Huskies Wind Up 26th In Final ITA Rankings
June 4, 2009
SEATTLE - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its final team and individual rankings recently, putting a cap on the 2008-09 tennis season. The Husky men finished 26th following their 15th-consecutive NCAA tourney appearance.
Washington began the season 34th in the rankings but climbed to a season-high of 21st at one point before ending the year at 26th. It is the ninth time the UW has ended the year in the Top-30 under head coach Matt Anger. Washington finished the season with a 15-9 record and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. All nine of UW's losses came to teams that finished ranked in the Top-20.
The past two years saw UW finish 35th and 36th in the rankings and lose in the NCAA first round, so this season past season was certainly a step forward.
In the singles rankings, sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, a First Team All-Pac-10 performer, wound up ranked 52nd nationally, after being as high as 31st this season. He played in his first NCAA Singles Championships, going out in the first round.
Senior Patrik Fischer was ranked throughout the year as well, and ended up at 110th. Fischer was voted to the All-Pac-10 Second Team for the second straight year and helped UW to NCAA's in each of his three years.
One of the biggest jumps late in the season came from sophomore Martin Kildahl and junior Derek Drabble in doubles play. The two had a number of big wins down the stretch at No. 1 doubles, including advancing to the semis of the Pac-10 Championships. They also just missed selection to the NCAA doubles tourney, as they were listed as alternates. In the final rankings they moved up to a career-best No. 31.
Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan also appeared in the final doubles rankings at 84th.
In the final West Region rankings, which includes all Pac-10 teams plus the likes of Pepperdine and Fresno State, Nedunchezhiyan finished eighth and Fischer was 20th. Drabble and Kildahl were sixth in doubles and Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan were 13th.