Washington to Host USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships
Feb. 13, 2001
This Week: The University of Washington hosts the 27th USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 15-18. The tournament will be played at the Nordstrom Tennis Center and the Seattle Tennis Club. The University of Kentucky hosted the tournament last year, in which Stanford won. The USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships, the premier indoor team tournament of the season, features 16 of the top men's programs in the nation. Participating in this year's tournament are defending champion and top-ranked Stanford, No. 2 Tennessee, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 7 TCU, No. 8 Illinois, No. 9 Florida, No. 10 Mississippi, No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth, No. 12 Pepperdine, No. 25 Washington, No. 43 San Diego State, No. 44 Oklahoma State, and No. 61 Princeton. Admission for adults for a one-day pass is $4 and $10 for a four-day pass. Children and seniors are $2 for a one-day pass and $5 for a four-day pass. There is no charge for UW students.
Tournament History: Pac-10 schools have dominated the tournament, winning the championship every year since 1987. Stanford has won the title eleven times, UCLA five times, and California and USC have won the title twice each. Only three times has a school outside of the state of California won this tournament since its inception in 1973 (all three were from the state of Texas).
Last Week: The Huskies went 1-1 in the 2001 Husky Invitational, upsetting No. 12 Pepperdine in the first day of play, and losing a heartbreaker to No. 7 TCU, 3-4, in the championship match. UW's Matt Hanlin upset No. 20 Esteban Carril of TCU in three sets (2-6, 6-2, 6-1) to improve to 11-6 on the season.
Last Season: The 1999-2000 men's tennis team finished last year with a 15-9 overall record, 3-4 in the Pac-10, and ranked 33rd in the ITA's final polls. Washington received their sixth-consecutive post-season berth, competing against No. 26 San Diego State in the NCAA Championships. The Huskies started out the day strong as two of the three doubles teams won (Berman/Posavac d. Maiberger/Pest 8-6 and Hanlin/Woolley d. Coren/Hasson 8-6). In singles play, both Jeremy Berman and Mark Woolley defeated their opponents (Berman d. Webster 6-2, 6-4, Woolley d. Hasson 6-3, 0-6, 6-4), but the team couldn't hold on in the end, losing to the Aztecs, 3-4.
Rising Anger: With 15 wins last season, head coach Matt Anger moved up to No. 3 on UW's all-time list for wins in a career with 91, surpassing Windy Langlie's mark of 79 total wins (1931-33 and 1947-60). Anger needs only 15 more victories to tie Chip Zimmer for second place with 106 career wins. He also ranks third in winning percentage at .640 (91-52).
Progressive Posavac: Senior Andy Posavac moved up a notch with his doubles victory over Kintz/Dmytruk of Cal (8-1). He is now tied for eighth place with Mark Woolley (1997-00) on UW's all-time list for doubles wins in a career with 54.
The New Look: Over the past summer, the Nordstrom Tennis Center was revamped to showcase the ATP-style purple courts. The ATP tour experimented with the new courts last summer with events in both Toronto and Cincinnati and found the color to be beneficial for both players and spectators to follow the ball. Washington is now only the third venue to feature the new courts.