May 15, 2004
PALO ALTO, Calif. - In its first appearance in the NCAA Team Championships since 1999, the 64th-ranked New Mexico men's tennis team fell in the first round to 23rd-ranked Washington, 4-0 this morning in Palo Alto, Calif. at Stanford University. Despite the lopsided score, the match was much closer with three singles matches and one doubles match unfinished.
The Huskies started the match by claiming the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and 2. Washington's 19th-ranked Daniel Chu and Alex Vlaski downed juniors Ryan Stotland and David Kowalski, 8-6 and Alex Slovic and Nick Weiss cruised to an 8-2 win over senior Divan Coetzee and freshman Hiroud Akhavan. Senior Jasmin Hodzic and sophomore Henry Gers were leading 5-4 over Chrisoph Palmanshofer and Peter Scharler at No. 3.
Scharler increased the Huskies' lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Akhavan at No. 5 singles. Washington soon found itself one point away as 25th-ranked Slovic rallied in the second set for a 6-3, 7-6 win at No. 2. Palmanshofer won the match with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Gers at No. 4.
Coetzee, ranked No. 22 nationallly, was denied his 97th career win as he and 10th-ranked Vlaski did not finish their match at No. 1. The match was tied 3-3 in the third set after Vlaski took the first set 6-2 and Coetzee fired back for a 6-2 win of the second set. Coetzee would have become the all-time career win record holder at UNM if he had won the match. He is currently tied with Pepe Caballero at 96. Coetzee will have a chance for the record-setting win, as he will participate in the NCAA Singles Championship in Tulsa, Okla. May 26-31.
Stotland and Hodzic also did not finish their matches at No. 3 and 6 singles, respectively. Stotland was tied with Chu at 1-1 in the third set, winning the first set 7-6 (5) and losing the second set 6-4. Hodzic was just one game away from the first Lobo point have won the second set 6-4 and leading the third set 5-3. Chris Floyd took the first set from Hodzic, 6-1.
With the loss, the Lobos fall to 16-6 in the spring and 17-7 in overall dual matches this year. Washington improves to 15-8 overall and will face the winner of ninth-ranked Stanford and Pacific for a trip to Tulsa, Okla. to compete in the Round of 16.
No. 23 Washington 4, No. 64 New Mexico 0
Doubles (Washington wins point)
1. Alex Vlaski/Daniel Chu (UW) def. Ryan Stotland/David Kowalski (UNM) - 8-6
2. Alex Slovic/Nick Weiss (UW) def. Divan Coetzee/Hiroud Akhavan (UNM) - 8-2
3. Christoph Palmanshofer/Peter Scharler (UW) def. Jasmin Hodzic/Henry Gers (UNM) - 4-5 (DNF)
1. Alex Vlaski (UW) vs. Divan Coetzee (UNM) - 6-2, 2-6, 3-3 (DNF)
2. Alex Slovic (UW) def. David Kowalski (UNM) - 6-3, 7-6 (4)
3. Daniel Chu (UW) vs. Ryan Stotland (UNM) - 6-7 (5), 6-4, 1-1 (DNF)
4. Christoph Palmanshofer (UW) def. Henry Gers (UNM) - 7-6 (1), 6-4
5. Peter Scharler (UW) def. Hiroud Akhavan (UNM) - 6-1, 6-1
6. Chris Floyd (UW) vs. Jasmin Hodzic (UNM) - 6-1, 4-6, 3-5 (DNF)
Order of finish for singles: 5, 2, 4