No. 14 Washington Men's Tennis Seeks to Remain Undefeated
Feb. 8, 2006
THIS WEEK: The No. 14 Washington Huskies (4-0) will play their final two dual matches this weekend before the National Team Indoor Championships against the No. 75 Denver Pioneers (1-1) and the No. 72 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (4-3). The Dawgs will face the Pioneers on Friday the 10th of February at 5:30 p.m., Washington is 1-0 all time when playing Denver. The Huskies will have one day of rest before taking on the Guacos on Sunday February 12th, Washington has a 12-6 record against UC Santa Barbara. Both matches will occur in the Huskies' home court, the Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center.
SCOUTING REPORT: The University of Denver Pioneers are ranked 75th in the current ITA polls, this is attributed to their strong play against two ranked opponents thus far in the 2006 dual season. To open dual play for the season, the Pioneers took on the No. 32 Utah Utes and suffered a heartbreaking 3-4 loss. Denver was able to regain their confidence by upsetting the No. 71 Montana State men's tennis team emphatically 6-1 in just their second match of the year. The University of Denver men's tennis tam took the top spot in both singles and doubles at the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships in the 2005 fall season. Sophomore No. 28 Adam Holmstrom defeated No. 76 Mathieu Dehaine 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 of UCLA to take home the title and teamed up with Niklas Persson to beat Dehaine and Aaron Yovan of UCLA in doubles 9-5 en route to a second championship. The No. 72 UC Santa Barbara Gauchos are 4-3 opening their dual season after having faced a formable list of opponents early in their season. The Gauchos lost two close matches with a score of 3-4 to Pac-10 opponents Arizona and Arizona St. Freshman Carsten Thortenson has had a great season to begin his career at UC Santa Barbara. After having recorded singles victories over opponents from 20th ranked USC and 63rd ranked BYU Thortenson was selected as the Big West Player of the week on February 1st 2006. Earlier in the dual season, the Gaucho's were able to rally after losing the doubles point to upset the No. 63 BYU Cougars.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 32; Slovic also will team up again with doubles partner Daniel Chu. The duo finish the season last year ranked 17th in the nation and plan to build on their preseason ranking of 45th in the ITA. Transfer student Klaus Jank, arriving from the University of Freibug in Germany is also ranked in the ITA at No. 80. Jank was also ranked in the Top-50 German Junior rankings. These rankings reflect the latest posting of the ITA, which occurred on January 10, 2006. The ITA updated the team rankings on January 31, giving the Huskies a bump from No. 16 to No. 14. The rise in rankings reflects their three straight sweeps of opponents in dual play during the season.
A BRIGHT OUTLOOK: The Dawgs have started their 2006 dual season with a bang, rolling to a 4-0 record. Washington has shown great court chemistry early in the season posting an 11-1 record in doubles; despite three of the six players having been new editions to the roster this past year. In singles the Huskies are 22-2 in dual play with great play coming from senior transfer students, Jean-Noel Insausti and Pierre Metenier. Metenier made his debut as a Husky against the No. 36 Minnesota Gophers in the number two singles position. The senior showed his resiliency coming back from a break down in the first set and then carrying the momentum in the second en route to a straight set victory.
PILEING IT ON AGAINST THE GOPHERS: In their fourth dual match of the season, the Huskies rose to the challenge when facing their first ranked opponent of the season, in the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Minnesota had recently defeated 13th ranked Texas A&M and had jumped in the rankings from No. 54 to No. 36. The Dawgs responded to the challenge with a sweep of doubles play and taking four of the six singles matches. Washington played with their full roster for the first time this season, with Metenier coming back from his injury. The Dawgs won four of the singles matches in straight sets, with great play coming from No. 80 Klaus Jank, Andy Kuharszky, Jean-Noel Insausti, and Pierre Metenier. Junior Alex Slovic lost his first match of the dual season against D.J. Geatz of Minnesota. It was a hard fought three set battle and a heartbreaking loss for the 32nd ranked player in the nation.
UP NEXT: The Huskies will take a break from dual play for the National Team Indoor Championship, hosted at Washington's own Nordstrom Tennis Center from Feb. 17-20. The tournament will include the very best the nation has to offer including last year's National Team Indoor Champion Baylor, last year's runner-up Virginia and the defending NCAA champion the UCLA Bruins. The Huskies are honored and enthusiastic to host the tournament for the fourth time as evident in the following quote from Coach Matt Anger, 'first just hosting the event, making sure we're going to put on a special event. But then also for out team and the program. It will be exciting for our fans to see our team playing against the nation's best.'
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