Men's Tennis Falls, 4-3, To Aggies

March 8, 2009

SEATTLE - In a back-and-forth battle, the Washington men's tennis team came up short against Texas A&M, falling 4-3 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center today. The Huskies (9-5) won three straight matches after losing the doubles point, but the Aggies came back with three wins of their own, all in third sets.

After losing doubles in controversial fashion, senior Ryo Sekiguchi got the Huskies off and running in singles play, defeating Kayvon Karimi, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. The two were tied at 3-3 in the first set before Sekiguchi took control. Fellow senior David Chu then trounced Marcus Lunt at fifth singles, winning 6-0, 6-2.

In the No. 1 singles match, 46th-ranked sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan scored another in a series of ranked wins, as he downed 24th-ranked Conor Pollock, 6-3, 7-6 (2). Nedunchezhiyan, who improves to 12-2 in dual singles matches, took a 5-0 lead in the second set tiebreak, and closed it out on his second match point. Nedunchezhiyan has now defeated five Top-50 players, two in the Top-25 since January 31.

Trailing 3-1, the Aggies battled back with wins at second and third singles. 22nd-ranked Wil Spencer was tied with Husky senior Patrik Fischer at 4-4 in the third set, but broke Fischer's serve and then converted his next game to win 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. Sophomore Martin Kildahl also forced a third set after losing the opener, but 107th-ranked Austin Krajicek ultimately came away with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win. The match ended when Alexey Grigorov overcame a first set loss to defeat junior Derek Drabble at No. 4 singles, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles play, Drabble and Kildahl drubbed Colin Hoover and Grigorov, 8-1 to give UW the edge. In the No. 1 doubles match, Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan were on serve with the 6th-ranked team of Pollock and Krajicek, with Fischer serving a 5-6. The Huskies saved three break points and appeared to take the advantage, when it was ruled that Nedunchezhiyan hit a volley over the net, swinging game point back to the Aggies, and they converted and then served out the match. Texas A&M clinched the point with an 8-3 win at third doubles.

'We were competitive at every point and that's what I was really pleased to see,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'Obviously it is a tough loss but this was a very good team, much better than their ranking currently shows. We did well to come back from what was a very unfortunate end to the doubles. We'll just keep working to improve.'

The Huskies will remain at home for a dual against Gonzaga next Friday, March 13 at 5 p.m.

Washington Men's Tennis
March 8, 2009 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 36 Texas A&M 4, No. 22 Washington 3

Doubles
1. (6) Pollock/Krajicek (A&M) def. (66) Nedunchezhiyan/Fischer (UW), 8-5
2. Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Colin Hoover/Grigorov (A&M), 8-1
3. Spencer/Lunt (A&M) def. Alex Rosinski/Brad Bator (UW), 8-3
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles
1. (46) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (24) Conor Pollock (A&M), 6-3, 7-6 (2)
2. (22) Wil Spencer (A&M) def. Patrik Fischer (UW), 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
3. (107) Austin Krajicek (A&M) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
4. Alexey Grigorov (A&M) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 5-7, 6-3, 6-4
5. David Chu (UW) def. Marcus Lunt (A&M), 6-0, 6-2
6. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Kayvon Karimi (A&M), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 5, 1, 3, 2, 4

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