Men's Tennis Blanks Ball State
Feb. 10, 2008
SEATTLE - The Husky men's tennis team was successful in its final tune-up before next weekend's ITA National Team Indoor Championships, defeating Ball State 7-0 today at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
The Huskies (4-2) claimed the doubles point, then registered five straight-set singles wins to dispatch the Cardinals.
In the top singles match, junior Patrik Fischer (Huttwil, Bern, Switzerland) wore down Jose Perdomo for a 7-5, 6-2 victory. Freshman Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (Chennai, India) was a 6-3, 6-2 winner at No. 2 singles over Eduardo Pavia.
Sophomore Derek Drabble (Johannesburg, South Africa) was in control during a 6-4, 6-2 victory at fourth singles over Jorge Rodriguez, and junior Ryo Sekiguchi (Tokyo, Japan) improved to a team-best 5-1 in dual play, scorching Jimmy Brannon, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 singles to get the Huskies moving in singles.
'Ryo was machine-like out there today. Not only is he confident, but the other guys on the team are confident with Ryo out on the court,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'They know that nobody's unbeatable, but at the same time somebody's going to have to really play well to knock off Ryo because he's pretty sharp.'
The match was clinched by junior David Chu, a 6-3, 6-0 winner at No. 6 singles over Shaun Bussert. Chu is a perfect 4-0 in dual play and a team-best 14-4 overall. Senior Andy Kuharszky put the cap on the match with a come-from-behind win at No. 3 singles. He lost the first set to Bret Berryman, 4-6, and was down 1-3 in the second set, before rallying for five straight games to tie things up. UW had already clinched, so the two played a 10-point super-tiebreak, and Kuharszky prevailed, 10-5.
The doubles point came down to the wire, and ended in bizarre fashion. Things began well enough for Washington as David Chu and Martin Kildahl rolled to an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles over Jimmy Brannon and Shaun Bussert. However, Ball State evened things up with an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles. The tandem of Perdomo and Rodriguez won the final five games against Kuharszky and Drabble.
With the doubles point on the line, the No. 2 doubles match entered a tiebreak. Washington's Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan trailed, 8-7, in the breaker with Ball State serving. In the middle of the following point, Ball State's Berryman let out a loud scream, thinking the point had been won. But Fischer had tracked down the ball and returned it in play, despite pulling up at Berryman's shout. Ball State won the point, but the Husky players and coaches protested, and after some discussion amongst the referees, the point was reversed and awarded to Washington, tying things at 8-8. After at least a 10 minute delay, the teams resumed play, and Washington claimed the next two points for the match and the doubles point lead.
'There were a few interesting and different moments out there, but most of the tennis was pretty good today,' Anger said. 'Over the weekend our doubles was a little better. We're not all the way there yet. Today I thought we didn't start out very well, and it kind of cost us, and really we should have lost the doubles point today. But it was better than it was last week and the week before.'
The Huskies must now prepare for the 2008 ITA National Men's Team Indoor Championships, which they will host next weekend. UW is the 15th-seed in the draw, and will face second-seeded Georgia on Friday, Feb. 15, at 5:30 p.m. in the first round. The match will be at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Georgia is the defending NCAA Champion and has not lost a match since 2006.
'It's going to be exciting,' said Anger on the tourney. 'The tournament's been a lot of fun every time it's been here. Obviously I'm excited about our matches, but really the whole tournament is great and it's good to bring this many teams playing this type of tournament here in Seattle. It's good for the people here.'
For more information on the ITA National Team Indoors, visit the tournament page at www.gohuskies.com.
Washington Men's Tennis
2/10/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 38 Washington 7, Ball State 0
1. Perdomo/Rodriguez (BSU) def. Kuharszky/Drabble (UW), 8-6
2. Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Pavia/Berryman (BSU), 9-8 (8)*
3. Chu/Kildahl (UW) def. Brannon/Bussert (BSU), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Jose Perdomo (BSU), 7-5, 6-2
2. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Eduardo Pavia (BSU), 6-3, 6-2
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Bret Berryman (BSU), 4-6, 6-3, (10-5)
4. Derek Drabble (UW) vs. Jorge Rodriguez (BSU), 6-4, 6-2
5. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Jimmy Brannon (BSU), 6-0, 6-1
6. David Chu (UW) def. Shaun Bussert (BSU), 6-3, 6-0*
Order of finish: 5, 4, 6, 2, 1, 3
* Clinching match