Huskies Sweep Season-Opener Over Zags
Jan. 14, 2010
SEATTLE - In the season-opener for both teams, the 26th-ranked Husky men's tennis team handled the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 7-0, this evening at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Washington (1-0) swept the doubles point and won all six singles matches in straight sets as it began its 102nd season of play.
The Huskies, seeking a 16th-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance this year, threw an experienced lineup at the Bulldogs with one senior, four juniors, and just one freshman in the singles order. The lone freshman, Kyle McMorrow of Thousand Oaks, Calif., was the first winner today, defeating Levin Guillermo, 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles position.
'We came out pretty well for a first match. We were pretty sharp,' said head coach Matt Anger, now in the 16th year of his tenure. 'You never know what you're going to get in a first match. Sometimes you'll have some jitters, but I thought our guys were solid, and that's probably an example of a team that's got a lot of experience now. It's been a long time coming for Kyle to get his first match under his belt since he committed two years ago. We're very excited he's on our side.'
Junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, an All-Pac-10 first teamer last year, showed off his variety of skills in frustrating Conor Feeney at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3. At No. 3 singles, junior Martin Kildahl played his first match since last spring after recovering from foot surgery. Kildahl posted a 6-3, 6-3 win over Roman Dojcak.
UW's only senior, Derek Drabble, won efficiently, 6-1, 6-2 against Kevin Eischen at the fourth spot. Bothell native Brad Bator earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Scott Sullivan at No. 5 singles, while junior Tobi Obenaus took care of Tyler Campbell at No. 6 by a 6-1, 6-2 count. Obenaus's win was the clinching point.
In doubles play, the Huskies got out to 2-0 leads in every match and Gonzaga never got back on serve. Nedunchezhiyan and McMorrow finished first with an 8-2 win over Eischen and Feeney. Clinching the point was Obenaus and junior Alex Rosinski at the No. 3 spot, pulling away from Guillermo and Jake Davis for an 8-3 win. At No. 2, Drabble and Kildahl won the final two games to complete an 8-5 win over Dojcak and Sullivan.
The Huskies will pack quickly and head off for Fayetteville, Arkansas where they will play a rare Sunday road dual against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The match will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific time.
Washington Men's Tennis
January 14, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 26 Washington 7, Gonzaga 0
1) McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Eischen/Feeney (GU), 8-2
2) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Dojcak/Sullivan (GU), 8-5
3) Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) def. Guillermo/Davis (GU), 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Conor Feeney (GU), 6-1, 6-3
2) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Levin Guillermo (GU), 6-0, 6-2
3) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Roman Dojcak (GU), 6-3, 6-3
4) Derek Drabble (UW) def. Kevin Eischen (GU), 6-1, 6-2
5) Brad Bator (UW) def. Scott Sullivan (GU), 6-3, 6-4
6) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Tyler Campbell (GU), 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 4, 6, 1, 3, 5