Strong Showing For Huskies At Bronco Classic

Oct. 11, 2004

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Three members of the Washington men's tennis team competedover the weekend at the Bronco Classic hosted by Santa Clara University and eachfound a good deal of success. Sophomore Chris Floyd won his singles flight,sophomore Michael Ricks reached the final of his, and freshman Andy Kuharskymade a winning debut for the Huskies.

The singles side of the Bronco Classic included three flights with four seededplayers in each flight. Kuharsky earned the third seed in the premier Flight Aand showed that he deserved it with a 6-4, 6-0 win in his first collegiate matchover Romain Massaro of UNLV. After advancing to the semifinals thanks to awalkover, Kuharsky was defeated by the top seed, Henner Nehles of UNLV, 6-2,6-2. Kuharsky would return to play one match in the consolation round robinevent, where he defeated California's Dean Wallace, 6-3, 6-4.

In Flight B, Floyd reeled off four straight wins despite being unseeded to winthe event. Floyd, who was Washington's primary No. 6 singles player last season,fought off Anders Dalskov of UC Santa Barbara in a third-set tiebreak in thefinal, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3).

Michael Ricks kicked off his sophomore campaign as the second seed in Flight C.In his opening match, Ricks and Alan Kelly of Pacific split the first two sets.From the third set through the semifinals, Ricks won five straight sets byidentical 6-2 margins to reach the Flight C final. Similarly to Floyd's finalmatch, the contest between Ricks and Stanford's Jon Wong came down to athird-set tiebreaker. Wong came out two points ahead in this case, winningFlight C over Ricks, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5).

With all of Washington's top five singles players returning this season, Floyd,Ricks and Kuharsky figure to battle throughout the season for a shot at the No.6 singles position.

Washington Men's Tennisbr
Bronco Classic
Santa Clara, Calif. - October 10, 2004

Flight A Singles - Round of 16
Andy Kuharsky (UW) def. Romain Massaro (UNLV), 6-4, 6-0

Quarterfinals
Andy Kuharsky (UW) def. Pablo Pires de Almeida (USF), Walkover

Semifinals
Henner Nehles (UNLV) def. Andy - UW Kuharsky (UW), 6-2, 6-2

Flight B Singles - Round of 16
Chris Floyd (UW) def. Tyler Black (Pacific), 6-3, 7-5

Quarterfinals
Chris Floyd (UW) def. Mike Chan (LMU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Semifinals
Chris Floyd (UW) def. Milos Popovich (Nevada), 6-4, 6-4

Finals
Chris Floyd (UW) def. Anders Dalskov (UCSB), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3)

Flight C Singles - Round of 16
Michael Ricks (UW) def. Alan Kelly (Pacific), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

Quarterfinals
Michael Ricks (UW) def. Nial Brash (UCSB), 6-2, 6-2

Semifinals
Michael Ricks (UW) def. Daniel Elefant (UC Davis), 6-2, 6-2

Finals
Jon Wong (Stanford) def. Michael Ricks (UW), 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-6(5)

Singles Consolation Round Robin
Andy Kuharsky (UW) def. Dean Wallace (Cal), 6-3, 6-4

Flight A Doubles - Round of 16
Arnar Sigurdsson/Vladamir Zdravkovic (Pacific) def. Kuharsky/Ricks (UW), 8-4

Flight A Doubles Consolations - Round One
Kuharsky/Ricks (UW) def. Phil Kao/Jon Wong (Stanford), 8-5

Semifinals
Kuharsky/Ricks (UW) def. Joel Kielbowicz/Romain Massaro (UNLV), Walkover

Finals
Ken Nakahara/John Pettit (Cal) def. Kuharsky/Ricks (UW), 8-6

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