Huskies Drop Heartbreaker, 4-3, To Broncos

Feb. 8, 2009

SEATTLE - 30th-ranked Boise State handed the No. 39 Washington men's tennis team a heartbreaking 4-3 defeat today to win the Great Northwest Shootout at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. In a back-and-forth battle, the Broncos won the final two singles matches in three sets including the clincher in a third-set tiebreak.

Washington falls to 5-3 with the loss while Boise State improves to 5-3. After both teams defeated Oklahoma in their first matches, the Great Northwest Shootout title came down to the wire, with UW needing just one of two tight final sets, but the Broncos wouldn't fold. At No. 5 singles, 85th-ranked Stanley Sarapanich won the final two games to defeat Tobi Obenaus 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 and tie the score at 3-3. Then Cristian Hodel converted his second match point to overcome junior Derek Drabble, 7-4, in the third set tiebreaker.

The Huskies had fought back to take a 3-2 lead after dropping the doubles point. Sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan continues to play the best tennis of his young career, giving nothing away in a 6-3, 6-4 upset of 22nd-ranked Clancy Shields. Nedunchezhiyan looks like a strong bet to win his second Pac-10 Player of the Week award in a row after he also defeated No. 44 Andrei Daescu of Oklahoma on Friday. Nedunchezhiyan is now 7-1 in dual matches and has beaten three-straight Top-50 opponents.

Sophomore Martin Kildahl also roared back from a second set hiccup to defeat James Meredith at third singles, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. At No. 6 singles, senior David Chu put Washington on the scoreboard with a dominant 6-2, 6-0 win over Blane Shields. Senior Patrik Fischer was unable to upend his second ranked opponent of the weekend, however, losing to 90th-ranked Kean Feeder, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

The Huskies struggled in doubles play to open the match. All three matches ended in 8-5 scores, with the Broncos prevailing at No. 1 and No. 2 to clinch the point. Obenaus and sophomore Brad Bator earned the win for UW at No. 3 doubles over Freddy Walsh and Blane Shields. Sarapanich and Clancy Shields clinched the point for BSU at No. 2, as Drabble and Fischer suffered just their second loss of the year.

Washington continues nonconference play at home next weekend against Oregon and 40th-ranked Fresno State. The Huskies and Ducks will not play their Pac-10 counting match until April 18, but get an early test on Friday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The following Sunday, Feb. 22, the Huskies and Bulldogs will serve it up at 2 p.m.

Washington Men's Tennis
February 8, 2009 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
Great Northwest Shootout

No. 30 Boise State 4, No. 39 Washington 3

Doubles
1) Feeder/Meredith (BSU) def. Kildahl/Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 8-5
2) Sarapanich/C. Shields (BSU) def. Drabble/Fischer (UW), 8-5
3) Obenaus/Brad Bator (UW) def. B. Shields/Freddy Walsh (BSU), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3

Singles
1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (22) Clancy Shields (BSU), 6-3, 6-4
2) (90) Kean Feeder (BSU) def. Patrik Fischer (UW), 7-6 (7), 6-2
3) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. James Meredith (BSU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
4) Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4)
5) (85) Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW), 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
6) David Chu (UW) def. Blane Shields (BSU), 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 1, 2, 3, 5, 4

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