UW Makes It Four Straight With 6-1 Win Over Irvine
Jan. 23, 2010
SEATTLE - The 26th-ranked Huskies continued their hot start on their home courts today, blowing by UC Irvine, 6-1, to improve to 4-0 early in the season. Washington swept the doubles and took five of six singles matches in straight sets to hand the Anteaters (2-1) their first loss of the year. It is the first 4-0 start for the Husky men since 2006, which was their last appearance in the NCAA Round of 16.
'I was very impressed with how we came out today,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'They're a pretty strong team and already won a couple matches up here so we knew they would be ready to go, but we played some impressive tennis.'
All-Pac-10 First Teamer Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan was sharp today in singles, taking a 6-0 first set over Fabian Matthews, then breaking midway through the second to finish off the win, 6-3. Bothell native Brad Bator put the Dawgs up 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Khunpol Issara. Bator is now 8-0 in singles matches for the season.
The clinching point was served up by freshman Kyle McMorrow, who moved to 4-0 in dual play at No. 2 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Sam Gould. Shortly thereafter, senior Derek Drabble pushed his record to 4-0 as well, defeating Zac Tsai, 6-2, 6-2 in the four spot.
Junior Tobi Obenaus posted the final point of the day for the Dawgs, downing Steven Henderson, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 5 singles. UC Irvine's lone point came at the No. 3 spot, as junior Martin Kildahl stormed back from a set down to win the second set, 6-1, and force a third-set super-tiebreak, but UCI's Shimpei Suzuki won the breaker, 10-7.
Washington broke UC Irvine early and often in doubles play. Obenaus and junior Alex Rosinski improved to 4-0 at No. 3 doubles with an 8-2 win over Suzuki and John Kazarian. A minute later, Nedunchezhiyan and McMorrow clinched the point with an 8-2 win of their own at No. 2 over Gould and Henderson. Finally, Drabble and Kildahl finished things with an 8-3 win at the top doubles spot over Issara and Tsai.
Next weekend looms large for the Dawgs as Washington travels to perennial powerhouse Illinois four the qualifying rounds of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Huskies and 15th-ranked Illinois will be joined by 22nd-ranked Boise State and No. 27 Virginia Tech. On Friday, Jan. 29, Washington and Boise State will play with the winner taking on the winner of the Illinois-Virginia Tech match on Saturday, Jan. 30., for the right to advance to the 16-team National Team Indoor Championships. The final site is in Charlottesville, Va., held Feb. 12-15.
Washington Men's Tennis
January 23, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 26 Washington 6, UC Irvine 1
1) Kildahl/Drabble (UW) def. Issara/Tsai (UCI), 8-3
2) Nedunchezhiyan/McMorrow (UW) def. Gould/Henderson (UCI), 8-2
3) Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) def. Suzuki/Kazarian (UCI), 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1
1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Fabian Matthews (UCI), 6-0, 6-3
2) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Sam Gould (UCI), 6-3, 6-4
3) Shimpei Suzuki (UCI) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-4, 1-6, (10-7)
4) Derek Drabble (UW) def. Zac Tsai (UCI), 6-2, 6-2
5) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Steven Henderson (UCI), 6-4, 6-2
6) Brad Bator (UW) def. Khunpol Issara (UCI), 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 6, 2, 4, 3, 5