Huskies Fall To Cardinal On Senior Day
April 11, 2009
SEATTLE - The 8th-ranked Stanford Cardinal knocked off the 21st-ranked Husky men's tennis team, 6-1, today at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Stanford eked out the doubles point and then took five of six singles matches, the final two in third-set tiebreaks. Wsahington drops to 13-8 overall and 2-3 in Pac-10 play while the Cardinal improve to 15-5 and 2-3 in conference.
The doubles point went down to the bitter end, with both teams having match points to clinch doubles, but it was the Cardinal that eventually came out on top. With the point tied at one win apiece, UW's No. 2 team of Patrik Fischer and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan went to a tiebreak against Stanford's Blake Muller and Richard Wire. The Huskies had been down 3-6 but rallied to force the breaker. Stanford had two match points in the tiebreak at 6-4, but UW saved both, then had match points of their own up 7-6, and 8-7. The Cardinal fought off both, one on a service return winner that just caught the line, and they went on to win, 10-8.
Earlier, Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl captured the No. 1 doubles match, defeating Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn, 8-4. At third doubles, Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski owned a 6-4 lead over Ted Kelly and Greg Hirshman, but the Cardinal got back on serve and then broke in the final game to win 8-6 after UW had saved four match points.
In singles play, Nedunchezhiyan was unable to compete in his usual No. 1 singles spot due to a lingering illness that kept him out last week as well. Every Husky moved up a spot, and senior Ryo Sekiguchi stepped in at No. 6 singles and then provided the first win of the day, as he knocked off Ted Kelly, 6-3, 6-4. Sekiguchi has now won his past three matches, knocking off Pac-10 foes from USC, UCLA, and Stanford.
From there, however, the Cardinal went on a run. 50th-ranked Bradley Klahn was too tough at No. 1 singles for Fischer, and he notched a 6-2, 6-3 win. Shortly thereafter, Obenaus fell at No. 5 singles to Greg Hirshman, ranked 117th, by a 6-1, 6-1 count. That put Stanford on top 3-1.
The clincher came at second singles, where Stanford's Thacher topped sophomore Martin Kildahl, 6-4, 6-2. With the match decided, the final two matches went to super-tiebreaks in lieu of full third sets. At No. 3 singles, senior David Chu took the first set off 102nd-ranked Richard Wire, 6-4, but Wire took the second set, 6-2, and then prevailed in the tiebreak, 10-6. The No. 4 singles match between Drabble and Muller was even tighter. Muller took the first set in a tiebreaker, before Drabble earned the second set, 6-3. In the super-tiebreak, Drabble held match point at 9-8, but Muller responded with a service ace, and then won the next two points to take the breaker, 11-9.
The Huskies play their regular season finale on the road next Saturday, April 18, at Oregon. That match will be followed by the Pac-10 Championships from April 23-26 and then NCAA Regional play the second week of May.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 11, 2009 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 8 Stanford 6, No. 21 Washington 1
1) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Thacher/Klahn (Stan), 8-4
2) (34) Muller/Wire (Stan) def. (43) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 9-8 (8)
3) Kelly/Hirshman (Stan) def. Obenaus/Rosinski (UW), 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1) (50) Bradley Klahn (Stan) def. (113) Patrik Fischer (UW), 6-2, 6-3
2) Ryan Thacher (Stan) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-4, 6-2
3) (102) Richard Wire (Stan) def. David Chu (UW), 4-6, 6-2, (10-6)
4) Blake Muller (Stan) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 7-6 (4), 3-6, (11-9)
5) (117) Greg Hirshman (Stan) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW), 6-1, 6-1
6) Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Ted Kelly (Stan), 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 6, 1, 5, 2, 3, 4