No. 28 Washington Sweeps Princeton 7-0

March 21, 2006

Malibu Calif. - The No. 28 Washington men's tennis team (13-2) opened their spring break road trip with a win over the Princeton Tigers (4-7). The Huskies won two of the doubles matches and all six of the singles matches to dispatch the Tigers 7-0. The competition was held at Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu Calif. on March 21.

On the number one doubles court, Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu played up to their No. 18 national ranking with a hard fought 9-7 win over Princeton's Andrew Lieu and Hans Plukas. Klaus Jank and Andy Kuharszky followed suit in the second doubles position, defeating Alex Krueger-Wyman and Ted Mabrey 8-6. The combination of Princeton's number one singles player, Darius Craton, and his partner, Shannon Morales, proved to be a tough challenge for the Huskies' third doubles team. Mike Ricks and Jean-Noel Insausti were defeated by Morales and Craton, 8-4.

In singles play, both Ricks and Insausi were able to avenge their losses on the doubles court. Ricks playing number six singles, defeated Alex Vuckovic 6-2, 6-3. Insausti improved to 12-1 on the season, turning in a 6-1, 6-4 victory over the tiger's Andrew Lieu. Coming back from a short hiatus, Pierre Metenier played as though he hadn't missed a step. Metenier defeated Princeton's Sratha Saengsuwarn 6-2, 6-3. No. 39 Slovic defended his ranking in the first singles position with a straight set 6-1, 6-1 victory over Darius Craton.

Daniel Chu and Andy Kuharszky both displayed great resilliancy by winning their respective matches after having dropped their first sets. Chu defeated Shannon Morales 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(4). Kuharszky turned in a 4-6, 6-1, 1-0(4) victory over senior Hans Plukas.

The Huskies will finish their competition in Malibu Calif. with a match against the No. 2 nationally ranked Pepperdine Waves. The Waves were runners up at the ITA Indoor Team Championship held earlier this year in Washington's Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center. The match between UW and Pepperdine will take place at 1:30 pm in the Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center on March 22.

March 21, 2006 Malibu Calif.
No. 28 Washington def. Princeton, 7-0

1. (18) Daniel Chu/Slovic (UW) def. Lieu/Plukas (PU); 9-7
2. Kuharszky/Jank (UW) def. Krueger-Wyman/Mabrey (PU); 8-6
3. Morales/Craton (PU) def. Insausti/Ricks (UW); 8-4

1. (39) Alex Slovic (UW)
def. Darius Craton (PU); 6-1, 6-1
2. Pierre Metenier (UW) def. Sratha Saengsuwarn (PU); 6-2, 6-3
3. (57) Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) def. Andrew Lieu (PU); 6-1, 6-4
4. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Hans Pluas (PU); 4-6, 6-1, 1-0(4)
5. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Shannon Morales (PU); 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(4)
6. Mike Ricks (UW) def. Alex Vuckovic (PU); 6-2, 6-3

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