Huskies Roll Past Dons, 7-0
Jan. 18, 2009
SEATTLE - Washington easily handled its first ranked opponent of the season today, downing 67th-ranked San Francisco,7-0, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The 34th-ranked Huskies improved to 3-0, and are now 18-0 in singles matches thus far. The team will now prepare for top-ranked Ohio State, which visits Seattle next Sunday.
'I felt today was our most solid match so far from start to finish. There were a lot of excellent plays out there by our guys,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'We definitely feel like we're into the season now, and we've got some fun stuff ahead of us. We've got a great match next weekend with Ohio State, and then the following weekend on the road at Georgia for the National Team Indoor qualifying.'
After sweeping the doubles point, UW went up 2-0 thanks to sophomore Martin Kildahl, who dominated Karill Karchmit, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles in a match that ended while others were still in their first sets. Washington clinched the win a short time later, when senior Patrik Fischer and sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan put away wins at the top two singles spots. Nedunchezhiyan bested Asaf Cohen, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2 singles, followed moments later by Fischer polishing off Tommy Tu, 6-4, 6-0, at the top spot.
Junior Derek Drabble and USF's Einar Hart were left firing away at No. 5 singles in the last match of the day. Drabble had set points in the first set at 5-4, but Hart held it together and got a service break to win 7-5. In set two, Drabble broke to go up 5-3 and served for the set, but Hart broke right back. Drabble would bounce right back, however, and break serve again to win the set, 6-4. In lieu of a full third set, the two played a 10-point tiebreak to decide the match and Drabble came out on top, 10-7.
'I think the tiebreaker tennis was some of the best tennis I saw all day,' said Anger. 'Both guys were playing some very high-level shots and Derek really earned the win.'
The Huskies looked strong in doubles play, with the closest match being Fischer and Drabble's 8-4 victory at the No. 2 spot over Tu and Nachbauer. Sophomore Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski clinched the point with an 8-2 win at third doubles over Hart and Jacob Hartwig. Kildahl and Nedunchezhiyan rolled in the No. 1 match, 8-1, over Cohen and Karchmit.
Washington must now prepare for a huge challenge in the top-ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State. OSU features three of the top six singles players in the nation. The match takes place next Sunday, Jan. 25, at 12 noon.
Washington Men's Tennis
January 18, 2009 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 34 Washington 7, No. 67 San Francisco 0
1) Kildahl/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Cohen/Karchmit (USF), 8-1
2) Drabble/Fischer (UW) def. Tu/Nachbauer (USF), 8-4
3) Tobi Obenaus/Alex Rosinski (UW) def. Hart/Jacob Hartwig (USF), 8-2
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1) Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Tommy Tu (USF), 6-4, 6-0
2) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Asaf Cohen (USF), 6-3, 6-2
3) David Chu (UW) def. Rainer Nachbauer (USF), 6-3, 6-3
4) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Karill Karchmit (USF), 6-1, 6-0
5) Derek Drabble (UW) def. Einar Hart (USF), 5-7, 6-4, (10-7)
6) Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Mitch del Rosario (USF), 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 4, 2, 1, 6, 3, 5