Huskies Sharp in Sweep of Gauchos
Feb. 8, 2008
SEATTLE - The 38th-ranked Husky men's tennis team picked up an emphatic win this evening, sweeping UC Santa Barbara, 7-0, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies (3-2) snapped a two-match losing streak and improved to 3-0 at home this season.
Washington was the sharpest it has been in its three home outings thus far, winning every set in singles against a Gaucho team that won the Big West Championship last season and made the NCAA tournament.
'It's not like last week woke us up, because our guys know what good tennis is,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'They know you have to play hard from the beginning, and you can't dig any holes, and we did that pretty well tonight. The match was definitely closer than the score. I'm looking at the score now and thinking, wow, I didn't expect that. They've got some guys that are very solid, and I think they'll be doing all right this year. So I'm without a doubt pleased.'
Leading 1-0 after doubles play, senior Andy Kuharszky scored the first point in singles, volleying and slicing his way past Jack Hui, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Next up, David Chu improved to 3-0 in dual play by virtue of a 6-0, 6-4 win at sixth singles over Eric Lee.
Freshman Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan moved up to No. 2 singles for the first time and flummoxed UCSB's Philip Therp, 6-1, 6-3 in the clinching match. Junior Patrik Fischer then finished off the top singles match, making very few errors in wearing out Bijan Hejazi, 6-4, 6-1.
'Jeevan's got a lot of talent, and his game is improving,' said Anger. 'I don't think he's going to be overmatched out there against anyone. I really believe in him, I really do. He needs to just keep getting experience and learn how to win in different situations against different styles, and he's going to get that.'
The final two matches finished within a second of each other. At No. 4 singles junior Ryo Sekiguchi downed Alexander Konigsfeldt, 6-3, 6-1, then at No. 5 singles, sophomore Derek Drabble fought off Josh Finkelstein, 6-1, 7-6, seven points to three in the tiebreak.
Washington prevailed in a noisy and intense doubles point, two matches to one. The Huskies got early breaks in the No. 1 and 2 doubles matches and eventually made them hold up. The No. 2 team of Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan completed their 8-5 victory moments before Kuharszky and Drabble wrapped things up with an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles over Therp and Hui. Serving down 6-7, UW's No. 3 team of Brad Bator and Martin Kildahl was broken, preventing the sweep, but UW still held the 1-0 lead.
Washington will hit the courts next on Sunday, Feb. 10, against Ball State. First serve is scheduled for 12 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Washington Men's Tennis
2/8/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 38 Washington 7, UC Santa Barbara 0
1. Kuharszky/Drabble (UW) def. Therp/Hui (UCSB), 8-4*
2. Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Finkelstein/Konigsfeldt (UCSB), 8-5
3. Hejazi/Barton (UCSB) def. Bator/Kildahl (UW), 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1. Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Bijan Hejazi (UCSB), 6-4, 6-1
2. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Philip Therp (UCSB), 6-1, 6-3*
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Jack Hui (UCSB), 6-1, 6-1
4. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) vs. Alexander Konigsfeldt (UCSB), 6-3, 6-1
5. Derek Drabble (UW) vs. Josh Finkelstein (UCSB), 6-1, 7-6 (3)
6. David Chu (UW) def. Eric Lee (UCSB), 6-0, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 6, 2, 1, 4, 5
* Clinching match