No. 18 Huskies Sweep Aside Idaho
Jan. 20, 2007
SEATTLE -- Senior Alex Slovic won in dominating fashion in both singles and doubles to continue his march up the ladder of the Husky record books and his team swept aside Idaho (0-1) to start their season 2-0.
Slovic (Pancevo, Yugoslavia) won in the No. 1 doubles spot 8-1 with Andy Kuharszky and rolled in the No. 1 singles spot with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Idaho's John Hieb. His career combined wins total is now 154, fourth most in Husky history. Slovic is tied for second in team history, one behind career-leader Eric Drew, with 71 doubles wins. He also has 83 singles wins, equaling Marius Lunde for sixth most in Husky history.
The Huskies took the early advantage in the match as they swept the doubles. Daniel Chu and Derek Drabble clinched the point for the Huskies with an 8-4 win in the No. 3 spot. Andy Gerst shook off an ankle injury and he and Mike Ricks won 8-5 from the No. 2 doubles spot.
Kuharszky kept the momentum going for the Huskies in singles, finishing his match first with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Rob Chalkley. Kuharszky has lost just a combined four games in four singles sets this season.
David Chu gave the Huskies a 3-0 match lead with a straight-set victory over Paulo Mirando in the No. 5 singles spot. Slovic clinched the match for the Huskies moments later.
Next to win for the Huskies was Daniel Chu, who won 6-2, 6-1 over Stas Glukhov in the No. 2 singles spots.
The final two singles matches were a little more difficult for the Huskies. Mike Ricks needed three sets to close out Tim Huynh. He won the first set 6-4 before falling behind 3-0 in the second set and dropping it 6-3. He bounced back in dominating fashion, closing out Huynh 6-1 in the third set.
The closest match of the day was the debut home performance of Holden Ching in the No. 6 spot. Ching won 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) against Joel Trudel to close out the afternoon. In the second set, Ching led 4-1 before dropping four-straight games. He bounced back to even the match up at 6-6, and cruised in the tie-breaker.
'I was happy to get lots of guys some action on the court in our first two matches,' said Husky Head Coach Matt Anger. 'Everyone will be ready to go and we're looking forward to playing a top-ranked team in Ohio State next week.'
The Huskies hit the road to face the No. 3 Buckeyes on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Washington returns home on Tuesday, February 6 for a nationally taped-delay television match against Brigham Young at Nordstrom Tennis Center.
No. 18 Washington Huskies (2-0) vs. Idaho Vandals (0-1)
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007; Seattle, Wash.
1. Slovic/Kuharszky (UW) def. Hieb/Glukhov (IDAHO), 8-1
2. Gerst/Ricks (UW) def. Huynh/Chalkley (IDAHO), 8-5
3. Daniel Chu/Drabble (UW) def. Trudel/Mirando (IDAHO), 8-4
1. Alex Slovic (UW) def. John Hieb (IDAHO), 6-1, 6-2
2. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Stas Glukhov (IDAHO), 6-2, 6-1
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Rob Chalkley (IDAHO), 6-0, 6-2
4. Michael Ricks (UW) def. Tim Huynh (IDAHO), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
5. David Chu (UW) def. Paulo Mirando (IDAHO), 6-1, 6-1
6. Holden Ching (UW) def. Joel Trudel (IDAHO), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)
Order of Finish
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 3, 5, 1, 2, 4, 6