Husky Men's Tennis Host BYU, Great Northwest Shoout
Feb. 5, 2007
THIS WEEK: The Washington men's tennis team (2-1) have a busy week ahead of them. On Tuesday, Feb. 6 they will host the BYU Cougars at 3 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. This weekend they will also host the four-team Great Nortwest Shootout. Middle Tennessee State, Texas Tech and Louisville are all nationally ranked and set to play in the three-day tournament. Results of all matches, plus live video and scoring of all Husky matches will be available on GoHuskies.com.
GREAT NORTHWEST SHOOTOUT SCHEDULE
Friday, Feb. 9:
#36 Louisville vs. #44 Texas Tech, 12:00 p.m. PT
#16 UW vs. #43 Middle Tennessee State, 4:00 p.m. PT
Saturday, Feb. 10:
Middle Tennessee State vs. Texas Tech, 10:00 a.m. PT
UW vs. Louisville, 2:00 p.m. PT
Sunday, Feb. 11:
Middle Tennessee State vs. Louisville, 9:30 a.m. PT
UW vs. Texas Tech, 2:00 p.m. PT
SCOUTING BYU: The BYU Cougars (3-3) will start a swing through the Pacific Northwest on Tuesday with its match against Washington. BYU began the season as the No. 73-ranked team, before consecutive losses to New Mexico, UC-Irvine and UCLA pushed them out of the polls. The Cougars got back on the winning side, sweeping a double-header against Northern Arizona (7-0) and San Francisco (5-2) last Friday. .
SCOUTING LOUISVILLE: Louisville (5-2) is currently ranked No. 36 in the ITA Tennis Poll. The Cardinals boast the 24th-ranked doubles team of Slavko Radman and Damar Johnson, who are 5-1 as a team this season. Johnson has been playing No. 1 singles for the Cards this season and Radman is ranked No. 71 in singles.
SCOUTING MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE: A pair of 6-foot-9 players anchor the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders (5-1) team. The Blue Raiders, ranked No. 43, are led by No. 1 singles players Andreas Siljestrom and No. 2 Marco Born. Siljestrom is ranked No. 41 in the last ITA singles poll. The 'twin towers' also team up to form the 16th-ranked doubles team nationally. MTSU's lone loss was against No. 66 East Tennessee, but the Blue Raiders have three victories over ranked teams (No. 55 Western Michigan, No. 31 Kentucky, No. 52 Virginia Tech)
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH: Texas Tech (2-1) is ranked No. 44 in the latest poll. They will have the highest-rated singles player in the Great Northwest Shootout, No. 12 Bojan Szumanski. The Red Raiders lost last week to No. 66 Denver, their lone setback of the season. Texas Tech's other ranked singles player is No. 92 Sinisa Markovic.
CHASING RECORDS: Senior Alex Slovic is approaching some historic records in Husky tennis history. In doubles and singles Slovic is ranked in the top 10 for winning percentage. The senior needs just two wins to become Washington's all-time doubles wins leader. He is currently tied with Nick Quatrochi with 71 wins, just one behind Eric Drew for the top spot. He is currently tied for sixth all-time with Marius Lunde for 83 singles wins. His combined doubles and singles total of 154 wins is fourth all-time in Husky history. He trails No. 3 Drew's combined total of 158 wins. Teammate Daniel Chu is also heading to the top of the career doubles wins list with 68, tying him for sixth all-time in UW history. Slovic and Chu should close out their careers No. 1 and 2 all-time in career doubles wins.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Washington is ranked No. 16 nationally in the latest ITA Poll. The latest poll will come out Feb. 6 (http://www.itatennis.com/Rankings/div1_rankings.htm). Alex Slovic was the 24th-ranked singles player in the fall poll before dropping to No. 98 in the January rankings. The only other Huskies' ranked nationally is the doubles team of Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks, who began the season No. 35. Regionally, several Huskies cracked the rankings in the West. Slovic in No. 5 in singles, while Andy Kuharszky is No. 21 and Fischer is No. 30. The doubles team of Slovic and Daniel Chu is ranked No. 7 in the West Region, while Derek Drabble and Kuharszky come in at No. 9.