Huskies Dispatch No. 59 Denver, 5-2
March 1, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior stalwart Andy Kuharszky completed a 4-0 weekend in singles and doubles, and provided the clinching singles point in the 27th-ranked Husky men's tennis team's 5-2 victory over 59th-ranked Denver today. The match was played at the Student Tennis Center, home of the Oregon Ducks whom UW defeated on Friday. Washington improves to 8-4 with the win, while Denver dropped to 9-2.
Kuharszky finished off Denver's David Simson, 6-3, 7-6 (5) at No. 3 singles for his 78th career singles win, which ties him for eighth-place all-time at Washington with Ornello Arlati (1993-96) and Scott Pearson (1980-83). The native of Budapest, Hungary is now also tied for fifth on the career doubles charts, and seventh on the combined singles and doubles wins list.
With sophomore Derek Drabble out with a tweaked ankle, Kuharszky teamed with redshirt freshman Brad Bator at No. 2 doubles, posting an 8-2 win over Benny Althaus and Andrew Landwerlen. The Huskies clinched the point when freshmen Martin Kildahl and Tobi Obenaus scored an 8-6 victory at third doubles over Simson and Kalle Rosen. Kildahl and Obenaus have picked up four straight wins.
The back of UW's singles lineup had some fresh faces inserted with excellent results. Junior David Chu hit the ground running in his first match since Feb. 10, flying through Landwerlen, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 singles. Kildahl, long a starter now in doubles, made his first career singles start and responded with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Rosen at the No. 6 spot.
Freshman Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan also bolstered the Dawgs with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Niklas Persson at second singles.
'We are continuing to get better, and any time you come away from a weekend holding two road wins, you feel pretty good,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'David and Martin both stepped in and played solid today, as did Brad Bator who got us started off quickly in doubles.'
While the Huskies showed off their superior depth against the Pioneers, Denver's top player, Adam Holmstrom, showed why he is one of the nation's top-ranked players. Holmstrom and Persson, the No. 7 doubles team, defeated junior Patrik Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan at No. 1 doubles, and then Holmstrom, ranked 11th in singles, stymied Fischer, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 1 spot. Denver also earned the fourth singles point, where Althaus topped junior Ryo Sekiguchi, 7-5, 6-1.
The Huskies now return to Seattle for their last major non-conference challenge before Pac-10 play begins. UW hosts 22nd-ranked Pepperdine on Friday, March 7, at 3 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Washington Men's Tennis
3/1/08 - Eugene, Ore.
Student Tennis Center
No. 27 Washington 5, No. 59 Denver 2
1. (7) Holmstrom/Persson (Den) def. Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 8-2
2. Kuharszky/Brad Bator (UW) def. Althaus/Landwerlen (Den), 8-2
3. Kildahl/Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Simson/Rosen (Den), 8-6*
1. (11) Adam Holmstrom (Den) def. Patrik Fischer (UW), 6-2, 6-2
2. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Niklas Persson (Den), 6-4, 6-2
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. David Simson (Den), 6-3, 7-6 (5)*
4. Benny Althaus (Den) def. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW), 7-5, 6-1
5. David Chu (UW) def. Andrew Landwerlen (Den), 6-2, 6-0
6. Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Kalle Rosen (Den), 6-3, 6-4
* Clinching Match