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.

The Huskies will return to the court on Sunday, April 15 when they take on Arizona in the home finale for the UW's three seniors: Daniel Chu, Michael Ricks, and Alex Slovic.

'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

Doubles
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

Singles
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

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