With the win in the final home match for seniors Slovic, Daniel Chu and Mike Ricks, the Huskies squared their Pac-10 record at 3-3 and improved to 15-6 overall, while Arizona dropped to 0-6 and 5-16.
Slovic recorded the 92nd singles win of his stellar career with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Claudio Christen in the top singles match. He moved into fourth place on the all time Husky singles win list, breaking a tie with Jeremy Berman. Slovic also teamed with Chu to win 8-2 over Christen and Jason Labrosse in the top doubles match. With that win Slovic and Chu raised the record they share for all time career Husky doubles wins to 82.
In his singles win, Slovic broke Christen's serve twice, in the first and fifth games, en route to an easy 6-1 first set win. In the second set Slovic led 3-0 and looked like he would close out the match quickly, but Christen rallied. After holding serve to get on the board at 1-3, Christen broke Slovic to get back on serve at 2-3. Then the two played the game of the day, battling through 10 deuces and 26 points, before Christen drilled a service winner down the center line to hold and tie the set at 3 all. In that game Slovic had six chances to break serve and put a chokehold on the match, but Christen escaped. On his first two break chances, Slovic let Christen off the hook with unforced errors, but to his credit, Christen simply came up big on the other break chances with winners. He saved the third break point against with a forehand overhead smash. On the fourth chance, Christen came up with an ace, and he saved the final two break points with a pair of forehand volley winners.
Christen then had a chance to break Slovic in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead, but Slovic returned the favor from the previous game as far as escaping trouble, coming up with three straight service winners to go up himself 4-3. Christen served to tie the set again at 4 all, and this time the two players fought through four more deuces, two break chancesa nd 14 points total before Slovic finally got the break and a 5-3 lead. The break came on a forehand return at Christen's feet that forced an errant volley. Slovic then served for the match and finally put the match into the books as a Husky win when he hit a service winner wide to Christen's backhand that he could only dump into the net.
In doubles Slovic and Chu had no trouble at all, breaking Christen's serve three times on their way to an easy win. The Huskies won the doubles point and took a 1-0 lead in the match when Derek Drabble and Andy Kuharszky beat Francois VaderMerwe and Peter Zimmer 8-2 at the third position.
Bruno Alcala and Ravid Hezi denied the Huskies doubles sweep with an 8-5 win over Ricks and Patrik Fischer at the second position. The Huskies fell behind 3-6 but closed to 5-6 with a break of Alcala's serve and a hold by Ricks, but after a hold by Hezi made it 7-5, the Wildcats broke Fischer to win the match.
In singles, Ricks won his final home match and gave the Huskies a 6-0 lead with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex Labrosse at the sixth position, but Alcala earned Arizona's only point and spoiled a fairy tale ending for Chu in his last match in front of the home crowd with a 2-6, 7-6(6),1-0(8) win at second singles. Chu claimed the first set 6-2, winning six games in a row after losing the first two. He then looked like he would get a straight set win when he led a break and 4-2 in the second, but Alcala held and then broke Chu in the eighth game for 4 all. Chu had another chance to close out Alcala when he broke serve in the 11th game for a 6-5 lead and served for the match, but Alcala broke right back for 6 all and a tiebreak. Chu won the first point of the tiebreak but after that never led again. He trailed 2-4, 3-5, and faced two set points against at 4-6. He somehow saved both with a pair of forehand overhead smashes, but Alcala got a third set point with a backhand volley winner and converted it when Chu dumped another forehand overhead smash into the net.
With the match tied at one set apiece and the Huskies already victorious as a team with six points in the books, Alcala and Chu went to a 10 point super-tiebreak. Chu used a service winner and a pair of unforced errors by Alcala to take a 3-0 lead, but then dropped five straight points. He got one point back to make it 4-5 with a service winner, but Alcala won three straight points to take an 8-4 lead. Alcala then had four match points at 9-5, but three straight winners, two on serve, by Chu made it 9-8 and actually gave some Husky partisans hope that Chu would pull out a miraculous win, but a crosscourt backhand beyond the baseline by Chu ended it.
In other singles action, Fischer won the Huskies' second point with a 6-2,6-0 triumph over Hezi at the fourth position. After Slovic's win, Drabble clinched the team win with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Zimmer at the five. Kuharszky recorded the Huskies' fifth point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jason Labrosse at third singles.
The Huskies return to action and complete the regular season when they face Oregon in Eugene on Saturday, April 21. They then compete in the individual oriented Pac-10 championships in Ojai, California before beginning play in the NCAA Tournament the weekend of May 11-13.
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