Anger Named Wilson/ITA West Region Coach of the Year

May 10, 2005

SEATTLE - Washington men's tennis coach Matt Anger was named the Wilson/ITA West Region Coach of the Year and senior Alex Vlaski was named the West Region's nominee for the ITA/John Van Nostrand Memorial Award, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced.

Both Anger and Vlaski are in the running for the ITA national awards that will be presented during the NCAA Championships, May 25, in College Station, Texas.

Anger's regional honor comes on the heels of his first Pac-10 Coach of the Year award. Anger guided the Huskies to a 6-1 Pac-10 record and a share of the Pac-10 team title. It was Washington's first title since the Pac-10's northern and southern divisions merged in 1998. In his 11th season with the Huskies, Anger has led UW to 11 postseason appearances including three-straight NCAA Sweet 16 trips from 2001-2003.

Vlaski will be the West Region's nominee for the John Van Nostrand Memorial Award that is a stipend which goes to an outstanding senior men's player who plans to pursue a professional career after college. Vlaski is a two-time All-American and a three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection. Currently ranked sixth in the nation in singles, Vlaski owns the Washington career singles record with 109 victories. He is the No. 8 seed in the upcoming NCAA singles championship beginning May 25.

Vlaski is the second Husky to earn a nomination for the John Van Nostrand Memorial Award. Former All-American Matt Hanlin was also a West Region nominee in 2003.

Up next for the Huskies, they will host Oral Roberts in the first round of the NCAA Championships, Friday, May 13.

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