Huskies Fare Well in Opening Round of Bulldog Classic

Oct. 13, 2006

FRESNO, Calif. - The Husky men's tennis team got off to a fast start on Friday in day one action at the Bulldog Classic in Fresno, Calif. The Huskies went 8-2 collectively, led by outstanding performances by Patrik Fischer (Bern, Switzerland) and Daniel Chu (Vancouver, B.C.).

'We're off to a pretty good start,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'But we'll have some tough challenges tomorrow.

Chu, the highest seeded Husky at No. 3, won in the Round of 16 over Petr Sitnikov of Fresno Pacific (6-1, 6-4). Chu received a first round bye.

Fischer, seeded seventh, won 6-1, 6-4 over Anton Styhas of Sacramento State in the first round and added a 6-2, 7-6 victory over Vladimir Zdravkovic of Pacific in the Round of 16.

Both Chu and Fischer advanced to the quarterfinals with their victories.

Michael Ricks (Orinda, Calif.) was the only other Husky in the Flight A Singles bracket. The senior won his opening round match over Vegerd Veskimagi (6-3, 6-3) of Pacific before dropping his second round match 6-1, 6-4 to No. 4 seed Rudolf Siwy of Fresno State.

In Flight A Doubles action, Ricks and Fischer teamed up to win 9-8 (4) over Darren Young and Rob Foy of Cal-Poly.

David Chu (Vancouver, B.C.), the younger brother of Daniel, won twice in the Flight B Singles bracket. In the first round, Chu downed Joe Galbraitch of Santa Clara 6-4, 6-1 and followed that up with a three-set win, 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (9-7), over the No. 4 seed Xavier Barajas-Smith of Sacramento.

Freshman Holden Ching (Hilo, Hawai'i), was seeded sixth in the Flight B bracket and lost in the Round of 16 to Cal-Poly's Darren Young 4-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Chu and Ching paired up in Flight B Doubles action to win 8-6 over the No. 4 seed from Fresno Pacific Roberto Bianco and Sitnikov.

Second round action of the Bulldog Classic will take place all day Saturday.

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