Washington Men's Tennis Receives NCAA Bid
May 3, 2001
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 18th-ranked Washington men's tennis team (18-7, 3-4) earned their seventh consecutive postseason berth Thursday afternoon, after learning they will face unranked Hofstra in the opening round of the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Championships. The Huskies and the Pride will meet on Saturday, May 12 at Harvard, the host school for the first and second round matches. Harvard will face 13th-ranked Notre Dame in the other first-round matchup.
Washington, a No. 15 seed in the tournament, is the only squad in their portion of the bracket to earn a seeding. The winner of the first and second rounds will advance to the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., May 19-22.
The Huskies faced San Diego State in the first round of play last year, losing to the Aztecs, 4-3. Prior to the 2000 postseason, Washington had advanced to the second round of play in three previous seasons.
Hofstra, the America East Conference Champion, enters the postseason with a 12-4 record overall, 4-0 in conference play. This will be the third-straight NCAA appearance for the Pride and the first time in school history the two teams have faced each other.
Washington currently has two players in the ITA singles rankings. Sophomore Matt Hanlin, who played in the No. 1 position for the Huskies throughout the year, is ranked 55th out of 100 players. Right behind him is junior transfer Andrej Bizjak, who placed 56th. Hanlin finished the year with an overall record of 22-11, while Bizjak finished 22-12. Hofstra does not have a player in the singles or doubles rankings.
Both Hanlin and Bizjak were selected as alternates for the 64-man singles competition that begins May 23 in Athens, Ga.
"We are excited to know where we stand and this is something we have been pointing to all year," said head coach Matt Anger. "We have been a strong team most of the time this season and I am looking forward to our opportunity in the tournament."