Huskies Fall To Baylor In NCAA Sweet 16

May 22, 2006

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Washington's postseason run came to an end, Saturday, as the 21st-ranked Huskies fell to fourth-ranked and fifth-seeded Baylor, 4-1, in the Round of 16 at the 2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.

The Huskies, who made their fifth Sweet 16 appearance in the last six years, end the season with a 20-6 overall record, while Baylor improves to 24-6 and advances to face No. 13 Stanford in the quarterfinals, Sunday. UW's bid for a first-ever trip to the Elite Eight fell short as the Bears displayed the form that has sent them to the NCAA finals the last two years.

Senior Pierre Metenier provided the Huskies' only point with his straight-set win at No. 2 singles. His victory tied the score at 1-1 after Baylor won the doubles point, but the Bears went on to reel off three more singles wins to take the match. Matt Brown clinched the victory for Baylor with a straight-set win over Andy Kuharszky at No. 5 singles.

'I feel terrible,' UW head coach Matt Anger said. 'I've had a lot of fun with our guys this year and I wanted to keep going as much as possible. I feel terrible inside that our season is over. We played a couple of loose games in doubles that were costly. They played very well at No. 5 singles. He was just too good for us down there. I thought we played OK. We didn't play great. We played hard...everyone did their best. We have nothing to feel bad about, but we could have played better.'

In doubles action, Baylor's David Galic and Will Ward defeated Jean-Noel Insausti and Mike Ricks, 8-3, on the No. 3 court. The Bears then claimed the doubles point when Matt Brown and Matija Zgaga edged UW's Klaus Jank and Andy Kuharszky, 9-7, at No. 2. The Huskies' No. 1 team of Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic gave 23rd-ranked Michal Kokta and Lars Poerschke a test, as the teams were tied at 7-7 when the doubles point was called.

Metenier quickly put UW on the board with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over 65th-ranked Zgaga at No. 2 singles. Baylor then posted wins on the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5 courts to record the win. UW's 44th-ranked Slovic fell to fourth-ranked Poerschke, 7-6, 6-3, at No. 1 and Ward defeated Chu at No. 4, 6-3, 6-3. It was 124th-ranked Brown who clinched the winning point at No. 5 singles, defeating Kuharszky, 6-2, 6-2.

The season is not yet over for Slovic, who will remain at Stanford to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship beginning Wednesday, May 24. The 64-player draw has not yet been announced.

2006 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship
Palo Alto, Calif.; Taube Tennis Center, Stanford University

Round of 16
No. 4 (No. 5 seed) Baylor 4, No. 21 Washington 1

1. Chu/Slovic (UW) vs. (23) Kokta/Poerschke (B), 7-7 DNF
2. Brown/Zgaga (B) def. Jank/Kuharszky (UW), 9-7
3. Galic/Ward (B) def. Insausti/Mike Ricks (UW), 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. (4) Lars Poerschke (B) def. (44) Alex Slovic (UW), 7-6, 6-3
2. Pierre Metenier (UW) def. (65) Matija Zgaga (B), 6-1, 6-3
3. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) vs. (29) Michal Kokta (B), 7-6, 3-2, DNF
4. Will Ward (B) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 6-3, 6-3
5. (124) Matt Brown (B) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 6-2, 6-2
6. Klaus Jank (UW) vs. Vladimir Portnov (B), 6-3, 1-6, 1-1, DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 4, 5

Notes:No. 5 seed Baylor improves to 23-6 this season ... Bears have reached the last two NCAA finals, winning it all in 2004 ... Baylor reaches NCAA QF for fifth time and improves to 5-2 in round of 16 matches ... This is also BU's fourth straight final eight showing ... No. 17-32 seed Washington ends season with 20-6 record ... Huskies playing in round of 16 for fifth time in six years - have never reached QF ... Baylor leads all-time series against UW 2-1 ... Joins Big 12 partner Texas in final eight.

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