UW Men's Tennis Rallies for First Conference Win
April 7, 2007
SEATTLE - A day after losing a heartbreaker to California, the Washington men's tennis team rebounded to beat the Stanford Cardinal 6-1 on Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The win gave the No. 33 Huskies (13-6, 1-3) their first Pac-10 Conference victory of the season and dropped the No. 60 Cardinal to 7-12, 1-3 in league play.
Things looked bleak for the Huskies early as they were unable to win the all-important doubles point. Matt Bruch and Blake Muller denied the 43rd-ranked team and all-time winning Husky duo of Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu of their 82nd career win with an 8-6 decision at No. 1. Andy Kuharszky and Derek Drabble were the lone Husky doubles team to emerge victorious, scoring an 8-5 win at No. 3.
Despite being in the hole, Husky Head Coach Matt Anger remained positive. After winning the doubles point the previous day against Cal and eventually losing, Anger felt more confident on Saturday heading to singles action.
'We actually played better in doubles today than yesterday,' said Anger. 'I felt Stanford was just a little bit better and took advantage of little mistakes. Yesterday we didn't finish and I just thought our guys would come around in singles.'
Washington did just that, sweeping all six singles matches. Patrik Fischer led the way for the Huskies, breezing to a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 and evening the match at 1-1. Minutes late, Michael Ricks came off the No. 6 court with a 6-3, 6-2 decision to give the Huskies the lead.
Freshman Derek Drabble followed suit with a 6-3, 6-4 decision at No. 4 to draw the Huskies closer to the victory, but the clinching point wouldn't be quite as easy.
Andy Kuharszky breezed through the first set against Blake Muller at No. 3, but his Cardinal foe was not going to roll over easily. The pair battled back-and-forth, forcing a second-set tiebreaker. Muller took a 5-3 advantage, but Kuharszky was able to battle back and tie the tie breaker up at 6-6. Kuharszky broke Muller at that point and then used a serve-and-volley to put away his opponent and the Cardinal team.
With the decision in hand, Chu and Slovic were left on the court with split sets. Both embarked on a super tie breaker and both eventually emerged with 11-9 victories. Slovic took out Bruch at No. 1 to earn the 90th singles victory of his career, while Chu beat freshman Richard Wire, ranked 71st nationally, at No. 2. Chu's win is his second this season over a ranked foe.
The Huskies will return to the court with Friday, April 13 and Sunday, April 15 matches against Arizona State and Arizona.
Lloyd Nordstrom Tennis Center; Seattle, Wash.
April 7, 2007
#33 UW 6, #60 Stanford 1
Records: Stanford (7-12, 1-3), Washington (13-6, 1-3)
1. Bruch/Muller (STAN) def. #43 Slovic/Daniel Chu (UW), 8-6
2. Wire/Paul Morrissey (STAN) def. Fischer/Ricks (UW), 8-6
3. Kuharszky/Drabble (UW) def. McKean/Kaiser (STAN), 8-5
1. Alex Slovic (UW) def. Matt Bruch (STAN), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 1-0 (11-9)
2. Daniel Chu (UW) def. #74 Richard Wire (STAN), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Blake Muller (STAN), 6-3, 7-6 (6)
4. Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Eric McKean (STAN), 6-2, 6-1
5. Derek Drabble (UW) def. Kevin Kaiser (STAN), 6-3, 6-4
6. Michael Ricks (UW) def. Jeff Zeller (STAN), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 2, 3, 1
Singles: 4, 6, 5, 3, 2, 1