#18 UW 4, #17 Tulane 3

Christoph Palmanshofer defeated Ted Angelinos 6-3,7-6(7-4) in the decisive match as the 18th ranked Huskies rallied for a dramatic 4-3 victory over the #17 Tulane Green Wave on the third and final day of the Great Northwest Shootout at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory the Huskies finished 3-0 in the Shootout and won the round robin tournament for the second consecutive time, having previously won it in 2003. They also remained undefeated in the 2005 dual match season and improved to 7-0.

Playing at #3 singles, Palmanshofer won the first set against Angelinos but trailed in the second 3-5 with Angelinos serving and it looked like the two would have to go to a third set. However, Palmanshofer got the service break and held for a 5-5 tie. Both players held in the subsequent service games, forcing the set to a tiebreak. Angelinos and Palmanshofer split the first eight points, but then Palmanshofer won the next three points and the match with a backhand volley winner, an ace and an errant backhand return by Angelinos.

Tulane rallied to take a 1-0 lead and win the doubles point after the Huskies' Alex Slovic and Andy Kuharszky defeated David Goulet and Jonah Kane West 8-3 at #3. Angelinos and Jacobo Hernandez beat Daniel Chu and Peter Scharler 8-6 at #2, and in the top doubles match Dmitriy Koch and Alberto Sottocorno rallied for a 9-7 win over Palmanshofer and Alex Vlaski. The Huskies broke Sottocorno at love for a 5-4 lead and held for a 6-4 advantage, but Tulane came back to even the set at 6 on a service hold by Koch and a break of Palmanshofer. The set remained on serve to the 16th game, with Tulane up 8-7 and Palmanshofer serving to force a tiebreak. The game went to three deuces and the Green Wave had two match points before they finally won when Palmanshofer netted a forehand overhead.

Slovic, the ninth ranked player nationally, made his 2005 singles debut for the Huskies at the #2 slot in the lineup and tied the match at one point by easily disposing of Goulet 6-4,6-2. He broke Goulet in the opening game of the first set and that was all he needed to win the set. In the second set, despite getting broken once himself, Slovic broke Goulet three times and was never seriously threatened.

The Huskies took a 2-1 lead when Scharler beat Magdy El-Mihdawy 6-1,6-0 at #6, but Tulane came back to take a 3-2 lead with wins at #5 and #4. First, Sottocorno beat Kuharszky 6-2,7-5 and then Hernandez prevailed over Chu 6-3,6-3. With those two wins, Tulane put the Huskies in the position of having to rely on their #1 doubles team of Vlaski and Palmanshofer to pull out the match.

Vlaski did his part in the top singles match, prevailing 6-4,6-2 over Koch to even the match at 3. After a hard fought first set, Vlaski led 5-2 in the second with Koch serving to stay in the match. The game went to six deuces and 18 points - including four match points for Vlaski and three game points for Koch, before Vlaski finally prevailed when Koch hit an errant backhand beyond the baseline.

Moments later Palmanshofer came through and the Huskies could celebrate another win, easily their toughest one of the season to date.

The Huskies continue their season opening homestand when they return to the Nordstrom Tennis Center to host #24 Pepperdine on Saturday, February 12 at 5 p.m.

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