No. 21 Huskies Net Key Pac-10 Win Over Cal, 4-3

April 10, 2009

SEATTLE - Sophomore Martin Kildahl ended a tense Pac-10 dual against the Cal Bears today, defeating Nick Andrews, 7-6 (8), 7-5 to clinch the win for the 21st-ranked Husky men's tennis team. Washington won the doubles point and then took three of the first four singles matches, ultimately taking a 4-3 decision over the Bears (9-9, 1-3). The Huskies (13-7, 2-2 Pac-10) close our their home schedule tomorrow afternoon against No. 8 Stanford.

'We knew that Cal was very good from top to bottom, and had been playing very well of late and hitting the ball well at every spot, so I was impressed with our effort today,' said head coach Matt Anger.

Washington came out sharp in doubles play, sweeping the Bears to take a 1-0 lead. The first win came at the No. 3 spot, where Washington had lost four in a row and eight of its last nine. Today, however, sophomores Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski found the winning chemistry, defeating Nick Andrews and Thai Tu, 8-3. 43rd-ranked Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Patrik Fischer then clinched the point with an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles over Jonathan Dahan and Bozhidar Katsarov. Martin Kildahl and Derek Drabble then closed out the sweep with an 8-5 upset of 13th-ranked Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini.

Cal earned the first win in singles, as 81st-ranked Zerbini upset 40th-ranked Nedunchezhiyan at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3. Washington retook the lead moments later, as Drabble finished off a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Katsarov in the No. 5 singles spot.

'Derek beat a very good player who made the semifinals of Regionals the last time he played here. But Derek got on top and then just did not let him into the match.'

Fischer, in his second to last home dual, lost a chance to serve out his No. 2 singles match against Eoin Heavey, up 6-3, 5-3. Fischer held his service game though, and broke Heavey in the 12th game of the set for a 6-3, 7-5 win.

At third singles, Kildahl and Andrews were evenly matched throughout, rarely making much headway on each other's service games. The first set went to a tiebreak, which Kildahl pulled out, ten points to eight. Neither player broke serve in the second set, until Andrews fell behind 15-40 with Kildahl ahead 6-5. Andrews saved the first match point, but then sent the ball wide on match point number two to touch off the celebration. Kildahl improves to 12-4 at No. 3 singles this year.

'Nick Andrews kills me to see him on the other side of the net, because his father played here in the `70's, and was a good Husky and helped me a lot when I was a junior,' said Anger. 'We just didn't have any aid to offer him. But both he and Martin were trading huge forehands toe-to-toe and that obviously turned out to be the crucial point for us.'

Washington won the first sets at both fourth and sixth singles as well, but Cal came back to win both matches after UW had clinched. Senior David Chu struggled after a 6-3 first set win, losing the next two sets to Thai Tu, 6-0 and 6-1. At sixth singles, Obenaus had a 6-4, 4-1 lead over Cal's Dahan, but Dahan took five games in a row to win the second set, and then he won a super-tiebreaker for the third set, 11-9.

Tomorrow, the Huskies and Cardinal will meet at 12:30 p.m., in the final home match for seniors Fischer, Chu, and Ryo Sekiguchi.

Washington Men's Tennis
April 10, 2009 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 21 Washington 4, No. 37 California 3

Doubles
1) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. (13) Chizever/Zerbini (Cal), 8-5
2) (43) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Dahan/Katsarov (Cal), 8-4
3) Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) def. Andrews/Tu (Cal), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles
1) (81) Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. (40) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 6-1, 6-3
2) (113) Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Eoin Heavey (Cal), 6-3, 7-5
3) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Nick Andrews (Cal), 7-6 (8), 7-5*
4) Thai Tu (Cal) def. David Chu (UW), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
5) Derek Drabble (UW) def. Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal), 6-1, 6-3
6) Jonathan Dahan (Cal) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW), 4-6, 6-4, (11-9)
Order of finish: 1, 5, 2, 3, 4, 6
* Clinched match

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