UW Men Drop National Team Indoor Consolation Match To UCLA, 4-1

Feb. 19, 2006

SEATTLE - - No. 12 seed Washington fell to No. 7 seed and defending NCAA champion UCLA, 4-1, in the final consolation round of the USTA/ITA National Men's Tennis Team Indoor Championships, at UW's Nordstrom Tennis Center, Sunday evening.

The Huskies (7-2) were unable to bounce back from losing the doubles point as the Bruins (7-3) went on to win three singles matches to seal the win. Senior Pierre Metenier picked up Washington's lone singles win at the No. 2 spot, defeating Mohamed Abid, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1. UW was forced to juggle its regular lineup, playing without the services of sophomore co-captain Andy Kuharszky due to illness.

Washington finishes its stint at the National Team Indoor Championships with a 1-2 record after upsetting No. 6 seed Virginia in the first round and falling to No. 3 Illinois in the quarterfinals, Saturday night.

No. 2 Georgia and No. 4 Pepperdine advanced to tomorrow's championship match to be held at noon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Georgia edged Illinois, 4-3, in the semifinals, while Pepperdine downed No. 9 Duke, 4-1.

Before the match even started, the Huskies were up against the odds, losing the services of No. 2 doubles and No. 4 singles player Kuharszky who was ill with the flu. Senior Jean-Noel Insausti had also been ill and endured cramping during his match, but ended up coming back from a first-set loss at No. 3 singles, to win the second and be up 1-0 in the third when the match was called.

'As I was sitting there at the very end and we were battling and clinging, I couldn't have had more mixed emotions,' UW head coach Matt Anger said. 'I was incredibly frustrated and disappointed with where we were and simultaneously I couldn't have been more proud of the guys out there on the court. I don't want to tell you what Jean-Noel has been doing the last 20 hours, but it's not pretty, and for him to be out there fighting was just incredible. I felt it in the doubles. I felt even though we were mixed around that we were going to hang in there.'

Kuharszky's absence forced Anger to move his No. 3 doubles team of Insausti and Mike Ricks to the No. 2 spot, while moving Klaus Jank and Andy Gerst in the three-spot. Both teams battled, but ended up falling by identical 8-6 scores.

In singles, the Bruins picked up two quick straight set wins at No. 5 and No. 6. Mike Look defeated Ricks (6-2, 6-3) while Jank fell to Philipp Gruendler (6-3, 6-1). Insausti was up 1-0 in his third set and junior Daniel Chu was tied in the second set with UCLA's Chris Surapol after winning the first at the time the Bruins clinched the fourth point. Third-ranked Ben Kohlloefel defeated UW junior Alex Slovic in the No. 1 singles slot, 6-0, 7-6 (5) to end the match.

The Huskies have now dropped two straight matches after opening the season 7-0 and will look to get well on the road next facing Oregon (Feb. 24) and Fresno State (Feb. 25) in Eugene, Ore.

2006 USTA/ITA NATIONAL TEAM INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Feb. 17-20 • Nordstrom Tennis Center/Seattle Tennis Club
Host: University of Washington

Consolation Second Round - #7 UCLA 4, #12 Washington 1Doubles
1. (45) Slovic/Chu (UW) vs. Kohlloeffel/Gruendler (UCLA), DNF
2. Abid/Surapol (UCLA) def. Insausti/Ricks (UW), 8-6
3. Dehaine/Yovan (UCLA) def. Jank/Gerst (UW), 8-6

Singles
1. (3) Ben Kohlloeffel (UCLA) def. (32) Alex Slovic (UW), 6-0, 7-6 (5)
2. Pierre Metenier (UW) def. Mohamed Abid (UCLA), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
3. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) vs. (75) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA), DNF
4. Daniel Chu (UW) vs. Chris Surapol (UCLA), DNF
5. Philipp Gruendler (UCLA) def. (80) Klaus Jank (UW), 6-3, 6-1
6. Mike Look (UCLA) def. Mike Ricks (UW), 6-2, 6-3

Team Scores
Sunday, Feb. 19 - Semifinals - Nordstrom Tennis Center

#4 Pepperdine 4, #9 Duke 1
#2 Georgia 4, #3 Illinois 3

Sunday, Feb. 19 - Consolation - Nordstrom Tennis Center/Seattle TC
#5 Mississippi 4, #1 Florida 2 (NTC)
#16 Penn 4, #11 South Carolina 2 (STC)
#8 Baylor 4, #13 Florida State 0 (STC)
#10 LSU 4, #14 Arkansas 1 (STC)
#7 UCLA 4, #12 Washington 1 (NTC)
#6 Virginia 4, #15 Colorado 0 (STC)

Sunday, Feb. 20 - Final - Nordstrom Tennis Center
#2 Georgia vs. #4 Pepperdine, 12 p.m.

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