Cal Rallies to Upset No. 33 Huskies, 4-3
April 6, 2007
SEATTLE - The Washington Husky men's tennis team had a 3-2 lead, but the California Bears won the last two singles matches to upset the No. 33 Huskies on Friday at Bill Quillian Stadium. Washington dropped to 12-6 on the season, 0-3 in Pac-10 Conference play, while Cal improved to 12-7, 2-1.
Washington held the early 1-0 advantage after winning two of the three doubles matches. Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic added to their UW record win total with an 8-4 victory at the No. 1 doubles spot. The win was the 81st of the 43-ranked duo's career, and moved their overall record to 10-3. Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks clinched the point for the Huskies with a 9-7 win at No. 2.
Slovic extended the lead for the Huskies, beating Pierre Mouillon 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. The win was the 89th of Slovic career and gives him 170 combined doubles and singles wins in his career. He is fifth all-time in the UW record book for singles wins and is just the third player in team history to amass 170 or more combined wins. Slovic evened his dual match singles record to 8-8 and his overall record to 13-9.
Cal evened the match score at 2-2 by winning the No. 5 and No. 6 matches in straight sets. Husky freshman Derek Drabble lost at No. 5 to Daniel Sebescen, 6-3, 6-2 and Ricks lost at the No. 6 spot 7-6, 6-3 to Kallim Stewart.
Andy Kuharszky gave the Huskies a brief 3-2 lead with a straight set win at No. 3 over Eoin Heavey. The win was Kuharszky's 19th of the season and gave him a team-best 12th dual match win.
Cal kept the Huskies off the scoreboard the rest of the way to win the match. At No. 2, Cal's Tyler Browne beat Daniel Chu 7-6, 1-6, 6-4 to even the match score at 3-3. Chu was serving in the third set to even the set score, but Browne was able to break Chu to win the match.
That left the fate of the Huskies in the hands of Fischer. He and Ken Nakahara were embroiled in a close match, with each winning a set in tie breaker. Fischer held a 5-2 advantage in the second set, up one set, but Nakahara rallied to force a tie breaker which he eventually would go onto win. In the third set, Nakahara broke Fischer early and closed out the match on serve. For Nakahara, the win was his 12-straight.
The Huskies don't have much time to lick their wounds. Tomorrow, the Huskies will host Stanford at Bill Quillian Stadium at 1 p.m. PT.
No. 33 Washington (12-6, 0-3) vs. No. 51 Cal (12-7, 2-1)
Cal 4, UW 3
Bill Quillian Stadium; Seattle, Wash.
1. #43 Slovic/Daniel Chu (UW) def. Browne/John Pettit (CAL), 8-4
2. Fischer/Michael Ricks (UW) def. Geoff Chizever/Heavey (CAL), 9-7
3. Mouillon/Sebescen (CAL) def. Kuharszky/Drabble (UW), 8-5
1. Alex Slovic (UW) def. Pierre Mouillon (CAL), 6-2, 6-1
2. Tyler Browne (CAL) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 7-6, 1-6, 6-4
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Eoin Heavey (CAL), 6-1, 7-5
4. Ken Nakahara (CAL) def. Patrik Fischer (UW), 6-7, 7-6, 6-3
5. Daniel Sebescen (CAL) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-3, 6-2
6. Kallim Stewart (CAL) def. Michael Ricks (UW), 7-6, 6-3
Order of Finish
Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 1, 5, 6, 3, 2, 4