No. 25 Men's Tennis Set To Host No. 36 Notre Dame

Feb. 18, 2010

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Saturday, Feb. 20, 3 p.m., Nordstrom Tennis Center
#25 Washington vs. #36 Notre Dame

THIS WEEK: The 25th-ranked Husky men's tennis team is set to take on the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame this Saturday in a crucial match for both squads. Off to an 8-1 start, the Huskies will look to score their second win over a Top-40 opponent before setting off on a four-match road stretch, while the 36th-ranked Fighting Irish would love to break out of a string of losses in three of their past four with a road upset over the Huskies. The dual is set for this Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

LAST TIME OUT: Washington had just one match last week, a late addition to the schedule where they made a quick trip to Issaquah on Friday night to take on Seattle University at the Sammamish Tennis Club. The Huskies made quick work of the Redhawks, sweeping the match, 7-0, and giving a number of players their first starts of the season or first of their careers. Sophomore Matt Stith got his first career singles start and made it count against Andrew Tran, winning 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 5 spot. Freshman Nick Tchernikov saw his first dual match play of any kind and defeated Adam Strizich, 7-5, 7-5, at sixth singles. Also getting his first dual win of the season and second of his career was junior Skyler Tateishi, who beat Patrick Boorkman, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4. Kyle McMorrow, Martin Kildahl, and Alex Rosinski all had straight set wins at the one through three spots as well.

SCOUTING NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish are off to a 3-4 start and ranked 36th nationally. Six of their seven oppponents thus far have been ranked. Notre Dame lost its past two matches on the road, falling 7-0 at No. 21 Duke and 4-3 at No. 36 Michigan. They also had a tough 4-3 setback to No. 35 Tulsa. Leading the Irish is 28th-ranked sophomore Casey Watt. Watt is 3-3 at No. 1 singles. Notre Dame also has three more singles players ranked between 100 and 125. Junior Daniel Stahl is ranked 101st, freshman Blas Moros is 105th, and junior Stephen Havens is 123rd. Washington leads the all-time series, 2-1, though Notre Dame got the last win in the series back in 2007.

HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: The first set of individual rankings in more than a month were just released on February 4, and junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan jumped back from out of the rankings up to 51st nationally. Nedunchezhiyan was ranked 32nd in the preseason fall rankings but did not have many chances to earn points in the fall and consequently dropped out. But a number of wins over ranked opponents this spring has boosted the Chennai, India native back up the list. Also debuting in the doubles rankings for the first time is the junior pair of Alex Rosinski and Tobi Obenaus. The two are 5-1 at No. 3 doubles this year and 10-3 for the season. As a team, Washington sits at No. 25 this week, having fluctuated slightly between 24-26 all season.

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