Men's Tennis a 7-0 Winner Over Santa Barbara
Feb. 12, 2006
SEATTLE - As tempting as it may have been to look ahead to next weekend's National Team Indoors, the Husky men's tennis team had one more piece of business to attend to in the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. No. 14 Washington stayed on task and made quick work of UCSB, sweeping the Gauchos, 7-0, to improve to 6-0 on the season.
Doubles play came down to the No. 1 match between 45th-ranked juniors Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu and UCSB's Nick Brotman and Andres Dalskov. Leading 7-6, Slovic and Chu had triple match point on UCSB's service, but Brotman and Dalskov saved all three points and eventually held serve. Slovic and Chu held serve to put the pressure back on UCSB, and finally broke the Gaucho team in the next game to win, 9-7, and give the Huskies a 1-0 lead. Senior Jean-Noel Insausti and junior Mike Ricks were 8-3 winners at No. 3 doubles, but the Gaucho pair of Carsten Thorstensen and Scott Hohenstein won 8-4 at second doubles over junior Klaus Jank and freshman Andrew Gerst.
Only a second set hiccup from Slovic at No. 1 singles prevented the Huskies from taking every set in singles play. Slovic sandwiched dominating 6-0 sets around a 6-3 second set loss in defeating Brotman. At second singles, senior Pierre Metenier blitzed UCSB's Elad Stern, 6-2, 6-1, in the fastest match of the day. Insausti defeated Bijan Hejazi, 6-3, 6-3, in the third singles slot and Chu downed Dalskov, 6-4, 6-2, at fourth singles. Junior transfer Klaus Jank ran his dual record to a team-best 6-0, stringing together nine straight games from 4-5 down in the first set to win 7-5, 6-0. Ricks iced the match with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Thorstensen at No. 6 singles.
Next weekend is the highlight of UW's home schedule and one of the premier events in men's collegiate tennis, the National Team Indoor Championships. The Huskies will be part of the 16-team field converging on UW's Nordstrom Tennis Center for the four-day event which begins Friday, February 17 and concludes Monday, February 20. Washington is seeded 12th and will open against sixth-seeded Virginia on Friday at 5:30 p.m. It will be a rematch of last year's NCAA Round of 16 match which Virginia won, 4-0.
"I think we're as ready as we can be," Head Coach Matt Anger said about the upcoming tourney. "We've got our guys getting healthier and healthier and we've had some good matches. We play Virginia in the first round. I know a lot of our guys are eager for that, but we have some new guys too that weren't here when we lost to them last year. All of the matches in the tournament, even the ones we're not in, are great match-ups. It's just good, fun competition."
Washington Men's Tennis vs. UC Santa Barbara