No. 19 Men's Tennis Upsets No. 10 Stanford 5-2
March 25, 2005
SEATTLE- No. 19 Washington men's tennis opened the day sweeping all three doubles matches and carried that momentum into singles play, notching a 5-2 upset over Pac-10 rival and 10th-ranked Stanford at Bill Quillian Stadium on the UW campus, Friday afternoon. Freshman Andy Kuharszky's three-set win at No. 5 singles clinched the match for the Huskies, who earned the victory in their Pac-10 opener.
Washington (13-3, 1-0 Pac-10) began the day with an early 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point, highlighted by an upset on Court No. 1 by the sophomore duo of Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic over the nation's third-ranked doubles team - Sam Warburg and KC Corkery - 8-2. The UW senior pair of Christoph Palmanshofer and Alex Vlaski defeated Phil Sheng and Phil Kao, 8-5, at No. 2, while Kuharszky and sophomore Mike Ricks edged Eric McKean and James Wan, 8-6, on Court No. 3.
Once singles play was underway, Stanford (8-6, 0-1 Pac-10) evened the score 1-1 with Wan defeating UW sophomore Chris Floyd in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, at the number four position. But the Huskies stormed back with straight set victories by Slovic at No. 3 singles and Palmanshofer at No. 2 singles. Palmanshofer, ranked 75th, upset No. 33 Corkery.
Needing one more point to clinch the victory, Kuharszky came through, rebounding from a 6-4 loss in the first set to McKean to win the next two, 6-4 and 6-2. Senior Peter Scharler put the icing on the cake with a three-set win at No. 6 singles over Kao.
Last on the court was the much anticipated dual on Court No. 1 between second-ranked Warburg and 31st-ranked Vlaski. Warburg won the first set 6-4, with Vlaski coming back to win the second, 6-3. Playing the third set as a tie-break situation, Warburg was ahead 7-2 when Vlaski withdrew from the match due to cramping.
'Stanford is always tough year in and year out, today was a tough day and we played pretty well where we needed to,' UW head coach Matt Anger said. 'We were able to get the points on the board. I feel really good but at the same time I know we have to come back and play again tomorrow against Cal. Hopefully we can get through tomorrow and then I'll be really happy tomorrow night.'
The Huskies will continue their brief two-match homestand entertaining No. 29 California, Saturday, March 26, at 2 p.m. The contest will be held at either Bill Quillian Stadium or at the Nordstrom Tennis Center depending on weather conditions.
Washington Men's Tennis vs. Stanford
3/25/05 - Bill Quillian Stadium - Seattle, Wash.
No. 19 Washington 5, No. 10 Stanford 2
1) Chu/Slovic (UW) def. (3) Warburg/Corkery (STAN), 8-1
2) Vlaski/Palmanshofer (UW) def. Sheng/Kao (STAN), 8-5
3) Kuharszky/Ricks (UW) def. McKean/Wan (STAN), 8-6
1) (2) Sam Warburg (STAN) def. (31) Alex Vlaski (UW), 6-4, 3-6, ret.
2) (75) Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. (33) KC Corkery (STAN), 7-5, 6-2
3) (34) Alex Slovic (UW) def. (91) Phil Sheng (STAN), 6-3, 6-1
4) James Wan (STAN) def. Chris Floyd (UW), 6-0, 6-1
5) Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Eric McKean (STAN), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2*
6) Peter Scharler (UW) def. Phil Kao (STAN), 6-1, 6-7, 6-4
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