DAWGS Tame the Pacific Tigers In A 7-0 Victory

March 3, 2006

SEATTLE, WA - No. 10 Washington men's tennis team prevailed over the Memphis Tigers in a 7-0 victory. The Huskies competed against the Tigers in front of a home crowd in the Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center marking the first meeting between the two programs. Washington is now 10-2 on the season, both losses coming from top-10 opponents.

The No. 37 nationally ranked doubles team of Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu came out firing in the number one position. The duo dispatched Pacific's Vestli and Zoravkovic in an 8-3 decision. Winning the second doubles match of the night and thus securing the first team point of the competition in the third position was the No. 39 team of Jean-Noel Insausti and Mike Ricks. Ricks and Insausti were able to rally off three straight games early in the set to secure a lead and eventually defeat Starke and Kelly of Pacific 8-4. Washington's second doubles team of Klaus Jank and Andy Kuharszky fought back from a 1-4 deficit to go up 7-5. Kuharszky and Jank were unable to finish the match due to the team point being won earlier by Ricks and Insausti.

Team co-captain and the 19th ranked player in the nation, Alex Slovic grabbed the first win for the Huskies in the number one singles position. Slovic defeated No. 79 Sigurdsson in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. The third team point for the Huskies came from Klaus Jank playing number six singles. Jank went down a break early in the first set to Memphis' Alan Kelly, however he was able to fight back and win in a tiebreaker 7-3. In the second set Jank was able to cruise to a 6-3 victory. Kuharszky clinched the match for the Dawgs in the fourth singles spot, defeating Tim Koniarski 6-4, 6-3.

In attempt to get extra match play in Coach Anger allowed the three remaining singles matches to be completed. Insausti was able to finish off his opponent, the Tiger's Jorgen Vestli, just after Kuharszky concluded his match. After winning the first set 6-2, Insasuti had to dig deep in the second winning in a tiebreaker 7-1. Daniel Chu was able to rally from dropping the first set to Moritz Starke in a tie-breaker to go onto win the next two consecutive sets en route to a 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 victory. Completing the match was Pierre Metenier. Metenier has been battling injuries all season and was forced to test his endurance in a grueling three set match. Pierre pulled out the victory over Vladimir Zoraukovic in the third singles position 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

The Huskies will round out their week of play with a non-conference match against the Memphis Tigers. Memphis is home to a pair of ranked doubles teams, both featuring senior James Spence. Spence holds a national ranking of No. 19 with teammate Sam Withell and is currently slated at No. 20 when paired up with Alex Jago. The match between Washington and Memphis will take place at 5:00 pm on March 5 in the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

No. 10 Washington def. No. 68 Pacific; 7-0
March 3, 2006 Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center

1. (37) Slovic/Daniel Chu (UW) def. Vestli/Zoravkovic (Pac); 8-3
2. Kuharszky/Jank (UW) vs. Sigurdsson/Koniarski (Pac); 7-5 DNF
3. (39) Insausti/Ricks (UW) def. Starke/Kelly (Pac); 8-4

1. (19) Alex Slovic (UW)
def. (79) Arnar Sigurdsson (Pac); 6-3, 6-3
2. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) def. Jorgen Vestli (Pac); 6-2, 7-6(1)
3. Pierre Metenier (UW) def. Vladimir Zoraukovic (Pac); 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
4. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Tim Koniarski (Pac); 6-4, 6-3
5. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Moritz Starke (Pac); 6-7(3), 6-2, 1-0(2)
6. Klaus Jank (UW) def. Alan Kelly (Pac); 7-6(3), 6-3

Order of Finish
Singles: 1,6,4,2,5,3

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