#33 UW 6, #60 Stanford 1

Alex Slovic capped a singles sweep with a 6-7, 6-4, 1-0(9) victory over Matt Bruch as the 33rd ranked Huskies beat 60th ranked Stanford 6-1 in men's tennis at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Huskies rebounded from a bitter 4-3 loss to California Friday to snap a three match losing streak and record their first Pac-10 win of the season, improving to 1-3 and 13-6. Stanford dropped to 1-3 and 7-12.

With the Huskies having already secured the four team points necessary for victory Slovic went to a 10 point super-tiebreak instead of a third set to decided the outcome of his hard fought match against Bruch at the top singles position.

Bruch won the first set, one with no service breaks, 7-6 after winning a tiebreak 7-3. Slovic came back to win the second 6-4, breaking serve in the ninth game and then holding in the 10th to even the match.

In the super-tiebreak Slovic trailed 3-6 before winning the next two points to cut Bruch's lead to 6-5. An unforced error and a service winner gave Bruch the next two points and an 8-5 lead, and it looked like Stanford would hand the Huskies their only loss of the day in singles. However, Slovic rallied for an 8-8 tie, winning the next three points. An errant backhand beyond the baseline by Slovic gave Bruch a match point at 8-9, but Bruch gave the point back with a forehand unforced error. Slovic came up with a service winner to gain his first match point at 10-9 and he closed out the match with a terrific running forehand passing shot winner.

With the win Slovic recorded his 91st singles win, tying him with Jeremy Berman for fourth place on the all-time career Washington singles win list.

Moments before Slovic prevailed, Daniel Chu also came back from one set down to defeat Richard Wire 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(9) at second singles.

Wire only needed one break of serve, in the fifth game, to win the first set. He then put Chu in an early hole in the second set when he broke Chu in the first game, but Chu returned the favor for 1 all. The two traded holds until the sixth game, when Chu broke for 4-2. Chu held to go up 5-2 and then served out the set with another hold in the ninth game.

Again, with the team victory no longer in doubt, Chu and Wire went to a super-tiebreak to settle the outcome. Chu led 3-1, 4-2 and had two match points at 9-7 but each time Wire won two straight points to regain a tie. At 9 all Chu got a third match point with a backhand volley winner and put Wire away when he ran down a volley in front of the net and drilled a backhand right at Wire that he could not handle.

Andy Kuharszky clinched the win for Washington with a 6-3, 7-6(6) win over Blake Muller at third singles. He broke Muller twice to open a 4-0 lead in the first set before eventually winning. In the second set neither player could break the other's serve so at 6 all they went to a regular seven point tiebreak. Muller led 5-3 but lost three points in a row to trail 6-5 and face a match point against. He saved it when Kuharszky dumped a forehand into the net, but Kuharszky won the next two points and the match with a forehand approach passing shot and a forehand drop volley.

In other singles matches the Huskies had no problem with the Cardinal, winning each in straight sets. At fourth singles, Patrik Fischer beat Eric McKean 6-2, 6-1 to put the Huskies on the scoreboard and tie the match at 1 point each. Mike Ricks made it 2-1 Washington with a 6-3, 6-2 win over David Ryan at the sixth position, and Derek Drabble beat Kevin Kaiser 6-3, 6-4 at five to put the Huskies up 3-1.

Stanford won the first point of the match, winning a tightly contested doubles point to lead 1-0. One break of serve proved the difference in all three matches. At second doubles Wire and Paul Morrissey broke Ricks in the 11th game to go up 6-5 and eventually win 8-6 over Fischer and Ricks. At third doubles, Drabble and Kuharszky used a break of McKean's serve in the 12th game to go up 7-5 and held their own for an 8-5 win. That brought the doubles point down to the featured match between the Huskies' Chu and Slovic and the Cardinal's Bruch and Muller. The 27th ranked Cardinal pair won 8-6, with a break of Chu's serve in the seventh game proving decisive.

The Huskies return to action with a home match against Arizona State on Friday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. and then host Arizona in the 2007 home finale on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m.

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