Huskies Into Pac-10 Singles And Doubles Finals, Vlaski Sets Wins Record
April 23, 2005
OJAI, Calif. - All-American senior Alex Vlaski added a major piece to his phenomenal Husky career today, breaking the Washington career singles wins record with his 109th victory to surpass the mark formerly shared by Matt Hanlin and Chet Crile. The win came in the semifinals of the Pac-10 Championships, propelling Vlaski back into the title match for the third time in his career.
To set the record, Vlaski (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) had to go through Cal's Conor Niland, the ninth-ranked player in the country. Vlaski secured the first set, 6-4, but Niland ran away with the second set, 6-1. Vlaski righted the ship again in the third set, pulling it out 6-3 to set up his third final appearance. The third time will hopefully be the charm, as Vlaski was defeated in his two previous final trips. As a freshman, Vlaski broke through to the finals but lost to UCLA's Rodrigo Grilli. His sophomore year in 2003, another Bruin, Marcin Matkowski, prevented Vlaski from taking home the crown. His career record in the Pac-10 Championships now stands at 15-3.
Vlaski was not the only major story of the day for the Huskies. Washington will also be fighting for the conference doubles crown tomorrow, as the 15th-ranked tandem of sophomores Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu rolled into the final with an 8-5 win over Oregon's Thomas Bieri and Manuel Kost. Washington (18-4, 6-1 Pac-10) already won a share of its first ever Pac-10 team title along with UCLA, and is now poised to try and claim what would be the first Pac-10 singles and doubles crowns in program history.
The old singles record of 108 was set by Crile during his playing days from 1990-93. Hanlin then equalled the mark during his career from 2000-03. Vlaski's 109 career singles wins have been countered by only 30 defeats. His career win percentage of .784 also is tops all-time in the Husky recordbooks.
Stanford's Sam Warburg will be the common theme of tomorrow's final matches. The second-ranked and defending Pac-10 champion will be Vlaski's foe in the singles final, and afterwards Warburg will team up with KC Corkery to face Slovic and Chu in the doubles final. Warburg and Corkery won the NCAA doubles title last year and are currently ranked fourth. The singles final is slated for 11 a.m. while the doubles final is set for 2 p.m.
Washington Men's Tennis
4/23/05 - Ojai, Calif.
Main Singles Draw - Semifinals
(10) Alex Vlaski (UW) def. (9) Conor Niland (Cal), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Main Doubles Draw - Semifinals
(15) Slovic/Chu (UW) def. Bieri/Kost (UO), 8-5