, 6-4, 6-2. That win evened the match at 3-3. Vlaski improves to 6-0 in dual play with five wins over ranked opponents.
Palmanshofer had taken the first set from Tulane's Ted Angelinos, 6-3, but Angelinos fought back and served for the second set at 5-3, before the 79th-ranked Palmanshofer broke back. The two held serve from that point to force a tiebreak. At 4-4 in the tiebreak, Palmanshofer got a point against Angelinos' serve, fired an ace and then hit a serve which Angelinos returned wide on match point for the win. On Saturday, Palmanshofer had clinched Washington's 4-1 upset over No. 11 Ohio State by knocking off No. 40 David Mullings at second singles when the Buckeyes were close to pulling into a tie with UW.
'We hung tough and we were able to get the job done,' said Head Coach Matt Anger. 'They have a number of good players. They are a very good team. We've got to be pleased when we can pull out wins like that.'
Anger was also pleased with the performance of Palmanshofer. 'How about that?' Anger remarked on Palmanshofer's pair of clinching wins. 'I asked him if he had another year of eligibility.'
The Huskies also were pleased to welcome back ninth-ranked sophomore Alex Slovic to the singles court following a rib injury. Slovic, the 2004 ITA National Rookie of the Year, showed no lingering ill-effects in dissecting 81st-ranked David Goulet, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. Senior Peter Scharler accounted for the fourth Husky point at No. 6 singles, where he lost the first game to Jonah Kane-West before rolling of 12 straight games to win 6-1, 6-0. Sophomore Daniel Chu and freshman Andy Kuharszky were defeated in straight sets at fourth and fifth singles, respectively.
The Huskies surrendered the doubles point for the first time during the tournament. Kuharszky and Slovic gave UW an early lead with their 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles, but Tulane leveled the score when their top-ranked team of Angelinos and Hernandez earned an 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Vlaski and Palmanshofer owned a 6-4 lead, but Tulane battled back to win five of the next six games and clinch the doubles point with a 9-7 win.
With the victory, Washington clinched the round-robin Great Northwest Shootout title with a perfect 3-0 record. Minnesota was second with a 1-1 mark, Tulane third at 1-2 and Ohio State fourth after two tough 4-3 losses. Ohio State and Minnesota did not play one another.
Up next, the Huskies host Pepperdine on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Tulane - Great Northwest Shootout
2/6/05 - Seattle, Wash. - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 18 Washington 4, No. 17 Tulane 3
1) Sottocorno/Koch (T) def. Palmanshofer/Vlaski (UW), 9-7
2) (54) Angelinos/Hernandez (T) def. Chu/Scharler (UW), 8-6
3) Kuharszky/Scharler (UW) def. Kane-West/Goulet (T), 8-3
1) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (59) Dmitriy Koch (T), 6-4, 6-2
2) (9) Alex Slovic (UW) def. (81) David Goulet (T), 6-4, 6-2
3) (79) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Ted Angelinos (T), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
4) Jacobo Hernandez (T) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 6-3, 6-3
5) Alberto Sottocorno (T) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 6-2, 7-5
6) Peter Scharler (UW) def. Jonah Kane-West (T), 6-1, 6-0