No. 34 Huskies Eclipse the Sun Devils
April 13, 2007
SEATTLE - The 34th-ranked Husky men's tennis turned in one of their best performances of the season and beat the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils 6-1 on Friday at the Nordstrom Tennis Courts. Washington improved to 14-6 on the season, 2-3 in Pac-10 action, while the No. 49 Sun Devils fell to 11-9, 2-3.
Washington took the early lead by winning two of the three doubles matches. The Huskies took the No. 3 and No. 2 matches before ASU responded with a victory at No. 1 in a battle of ranked teams. The No. 3 team of Derek Drabble and Andy Kuharszky were the first off the court with an 8-3 win, followed by a point-clinching 8-4 win by Patrik Fischer and Michael Ricks at No. 2. Fischer and Ricks improved to a team-best 19-7 on the season, while Kuharszky and Drabble improved to 10-6.
At No. 1, the Huskies 43rd-ranked team of Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic led the 57th-ranked team of Matt Brooklyn and Wes Miller 5-3 before the Sun Devils held serve and broke the Huskies to tie the match. Miller and Brooklyn went on to win a 7-5 decision in a tie breaker. Chu and Slovic were denied a chance to add onto their Husky record 81 doubles victories.
What little momentum ASU gained by winning the No. 1 doubles match, the Huskies stole away on the singles courts. Senior Michael Ricks, playing his second to last home match, won easily at No. 6 to give the Huskies a 2-0 advantage. Ricks improved to 13-7 on the season, 8-4 in dual matches.
The Huskies quickly clinched the match when Slovic and Kuharszky left the court soon after Ricks with victories. Slovic was first off the court, beating 96th-ranked Juan Rebaza in straight sets at No. 1. The victory was Slovic's third in a row over a top-notch opponent and improved him to 15-9 on the season. He also moved into a tie with Jeremy Berman for fourth on the all-time Husky list for singles wins (91).
Kuharszky gave the Huskies the insurmountable 4-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Wes Miller at No. 3. Kuharszky notched his team-best 21st win of the season (21-7) and improved to 13-0 at home.
'We came out really fast on a couple courts,' said Husky Head Coach Matt Anger. 'Everybody was ready to play, whether it was outdoors or indoors. It was a really solid performance by our guys overall.'
The Huskies kept it going, winning the next two matches to increase their lead to 6-0. Fischer won 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 4 to improve to 15-9 on the season, while Derek Drabble won 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 to raise his record to 11-10 on the season.
Arizona State picked up its lone win at No 2 where freshman Matt Brooklyn beat the Huskies Daniel Chu, 6-3, 7-5. For Brooklyn, the win was his 23rd this season.
'It's definitely the end of an era,' said Anger about his three seniors who were part of the Huskies lone Pac-10 Championship and made two appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16. 'I never look at it (last match for seniors at home) as a special day. It's a sad day. But, you know, we've got to move forward.'
Friday, April 13, 2007; Seattle, Wash.
#49 Arizona State (11-9, 2-3) at #34 Washington (14-6, 2-3)
UW 6, Arizona State 1
1. #57 Miller/Brooklyn (ASU) def. #43 Slovic/Daniel Chu (UW), 6-5 (5)
2. Fischer/Ricks (UW) def. Hegarty/Rebaza (ASU), 8-4
3. Kuharszky/Drabble (UW) def. Bellama/Jack Marsh (ASU), 8-3
1. Alex Slovic (UW) vs. #96 Juan Rebaza (ASU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Matt Brooklyn (ASU) def. Daniel Chu (UW), 6-3, 7-5
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Wes Miller (ASU), 6-0, 6-4
4. Patrik Fischer (UW) def. T.J. Bellama (ASU), 6-4, 6-1
5. Derek Drabble (UW) def. Nick Hegarty (ASU), 6-1, 6-4
6. Michael Ricks (UW) def. Jack Marsh (ASU), 6-0, 6-2
Order of Finish:
Doubles: 3, 2, 1
Singles: 6, 1, 3, 4, 5, 2