Huskies Return Home For a Pac-10 Showdown

April 13, 2006

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THIS WEEK: No. 20 Washington (15-4, 2-1) will resume conference play on its home courts this weekend against the No. 50 USC Trojans (7-12, 2-7 Pac-10) and the No. 7 UCLA Bruins (15-4, 9-1 Pac-10). The Huskies will take on USC at Bill Quillian Stadium (weather permitting) at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14 and will then turn around to face the Bruins Saturday at 2:30 pm. Washington split the Pac-10 title with UCLA in the 2005 season compiling a 5-1 record in conference play. If the Huskies are able to pull off the upset against the Bruins they should have a chance to repeat the feat for only the second time in school history. Live scoring and live video for both Husky matches this weekend will be available at GoHuskies.com.

SCOUTING REPORT: The No. 50 Trojans will enter Friday's match with a 7-12 record and 2-7 in Pac-10 play. USC has dropped for straight matches in conference play. In the team's last outting, the Trojans lost to Stanford in a tight 4-3 desicion. The Trojans are lead by Dejan Cvetkovic in the first singles and doubles positions. Cvetkovic holds a 9-13 singles record and a 10-10 mark in doubles action. Entering Sunday's match, No. 7 UCLA holds a 15-4 record, coming off a 4-3 win over No. 24 Cal this past weekend. The Buins are led by junior leader Benjamin Kohlloeffel, who is currently ranked No. 1. Kohlloeffel has posted an 34-4 record this season for UCLA and has also provided stability in doubles with partner Philipp Gruendler . UCLA won the last meeting against the Huskies during the ITA Indoor National Championship, 4-1.

CHASING RECORDS: Halfway through conference play this season, the Huskies are already chasing a few individual school records. In doubles play, Alex Slovic holds an .875 winning percentage this season with their 21-4 record, good for third on UW's all-time list. Chu has 23 doubles wins, five shy of the single season school record (28). Slovic has 71 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 .765 clip (65-20). For good measure, head coach Matt Anger needs just two more wins to reach 200 in his career at Washington. Anger is already the all-time leader for wins as a coach at UW (198-91).

SUNNY ARIZONA: The Washington men's tennis team climbed to 15-4 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10 due to a 4-3 win over #51 Arizona State (8-11, 2-3) followed by a 5-2 victory against the #39 Arizona Wildcats (11-7, 3-6). Pierre Metenier provided wins in both matchs for the Huskies helping the team obtain their first conference wins and vie for a piece of the Pac-10 title. The No. 33 doubles pair of Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu were victorious over the Sun Devils and the Wildcats in the number one doubles position. The Huskies also swept the Arizona schools during the 2005 season en route to the team's Pac-10 Championship.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Junior Alex Slovic holds the top ranking in singles for the Dawgs at No. 33 moving up six spots from last week's position of No. 39. Slovic has also teamed up again this season with doubles partner Daniel Chu finishing the season last year at No. 33. Chu and Slovic were positioned at No. 18 in the ITA's last press release, however due to a tough loss to Stanford's No. 22 team composed of KC Corkery and Matt Bruch the duo dropped 15 positions. Exchange student Jean-Noel Insausti has achieved a national ranking of No. 90 due to consistent play in the second and third singles positions. Washington moved up 13 spots in the current ITA rankings from No. 33 to No. 20. The jump was attributed to the Dawgs 4-3 win against No. 51 Arizona State followed by a resounding 5-2 victory over No. 39 Arizona.

UP NEXT: The Dawgs will finish conference play at home on April 22 against the Oregon Ducks at 2:00 pm in Bill Quillian Stadium. Washington holds a 109-6 edge over the Ducks in the two programs all-time series. The Huskies completed their 2005 Pac-10 season with a 6-1 record, earning the men's tennis team a share of their first Pac-10 title. Since the Pac-10 north and south divisions merged in 1988, no school other than Stanford, USC, or UCLA had taken the conference crown. Washington finished in a first-place tie with the UCLA Bruins.

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