UW Men's Tennis Faces Cross-State Rival Gonzaga
March 7, 2006
THIS WEEK: The Washington men's tennis team (11-2) will complete its three-mach home stand with a contest against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Friday, March 10 at 5:00pm. Washington has yet to lose to Gonzaga, posting a 6-0 all time record. The match will take place in front of Washington's home crowd in the Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS: The 2006 season marks the dawn of a new era for Gonzaga men's tennis (1-6), as first-year head coach Peter MacDonald takes over the reins of the program. The Zags have three seniors for leadership this season, Bryce Cooper, Robert Penney, and GU's number one singles player Reid Arthur. Arthur returns for his senior campaign after posting a 10-18 overall record and a 4-18 dual match record. Arthur played mostly in the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots for GU last season. Washington and Gonzaga have played three of the same opponents; Idaho, Portland, and Oregon. Gonzaga defeated Idaho, but suffered two 7-0 losses to Portland and Oregon. UW won all three matches, defeating Idaho 7-0, Portland 7-0, and Oregon 6-1.
TIGER SWEEP: The Dawgs defeated two non-conference opponents last week, posting a 7-0 win over No. 68 Pacific and a 6-1 win over Memphis. The Huskies went undefeated in doubles and singles play when facing the Pacific Tigers. Daniel Chu made a three set comeback against the Tiger's Moritz Starke, winning the match 6-7(3), 6-2, 1-0(2). Memphis' only win came in the sixth singles position, where the Huskies' David Chu lost a tough match to UM's Bryan Bankester 6-2, 7-5. Washington defeated Memphis on all three doubles courts.
CHASING RECORDS: Halfway through the dual season, the Huskies are already chasing a few individual school records. Senior Jean-Noel Insausti has the potential to set a school record for singles winning percentage if he can sustain his stellar play. Insausti is 10-1 overall, giving him a winning percentage of .910. The single season school record stands at .857 by John McKay (24-4) set in 1978-79. Doubles pair Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu have an .895 winning percentage with their 17-2 record, good for third on UW's all-time list. Chu has 19 doubles wins, nine shy of the single season school record (28). Slovic has 68 career singles wins, one shy of tying for 10th on UW's all-time list - an amazing accomplishment considering he has another season yet to play. Slovic also currently holds the top career doubles winning percentage with a .782 clip (61-17). For good measure, head coach Matt Anger needs just six more wins to reach 200 in his career at Washington. Anger is already the all-time winningest coach at UW (194-89).
DAWGS ADVANCE TO QUARTERS: Washington was able to advance to the second round of the National Team Indoor Championships for the third time in the four years the Huskies have participated in the tournament. Seeded 12th, Washington faced off against the fifth seeded and No. 11 nationally ranked Virginia Cavaliers. After having lost to the Cavaliers in the NCAA Championships in 2005, the Huskies defeated their opponents in a 4-1 decision. Daniel Chu had key wins in singles and doubles where he clinched the match in the number five position, with a three set victory over Virginia's No. 46 Marko Miklo. In the quarterfinals, Washington lost to the third seeded University of Illinois 4-1. The sole team point for the Dawgs came from Alex Slovic in the number one spot, with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over GD Jones. The Huskies lost seven tiebreakers throughout their run in the tournament, including a pivotal doubles match against Illinois that determined the first team point of the competition. In the consolation round, UW lost to Pac-10 rival UCLA with a score of 4-1. Senior transfer Pierre Metenier provided the only win of the day in the second singles position defeating Mohamed Abid 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. Washington experienced a crushing blow prior to the UCLA match due to an illness contracted by the number four player, Andy Kuharszky. Without the sophomore team captain, the doubles teams and the singles lineup were forced to be reshuffled.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 19. Slovic has also teamed up again this season with doubles partner Daniel Chu. The duo finish the season last year ranked 17th in the nation and plan to build on their current ranking of 37th. Exchange student Jean-Noel Insausti has achieved a national ranking of No. 48 due to consistent play in the second and third singles positions. Insausti and junior Mike Ricks' chemistry on the court has been rewarded with a national ranking of No. 39. Washington dropped 11 spots in the national rankings, going from No. 10 to No. 21 in a week. Since being ranked 10th in the country, the Dawgs have faced two opponents No. 68 Pacific and Memphis. UW defeated both Pacific and Memphis 6-1, 7-0 respectively. The University of Virginia whom the Huskies defeated 4-1 earlier in the season, sit 10 spots above UW at No. 11. The only two losses of Washington's season have come from No. 2 Illinois and No. 6 UCLA.
UP NEXT: The Dawgs will have a week off from match play during the upcoming finals week but will then embark on their second road trip of the season, traveling to Malibu, Calif. to compete against Princeton and Pepperdine. Washington will face Princeton on Tuesday March 21 at 11:00 am and the Waves the following day at 1:00 pm. Both matches will take place in Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.