#18 UW 4, #11 Ohio State 1

Washington's 18th ranked men's tennis team improved to 6-0 with a mild upset of 11th ranked Ohio State in the second day of the Great Northwest Shootout at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

Christoph Palmanshofer, ranked #79 in singles by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), clinched the match for the Huskies with a 7-6(7-2), 6-2 victory over 40th ranked Devin Mullings at #2 singles. In the first set Palmanshofer and Mullings played a tiebreak, with Palmanshofer having four set points at 6-2 and then winning the set with an ace. In the second set Palmanshofer broke Mullings in the opening game, and already leading 4-2, again in the seventh game for 5-2. He then closed out the match with three service winners and an ace.

The Huskies began the match by winning the doubles point. At #1 doubles, Palmanshofer and Alex Vlaski defeated the 28th ranked pair of Joey Atas and Chris Klingemann 8-4. Moments later the Huskies' #3 duo of Andy Kuharszky and Alex Slovic, the 2004 ITA rookie of the year, prevailed over Scott Green and Dennis Mertens 8-4.

When play shifted to singles, Ohio State tied the match at 1-1 as Ross Wilson defeated Chris Floyd 6-4,6-2 at #6. Vlaski, however, regained the lead for the Huskies at 2-1 with a 6-3,6-2 win over Klingemann in the top singles match. Kuharszky made it 3-1 Huskies with a 6-3,6-4 win over Green at #4. In that match Kuharszky got a critical break of Green in the eighth game of the first set and served for the set. He had two set points at 40-15 but Green saved both of them with a backhand volley winner and a forehand passing shot down the line in the ad court. Kuharszky recovered to win the next two points and the set with a service winner and a backhand volley.

In the second set Kuharszky broke Green in the opening game but Green broke right back, capitalizing on three unforced errors. Kuharszky got a critical break in the fifth game, capitalizing on an unforced error by Green for a 3-2 lead, and with no breaks the rest of the set, served for the match at 5-4. He got two match points at 40-15, and after Green saved one with a forehand return winner, won the match when Green netted a backhand.

The Huskies return to the courts of the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Sunday, February 6 at 1:30 when they face #17 Tulane in the "championship" match of the Shootout. Should the Huskies win they will claim the Shootout with a perfect 3-0 record, with wins over Tulane, Ohio State, and Minnesota. A Tulane victory, however, would leave both teams with 2-1 records in the round robin tournament and the Green Wave would claim the shootout based on a head to head victory over Washington.

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