Quarterfinals Set at Wilson/ITA Northwest Regionals

Oct. 14, 2007

Tournament Central

SEATTLE - Senior Andy Kuharszky and freshman Tobi Obenaus played their way into the quarterfinals this afternoon in the third day of the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championships. Obenaus, in his home debut at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, also reached the doubles quarterfinals with junior Patrik Fischer.

A strong group of freshmen have been making names for themselves over the first days of the tourney, with freshmen making up half the singles quarterfinalists. First, Stanford freshman Ted Kelly upset the No. 1 seed on Saturday, then today Kelly was bounced by Obenaus, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Freshmen Bozhidar Katzarov and Pedro Zerbini, both of Cal, also moved through to the quarterfinals. Katzarov eliminated one half of the defending Pac-10 Doubles Champions, Blake Muller of Stanford, in straight sets. Zerbini took three sets but took out No. 5-8 seed Laurent Garcin of Nevada. The only player preventing a Pac-10 sweep today was Sacramento State freshman Kiryl Harbatsiuk, who outlasted yet another Cal freshman, Jonathan Dahan, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

The only senior left in the field is UW's Kuharszky, seeded fourth, who was very sharp in defeating Oregon's Marco Verdasco, 6-3, 6-0. No. 3-seeded Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan looked poised to join the stable of freshman quarterfinalists when he took the first set from Oregon sophomore Geoff Embry, 6-3. Embry, however, managed to pull out the second, 7-5, after trailing 5-2, and took a 5-1 lead in the third. Nedunchezhiyan showed good grit in pulling within 5-3, but Embry closed out on serve to get the upset. Junior Patrik Fischer had a tough go as well in his match, falling to Cal's Kallim Stewart, 6-4, 6-3.

In doubles action, Fischer and Obenaus are the only team that doesn't fit the Stanford and Cal quarterfinal theme. The Husky duo upended the No. 5-8 seeded pair of Garcin and Smith from Nevada, however all seven other quarterfinal combos are either Cardinal or Golden Bears. Top-seeded Kelly and Muller from Stanford rolled, 8-1, over a San Francisco duo, and second-seeded Geoff Chivezer and Zerbini also notched an 8-1 win over UW's Kuharszky and freshman Martin Kildahl.

Consolation singles continued this morning as that bracket was trimmed to eight. Junior David Chu had little resistance from Kevin Liang of UC Davis, winning 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarters.

On Monday, the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds for main draw and consolation singles will be played, as well as the quarterfinals of doubles. Come Tuesday, the final singles matches, and final two rounds of doubles will end the tournament.

The two singles finalists and the doubles champion of the Northwest Regional advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships, the second of three majors in collegiate tennis. The National Indoor Championships feature the smallest field of the three, only 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams qualify for the event, held the first week of November in Columbus, Ohio.

2007 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championships
Friday, Oct. 12-Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007
Seattle, Wash. - Nordstrom Tennis Center


Round of 16 - Sunday, Oct. 14
Tobi Obenaus (Wash) def. Ted Kelly (Stan), 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
Bozhidar Katzarov (Cal) def. (9-16) Blake Muller (Stan), 6-3, 6-3
(4) Andy Kuharszky (Wash) def. (9-16) Marco Verdasco (Ore), 6-3, 6-0
(9-16) Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. (5-8) Laurent Garcin (Nev), 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
(9-16) Kiryl Harbatsiuk (Sac St) def. (5-8) Jonathan Dahan (Cal), 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
Geoff Embry (Ore) def. (3) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (Wash), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
(9-16) Kallim Stewart (Cal) def. (5-8) Patrik Fischer (Wash), 6-4, 6-3
(2) Richard Wire (Stan) def. Ken Nakahara (Cal), 6-0, 6-2


Round of 16 - Sunday, Oct. 14
(1) Kelly/Muller (Stan) def. Cohen/del Rosario (USF), 8-1
Katzarov/Stewart (Cal) def. (5-8) Harbatsiuk/Stryhas (Sac St), 9-8
(3) Dahan/Mouillon (Cal) def. Shields/Wong (SCU), 8-5
Fischer/Obenaus (Wash) def. (5-8) Garcin/Smith (Nev), 8-3
(5-8) Hirshman/Wire (Stan) def. Christner/Dvorak (SMC), 8-6
Gilbert/Nakahara (Cal) def. (4) Drabble/Nedunchezhiyan (Wash), Wo (inj)
Kaiser/Zeller (Stan) def. (5-8) Gallardo/Verdasco (Ore), 8-6
(2) Chivezer/Zerbini (Cal) def. Kildahl/Kuharszky (Wash), 8-1

Consolation Singles

Round of 16 - Sunday, Oct. 14
Mitch del Rosario (USF) def. Gabe Kanzelmeyer (Nev), 7-6, 6-1
Greg Hirshman (Stan) def. Francisco Gallardo (Ore), 6-2, 6-4
Xavier Barajas-Smith (Sac St) def. Mike Reiser (UCD), 6-0, 7-5
Andrea Zannoni (SMC) def. Sven-David Ruett (Sac St), 6-1, 3-6, (10-8)
Dillon Pottish (UP) def. Zach Gilbert (Cal), 6-0, 6-2
David Chu (Wash) def. Kevin Liang (UCD), 6-1, 6-1
Holden Ching (Sac St) def. Augustin Myard (Nev), 6-2, 6-4
Stefan Feddersen (Gonz) def. Evan Schleining (UP), 4-1 ret.

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