12th-Seed Texas Ends Washington's Season
May 9, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas - One day after one of the best comebacks in school history, the Husky men's tennis team was unable to stage another rally, falling to 12th-ranked Texas, 4-0, today in the second round of the NCAA Championships. Texas was playing on its home courts, the Penick-Allison Tennis Center, and advances to the Round of 16 with the win.
Washington ends the season at 15-9 overall. The Huskies gave a great effort in doubles play and the story could have been different if they had taken the early lead, but Texas prevailed with wins at the second and third spots to move in front. Washington got a big win at No. 1 doubles from 35th-ranked Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl, as they upset the 27th-ranked tandem of Ed Corrie and Kellen Damico, 8-6. The point was decided at third doubles where Texas' Reyes Varela and Sajous overcame Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosisnki, 8-6.
From there Texas took five of the six first sets in singles play. Only Obenaus, one of the hero's of Friday's win, was able to take his first set today.
Drabble, a winner against Texas Tech, was not able to find his rhythm today against Reyes Varela and fell, 6-1, 6-1. The next point came from 19th-ranked Dimitar Kutrovsky, who bested 43rd-ranked sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, 6-4, 6-3 in the top singles match.
The match was clinched at third singles, where Kildahl fell short to Damico, 6-3, 7-5. Texas also held leads of a set and a break at No. 2 and No. 4 singles when play was suspended. Only Obenaus was in front at No. 6 singles, up 6-2, 2-3 over Jonah Kane-West.
Washington will lose three seniors from the 2009 squad, each of whom helped the Huskies to the NCAA Championships every year of their careers. Patrik Fischer, a two-time All-Pac-10 Second Team selection, played his last match today at No. 2 singles, as did senior David Chu at No. 4 singles. Ryo Sekiguchi, a comeback winner on Friday, sat out this afternoon's match.
The season still continues on for Nedunchezhiyan, who will participate in his first NCAA Singles Championships beginning May 20 in College Station, Texas. The All-Pac-10 First Team sophomore could earn All-America honors by reaching the Round of 16.
Washington Men's Tennis
NCAA Championships - Second Round
May 9, 2009 - Austin, Texas
Penick-Allison Tennis Center
No. 12 Texas 4, No. 27 Washington 0
1) (35) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. (27) Corrie/Damico (UT), 8-6
2) (60) Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. (87) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 8-5
3) Reyes Varela/Sajous (UT) def. Obenaus/Alex Rosinski (UW), 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1) (19) Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) def. (43) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 6-4, 6-3
2) (112) Patrik Fischer (UW) vs. Ed Corrie (UT), 4-6, 1-4, susp.
3) Kellen Damico (UT) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-3, 7-5*
4) David Chu (UW) vs. Josh Zavala (UT), 2-6, 2-5, susp.
5) Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-1, 6-1
6) Tobi Obenaus (UW) vs. Jonah Kane-West (UT), 6-2, 2-3, susp.
Order of finish: 5, 1, 3
* Clinched Match