Dawgs Clip Ducks In Regular Season Finale
April 18, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - The Husky men's tennis team will head into postseason play on a positive note, as they earned a 5-2 road win today over the Oregon Ducks in the regular season finale for both teams. Washington, ranked 21st, earns a tie for third place in the Pac-10 standings with a 3-3 conference record and is now 14-8 overall.
This was the second win of the season for the Huskies over the Ducks, but Oregon kept things closer this time than the first meeting, a sweep for UW in Seattle on Feb. 20. Washington welcomed back sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan to the top of its singles lineup. Due to illness, Nedunchezhiyan had only attempted to play singles once over the past four matches.
Nedunchezhiyan scored one of the day's most dominating victory, blasting Marcos Verdasco in the top spot, 6-1, 6-0. Matching Nedunchezhiyan's dominance was junior Derek Drabble at No. 5 singles, as he raced past Duncan MacDonald-Korth, 6-1, 6-0 as well. That gave UW a 3-1 lead with Oregon's Alexander Cornelissen upsetting Patrik Fischer, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 singles and UW owning the doubles point.
The win was secured by sophomore Martin Kildahl. The Norway native improved to 13-4 at No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ayrton Wibowo. Fellow sophomore Tobi Obenaus then overcame a second set hiccup to upend Oregon's Sho Higuchi, 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 in the sixth singles spot. The Ducks ended the match with their second point, as Jose' Izquierdo held off senior David Chu, 6-2, 7-6.
In earlier doubles action, UW's two ranked teams each earned wins at the top two doubles slots to put a crimp in any Oregon upset plans. The 67th-ranked duo of Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan downed Verdasco and Cornelissen at the No. 1 spot, 8-4. Drabble and Kildahl, ranked 61st, then clinched the point with an 8-6 win at No. 2. Oregon eked out a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles after the point was clinched.
Washington finishes in a tie with Stanford for third in the conference standings, behind UCLA, which completed a 7-0 conference slate, and USC at 6-1. Cal, Arizona, and Oregon finished behind the Huskies. The Pac-10 Championships will be held next week in Ojai, Calif. to crown conference singles and doubles titles. The tourney gets underway, Thursday, April 23.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 18, 2009 - Eugene, Ore.
18th Street Tennis Courts
No. 21 Washington 5, Oregon 2
1) (67) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Verdasco/Cornelissen (UO), 8-4
2) (61) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Wibowo/MacDonald-Korth (UO), 8-6
3) Myrhed/Mortera (UO) def. Obenaus/Rosinski (UW), 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1) (44) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Marcos Verdasco (UO), 6-1, 6-0
2) Alexander Cornelissen (UO) def. (93) Patrik Fischer (UW), 6-2, 6-2
3) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Ayrton Wibowo (UO), 6-4, 6-2
4) Jose' Izquierdo (UO) def. David Chu (UW), 6-2, 7-6
5) Derek Drabble (UW) def. Duncan MacDonald-Korth (UO), 6-1, 6-0
6) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Sho Higuchi (UO), 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 5, 1, 3, 6, 4