No. 22 Huskies March On Past No. 46 Minnesota
March 7, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - UW men's tennis finished off a perfect 4-0 road trip with an impressive 6-1 win over 46th-ranked Minnesota today at the Gophers' Baseline Tennis Center. The 22nd-ranked Huskies have equaled their second-best start under head coach Matt Anger with a 13-1 record.
The Dawgs picked up their seventh win this year over a ranked opponent. 56th-ranked Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan clinched the win with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win over 77th-ranked Sebastian Gallego in the No. 1 singles match. That is his fifth win this year over a ranked singles player.
Freshman Kyle McMorrow also got a ranked win, as he knocked off 111th-ranked Tobias Wernet at second singles, 6-3, 6-3. The newcomer from Thousand Oaks, Calif. has now won five straight and is 15-3 overall this year.
UW's first point in singles came from senior Derek Drabble. Taking on UM senior Dino Bilankov, Drabble broke open a close match with eight-straight games for a 7-5, 6-0 win.
The fourth and fifth singles matches both went to third set super-tiebreaks after the Huskies had already clinched with one going Washington's way but Minnesota picking up one point as well. Junior Martin Kildahl downed Rok Bonin at No. 4, 3-6, 7-6, and 10-6 in the breaker, but junior Tobi Obenaus suffered just his second dual loss at No. 5, falling 4-6, 7-5 (10-6) to Phillip Arndt.
Junior Alex Rosinski closed out the match with a sixth point for the Huskies at sixth singles, where he came back to beat Brendan Ruddock, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
'This was a very tough match without a doubt,' said Anger. 'The final score is misleading as it was a very close match. Minnesota is a very tough team anywhere, so it's a thrill for us to get the win back here in Minneapolis.'
The Huskies took two of the three doubles matches for the early lead. Drabble and Kildahl topped Bonin and Wernet, 8-3 at No. 2 doubles, and Obenaus and Rosinski were also 8-3 winners over Dehn and Peterson at the third spot. Nedunchezhiyan and McMorrow lost for just the second time in 12 matches at the No. 1 spot to Arndt and Gallego.
Washington can match the 2003 squad which started 14-1 if they can win their next outing at home next Friday against Eastern Washington. That match, at 2 p.m., will be the first home match to be played outdoors.
Washington Men's Tennis
March 6, 2010 - Minneapolis, Minn.
Baseline Tennis Center
No. 22 Washington 6, No. 46 Minnesota 1
1) Arndt/Gallego (UM) def. (50) Nedunchezhiyan/McMorrow (UW), 8-2
2) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Bonin/Wernet (UM), 8-3
3) (58) Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) def. Dehn/Peterson (UM), 8-3
1) (56) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (77) Sebastian Gallego (UM), 6-3, 7-6 (3)
2) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. (111) Tobias Wernet (UM), 6-3, 6-3
3) Derek Drabble (UW) def. Dino Bilankov (UM), 7-5, 6-0
4) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Rok Bonin (UM), 3-6, 7-6, (10-6)
5) Phillip Arndt (UM) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW), 4-6, 7-5, (10-6)
6) Alex Rosinski (UW) def. Brendan Ruddock (UM), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1, 4, 5, 6