No. 12 Men's Tennis Set To Face American In NCAA First Round Match Saturday
May 8, 2003
NCAA Men'sTennis Regional Championships
Sat., May 10 - First Round - #12 Washington vs. American, 9 a.m. PT
THIS WEEK: The 12th-ranked Washington men's tennis team (16-5 overall) makes its ninth-straight postseason appearance as it heads to San Diego as the tournament's No. 16 seed to face American (15-3) in its NCAA Championship first-round match, Saturday, May 10. UW's match with the Eagles will open NCAA action at the SDSU courts on the campus of San Diego State at 9 a.m. PT, followed by the host Aztecs (16-9) first-round contest with cross-town rival San Diego (13-9) at 1 p.m. PT. The first-round winners will face-off Sunday, May 11 at 12 p.m. for the right to advance to the 16-team NCAA finals hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens, May 17-20. The Huskies look to improve upon back-to-back trips to the NCAA Sweet 16, after winning their respective regional championships at Stanford last season and at Harvard in 2001. Washington has earned an NCAA berth in all nine seasons of head coach Matt Anger's tenure in Seattle.
THE FIELD: The Huskies are one of three ranked teams heading to San Diego this weekend. UW leads the pack with a No. 12 national ranking, while San Diego State checks in at No. 29 and San Diego is ranked No. 42. Washington has faced 14 of the 64 teams in the NCAA field this year, posting a 9-5 record against those oponents. Saturday marks the first-ever meeting between the Huskies and American, who was one of 31 teams to earn an automatic bid to the field of 64 after winning the Patriot League Championship. The Eagles (15-3) went 5-1 in league play to earn the regular season title as well. San Diego State is hosting a regional for the first time in school history, but has appeared in NCAA play in five of the last six seasons. The Aztecs, ranked 29th in the nation, won their second straight Mountain West Conference Championship this season. SDSU is led by three-time All-American Oliver Maiberger, ranked 42nd in singles. Maiberger and Ryan Redondo combine to form the nation's second-ranked doubles team. The all-time series with UW and SDSU is 10-10. San Diego (13-9 overall) is making its seventh overall NCAA team appearance. San Diego, ranked 42nd, defeated SDSU earlier in the season (4-3), but fell to the Huskies in Seattle (5-2) on March 9. UW trails the all-time series with USD, 4-10.
NCAA INDIVIDUAL INVITATIONS: Senior Matt Hanlin and sophomore Alex Vlaski were selected to represent Washington in the NCAA singles championship, which is set to follow the team portion of the competition, May 21-26, in Athens, Ga. Hanlin will aim to become UW's first two-time All-American in his third straight appearance in the singles championship, while Vlaski will make his second-consecutive trip to NCAAs. Last year, Vlaski advanced to the second round, while Hanlin fell in the first round. As a sophomore in 2001, Hanlin was chosen as an alternate and ended up earning All-America honors by advancing to the Round of 16.
HUSKIES RANKED NO. 12 IN LATEST ITA POLL: This week the Huskies are ranked 12th in the latest Omni Hotels Collegiate Tennis Rankings released by the ITA. UW's highest ranking of the season was No. 7 on March 19, which was also the second-highest in school history. The Huskies held a No. 6 ranking on March 14, 2001. Individually, the UW lineup features two nationally ranked singles players. Sophomore Alex Vlaski is 10th, while senior Matt Hanlin is the 28th-ranked singles player. On the doubles side, the pair of Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg checks in at No. 37.
HANLIN, VLASKI NAMED TO ALL-PAC-10 FIRST-TEAM: Washington was one of two teams to land a pair of athletes on the All-Pac-10 First-Team when the all-conference awards were announced on May 6. Senior Matt Hanlin and sophomore Alex Vlaski earned the honor, marking the second time in school history that UW had two players on the All-Pac-10 first-team. UCLA's Tobias Clemens and Marcin Matkowski, this year's Pac-10 Co-Players of the Year, were also named to the first-team. This was the second-straight All-Pac-10 selection for Vlaski, who was a second-team honoree and Freshman of the Year in 2002. It was the third-straight All-Pac-10 honor for Hanlin, who was a second-team selection for the last three seasons.
UW SETS NEW RECORD FOR BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY: Washington's 6-1 victory over Pacific on Sunday, March 23, gave the Huskies a 14-0 overall a record which is the best start to a season in the program's 94-year history. UW broke the previous standard of 13-straight wins established last year. The Huskies' streak was snapped by sixth-ranked Stanford (5-2), on Friday, March 28. Since then, Washington is 2-5 in dual matches.
HANLIN ALL-TIME WINNINGEST HUSKY: All-American senior Matt Hanlin etched his name in the Husky record books, becoming Washington's career leader in combined singles and doubles victories this year. Hanlin currently has 177 combined wins under his belt, surpassing previous leader Eric Drew who had 158 wins from 1996-99. Hanlin also ranks second on the UW's career singles list with 106 victories. Former Husky Chet Crile (1990-93) holds that record with 108 singles wins.
HUSKY NET NOTES: Alex Vlaski leads the Huskies with an overall singles record of 32-6...he ranks second on UW's all-time season list...Chet Crile holds the school record with 39 wins in 1993...Vlaski advanced to the Pac-10 singles final for the second-straight season, but fell to UCLA's Marcin Matkowski in the title match...Vlaski and Matt Hanlin (27-7) have shared time at No. 1 and No. 2 singles...Vlaski and senior Ari Strasberg are 7-10 at No. 1 doubles (12-14 overall)...Hanlin and senior Dillon Ruby are 18-3 at No. 2 doubles (18-5 overall)...sophomore Christoph Palmanshofer is 15-8 in singles, and is 13-4 in doubles with fellow sophomore Peter Scharler.