Huskies Prepare for the Pac-10 Season
March 30, 2006
THIS WEEK: The No. 26 Washington men's tennis team (13-3) will begin conference play in Berkeley Calif. against the No.30 California Golden Bears (10-4, 3-2 Pac-10). The match will take place in California's Hellman tennis center at 1:30 pm on March 31. The Golden Bears finished the 2005 Pac-10 season in third with a 5-2 against conference opponents. The following day the Huskies will take on the No. 22 Stanford Cardinals (10-2) at the Taube Tennis Center in Palo Alto Calif. at 1:30 pm.
SCOUTING REPORT: The No. 30 California Golden Bears will enter Friday's match with a 10-4 record and 3-2 in conference play. The Golden Bears last played against No. 2 Pepperdine on Sunday, March 26, when they lost 5-2 to the Waves. California is led by No. 11 Conor Niland, who boasts a 13-0 singles record in the first position. On the doubles courts for the Golden Bears, Niland and Tyler Browne are ranked No. 57. The pair defeated the doubles duo of Rafael Abreu and Jordan Freitas from TCU in their last match. Entering Saturday's match, No. 22 Stanford holds a 9-2 record, with a win over No. 5 Illinois this past weekend. The Cardinals are led by freshman-phenom Matt Bruch, who is currently ranked No. 18. Bruch has posted a 17-5 record this season for the Cardinals and has also provided stability for Stanford in doubles with partner and senior leader KC Corkery. The duo is ranked No. 22 in the current polls. UW won the last meeting in 2005, however Stanford holds the edge in the series 3-29.
WAVES SWEEP DAWGS: The Washington men's tennis team suffered a crushing 7-0 defeat to the No. 2 Pepperdine Waves (19-1). The match took place in Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center where the Waves won all three doubles matches and all six singles matches. The competition completed the Huskies' spring break road trip where UW went 1-1 defeating Princeton the previous day. Washington had several chances to win some points from Pepperdine, however the Dawgs were not able to capitalize. Both Pierre Metenier and Daniel Chu pushed their opponents to three sets, but were unable to win the match. The loss of the relatively close doubles point gave Pepperdine the edge over the Huskies and eventually the match.
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 12-2 overall, giving him a winning percentage of .850. The single season school record stands at .850 by John McKay (24-4) set in 1978-79. in doubles play, Alex Slovic holds an .860winning percentage this season with their 19-3 record, good for fourth on UW's all-time list. Chu has 21doubles wins, seven shy of the single season school record (28). Slovic has 70 career singles wins, putting him at 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 .770 clip (63-18). For good measure, head coach Matt Anger needs just four more wins to reach 200 in his career at Washington. Anger is already the all-time leader for wins as a coach at UW (196-90).
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 39. Slovic has also teamed up again this season with doubles partner Daniel Chu finishing the season last year at No. 18. Chu and Slovic were positioned at No. 39 in the ITA's last press release, however due to their 19-2 record on the season including several wins over ranked opponents they jumped 20 spots to their current ranking of No. 19. Exchange student Jean-Noel Insausti has achieved a national ranking of No. 57 due to consistent play in the second and third singles positions. Washington moved up two spots in the current ITA rankings from No. 28 to No. 26. The jump was attributed to the Dawgs strong 7-0 win against Princeton last week in Malibu California. The Huskies have only suffered three losses this season, to No. 2 Pepperdine, No. 5 Illinois, and No. 9 UCLA.