Drabble Sharp On Day One For Men's Tennis

Oct. 4, 2008

FRESNO, Calif. - In the first day of the 2008-09 fall tennis season, junior Derek Drabble led the Washington cause at the Bulldog Classic hosted by Fresno State, winning twice in both singles and doubles.

Drabble advanced into the quarterfinals in both the Flight A singles flight and the Flight A doubles bracket with partner Martin Kildahl. His singles play began with a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Drew Jacobs of Cal Poly. Later in the day Drabble knocked off 6th-seeded Jay Wong of Santa Clara, 6-3, 6-2. He will play top-seeded Pedro Zerbini of Cal in the quarters. Zerbini defeated Kildahl in the second round, after Kildahl had topped Khunpol Issara of UC Irvine, 7-6, 6-3, in round one.

Also competing in the top singles draw were seniors David Chu and Ryo Sekiguchi. Chu, seeded third, won his opening match against Mike Reiser of UC Davis in three sets, but fell to Thai Tu of Cal in the second round, 6-4, 6-4. Sekiguchi lost to UC Irvine's Fabian Matthews in the first round.

As the second seed in the top doubles flight, Drabble and Kildahl survived a tough first match against Beron and Shulz Van Endert of San Diego State, winning 9-7. They had an easier second match over Oregon's Myrhed and Wibowo, prevailing 8-5.

Redshirt freshman Matt Stith picked up his first win in his first career match today, defeating Troy Kellenberger, 6-3, 6-1 in the Flight C singles bracket. Stith took the first set in the second round from UCSB's Devin Nerenberg, but the Gaucho came back to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Also starting their seasons today were sophomores Brad Bator, Alex Rosinski, and Skyler Tateishi, who all took part in the B flight, but each fell in three setters.

The tournament continues through Sunday at the Wathen Tennis Center.

Washington Men's Tennis
Bulldog Tennis Classic
8/3/08 - Fresno, Calif.
Wathen Tennis Center

Flight A Singles
First Round
Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Khunpol Issara (UCI), 7-6, 6-3
Derek Drabble (UW) def. Drew Jacobs (CP), 6-4, 7-6
(3) David Chu (UW) def. Mike Reiser (UCD), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
Fabian Matthews (UCI) def. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW), 6-1, 6-3

Second Round
Derek Drabble (UW) def. (6) Jay Wong (SCU), 6-3, 6-2
(1) Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-3, 6-2
Thai Tu (Cal) def. (3) David Chu (UW), 6-4, 6-4

Consolation
Ayrton Wibowo (Ore) def. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW), 6-2, 3-6, (13-11)

Flight B Singles
First Round

Steven Henderson (UCI) def. Alex Rosinski (UW), 7-6, 4-6, 7-6
Remi Boutillier (FSU) def. Skyler Tateishi (UW), 4-6, 7-6, 6-1
Kristian Kuharszky (Nev) def. Brad Bator (UW), score unavailable

Flight C Singles
First Round

Matt Stith (UW) def. Troy Kellenberger (FCC), 6-3, 6-1

Second Round
(2) Devin Nerenberg (UCSB) def. Matt Stith (UW), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Flight A Doubles
First Round

(2) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Beron/Shulz Van Endert (SDSU), 9-7
Dahan/Tu (Cal) def. (4) Chu/Sekiguchi (UW), 8-1

Second Round
(2) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Myrhed/Wibowo (Ore), 8-5

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