No. 21 Washington Stumbles At No. 9 UCLA
April 4, 2009
LOS ANGELES - It was a tough day for the UW men's tennis team in Los Angeles, as 9th-ranked UCLA downed the 21st-ranked Huskies, 6-1, dropping the Dawgs to 12-7 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play. The match was closer than the score might indicate, as three singles matches went to third set tiebreaks.
Washington again played without its No. 1 player, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who was out sick, and certainly needed their energizing sophomore in the tough road environment of the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
Senior Ryo Sekiguchi secured Washington's only point, defeating Ahmed Ismail, 7-5, 2-6, and 10-6 in the super-tiebreak at No. 6 singles. Sekiguchi also was victorious at USC on Friday afternoon, completing quite an impressive weekend for the Tokyo, Japan native.
UCLA swept doubles play and then won in straight sets at second and third singles to take a commanding 3-0 lead. 119th-ranked Michael Look topped sophomore Martin Kildahl at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-4, and 114th-ranked Nick Meister was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over senior David Chu.
Washington remained in striking range in the other four matches, however. But the Bruins would ruin the suspense by winning at fifth singles, as sophomore Tobi Obenaus was unable to solve Amit Inbar, falling 7-6, 6-3.
At No. 1 singles, senior Patrik Fischer was just a game away from victory against Holden Seguso, but came up just short in the third set as the match went all the way to a true third set tiebreaker. Seguso won out, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6. Junior Derek Drabble hung in after a 6-1 first set loss to take the second set in a tiebreaker against Harel Srugo at fourth singles. Srugo, though, would win the 10-point super-tiebreak for the third set.
Washington closes out its home schedule with two more crucial Pac-10 matches next weekend. First up is 44th-ranked Cal on Friday, April 10, with first serve slated for 1 p.m. The next day, the 8th-ranked Stanford Cardinal will be on hand for a 12:30 p.m. match. It will be the final home appearances for three senior starters: David Chu, Patrik Fischer, and Ryo Sekiguchi.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 4, 2009 - Los Angeles, Calif.
Los Angeles Tennis Center
No. 9 UCLA 6, No. 21 Washington 1
1. Look/Meister (UCLA) def. Drabble/Kildahl (UW), 8-5
2. (61) Srugo/Inbar (UCLA) def. Fischer/Obenaus (UW), 8-5
3. Seguso/Brazdil (UCLA) def. Chu/Rosinski (UW), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1. Holden Seguso (UCLA) def. (113) Patrik Fischer (UW), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
2. (119) Michael Look (UCLA) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-3, 6-4
3. (114) Nick Meister (UCLA) def. David Chu (UW), 6-1, 6-2
4. Harel Srugo (UCLA) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-1, 6-7, 1-0
5. Amit Inbar (UCLA) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW), 7-6, 6-3
6. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Ahmed Ismail (UCLA), 7-5, 2-6, 1-0
Order of finish: 2, 3, 5, 6, 4, 1