Men's Tennis Prepares for Three Matches in Irvine, Calif.
Feb. 26, 2001
Anger Reaches Centennial Mark: With the 6-1 win over the Oregon Ducks this past weekend, head coach Matt Anger earned his 100th career win at the University of Washington. With 15 wins last season, Anger moved up to No. 3 on UW's all-time list for wins in a career (91), surpassing Windy Langlie's mark of 79 total wins (1931-33 and 1947-60). Anger needs just six more victories to tie Chip Zimmer for second place with 106 career wins.
This Weekend: The Huskies (9-4, 1-1) take to the road to face Pacific, Virginia Tech, and U.C. Irvine, with play beginning on Sat., March 3 and concluding Mon., March 5. All three matches will be played in Irvine, Calif. The Huskies hold a 2-0 advantage over Pacific and a 1-0 advantage over Virginia Tech. Washington has faced U.C. Irvine 13 times, winning only four of those matches.
Last Weekend: Washington faced U.C. Santa Barbara and No. 68 Oregon in play over the weekend. The Huskies defeated the Gauchos 7-0 and took care of Oregon 6-1, both of which were non-conference matches.
USTA/ITA Tournament: The University of Washington hosted the 27th USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships over the span of four days. The Huskies faced No. 4 Georgia in the first round, upsetting the Bulldogs by a score of 4-3. The win was the highest upset at UW since the Dawgs defeated No. 3 Mississippi State in the same tournament two years ago. In the second round, Washington took on No. 5 Duke and lost to the Blue Devils, 0-4. In the consolation round, the Huskies rebounded from the loss to defeat No. 8 Florida, 4-1. UCLA won the championship, defeating No. 1 Stanford, 4-2, for its seventh title in this event, marking the 18th-straight year that a school from California has won the indoor championship.
Latest Rankings: The Huskies have four players ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, in the latest poll. Junior trasfer Andrej Bizjak placed the highest, coming in at No. 39 with a record of 8-5. Sophomore Matt Hanlin is ranked 43rd with a record of 8-3. Andy Posavac made his debut in the rankings this week at No. 49 with a record of 11-0. Jeremy Berman moved up from No. 72 to No. 65 in the latest poll with a record of 9-2.
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 final polls. Washington received their sixth-consecutive post-season berth, competing against No. 26 San Diego State in the NCAA tourney. 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.
Progressive Posavac: Senior Andy Posavac is currently tied for seventh place on UW's all-time list for doubles wins in a career with 57. (Charlie Short, 1984-87). Posavac and partner Jeremy Berman have a 6-4 record on the season.
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 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.