Huskies Denied in Pac-10 Singles and Doubles Finals
April 24, 2005
OJAI, Calif. - The Washington men's tennis squad had to settle for a pair of seconds today at the Pac-10 Championships, as senior Alex Vlaski fell in the main singles final and sophomores Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu were beaten in the main doubles final. For Vlaski, the Pac-10 title escaped him once again, as it was his third trip to the final and third time coming away emptyhanded.
Stanford's Sam Warburg did most of the damage to the Huskies' title hopes on the final day at Ojai. The second-ranked Cardinal senior defeated tenth-ranked Vlaski, 7-5, 7-5, in the singles final to win the Pac-10 singles crown for the second year in a row. The only other time an individual managed to win back-to-back singles crowns was in 1991 and 1992 when Stanfod's Alex O'Brien accomplished the feat. Vlaski was attempting to become the first player from a school other than Stanford, UCLA, or USC to win the men's singles crown since the tournament began in 1987.
Warburg rested an hour before returning to compete in the main doubles final along with partner KC Corkery. Warburg and Corkery were the NCAA doubles champs in 2004, and are currently ranked fourth in the nation. Slovic and Chu, ranked 15th nationally, had upset Warburg and Corkery, 8-1, in the UW-Stanford dual match just a few weeks back, but the Cardinal duo got their revenge today, pulling out an 8-6 win to deny Washington another title chance.
The 13th-ranked Husky team (18-4, 6-1 Pac-10) will now wait for the unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket. With their share of the Pac-10 title, the Huskies are likely candidates to host the NCAA Regionals scheduled for May 14-15.
Washington Men's Tennis
4/24/05 - Ojai, Calif.
Main Draw Singles - Final
(2) Sam Warburg (Stan) def. (10) Alex Vlaski (UW), 7-5, 7-5
Main Draw Doubles - Final
(4) Corkery/Warburg (Stan) def. (15) Chu/Slovic (UW), 8-6
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