Men's Tennis Outmuscles Fighting Irish
Feb. 20, 2010
SEATTLE - Three Huskies earned wins over ranked singles opponents today, as the 25th-ranked UW men's tennis team turned back 36th-ranked Notre Dame, 4-3, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan upset 28th-ranked Casey Watt at No. 1 singles to lead the way and Washington (9-1) secured the win at 4-1 before the Fighting Irish earned the last two points in three sets.
'Not to sound like a broken record but we were expecting a tough match today and that's what we got so I'm very happy to get the win,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'I was a little surprised that we won doubles so handily and then we weren't sure really what to expect in singles, having never faced any of their guys. I would have liked to have gotten one of those three-setters at the end but I like where we're at right now.'
After taking the doubles point, Nedunchezhiyan was the first Husky to take a set, as he broke Watt's serve in the 10th game of the first set to grab the set, 6-4. From there he flowed through the second set, 6-1, to knock off his fourth ranked opponent of the dual season. The Pac-10 First Teamer has played his ranking back up to 51st after starting the dual season unranked.
A pivotal point in the match came at No. 5 singles, where junior Tobi Obenaus was looking to close out 105th-ranked Blas Moros in straight sets. Obenaus led 6-3, 5-3, and was serving for the match, but he had to fight off several break points that could have extended the match much longer. Ultimately Obenaus was able to hold on in that game to finish out the set at 6-3, and put the Huskies up 3-1. Obenaus is now a team-best 7-1 in dual play.
Freshman Kyle McMorrow knocked off another ranked Irishman at second singles to clinch the victory. McMorrow won the first set in a tiebreak, 7-2, over 123rd-ranked Stephen Havens. He was serving up 3-2 in the second before Havens broke back to get on serve, but McMorrow swung right back to take the final three games and finish off a 7-6 (2), 6-3 win.
The Fighting Irish picked up the final two points after the Huskies had clinched. Junior Martin Kildahl won the first set in a tiebreak over David Anderson at fourth singles, but Anderson picked up steam and eventually wound up with a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-0 win. Sam Keeton then rallied to upend junior Alex Rosinski in three sets at No. 6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. 101st-ranked Daniel Stahl also had a 6-4, 6-3 win over senior Derek Drabble at No. 3 singles when the match was still up for grabs.
Washington dominated in doubles, improving to 9-1 in the doubles point. Nedunchezhiyan and McMorrow cruised to an 8-1 win over Watt and Tyler Davis in the No. 1 spot. Drabble and Kildahl then clinched the point with an 8-4 victory over Havens and Niall Fitzgerald. Lastly, Obenaus and Rosinski, who earned a No. 42 doubles ranking this week, finished an 8-3 win over Anderson and Stahl. Washington has won every match in which they've taken doubles play.
The Huskies have a tough road trip in store next week, traveling to Oregon for the yearly non-conference meeting between the two rivals. The Dawgs and Ducks meet on Friday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. and the next afternoon UW plays a neutral site match in Eugene against Nevada, scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.
Washington Men's Tennis
February 20, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 25 Washington 4, No. 36 Notre Dame 3
1) Nedunchezhiyan/McMorrow (UW) def. Watt/Davis (ND), 8-1
2) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Havens/Fitzgerald (ND), 8-4
3) (42) Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) def. Anderson/Stahl (ND), 8-3
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1) (51) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (28) Casey Watt (ND), 6-4, 6-1
2) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. (123) Stephen Havens (ND), 7-6 (2), 6-3
3) (101) Daniel Stahl (ND) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-4, 6-3
4) David Anderson (ND) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-0
5) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. (105) Blas Moros (ND), 6-3, 6-3
6) Sam Keeton (ND) def. Alex Rosinski (UW), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5, 2, 4, 6
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