18th-Ranked Huskies Host Eastern Washington
March 11, 2010
THIS WEEK: The Husky men's tennis team returns to their home courts on the heels of a successful 4-0 road swing and will host Eastern Washington this Friday, March 12, in a 2 p.m. dual that takes them into a break for finals week. Washington has moved up to a season-high 18th in the rankings, and can match the program's best ever start through fifteen matches with a win on Friday. The Huskies are currently 13-1 and on an eight-match winning streak. If the weather cooperates, the dual with the Eagles will be played outdoors on the Quillian Courts though the teams will move to the Nordstrom Tennis Center if rain arrives.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: On Tuesday the Huskies jumped up four spots in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings to a new season-high of 18th. This is the highest that the men have been since the 2007 season. New singles and doubles rankings were unveiled last week. Junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan comes in at No. 56, down just a bit from his season-high of 51st. Nedunchezhiyan owns wins over current Top-40 players Casey Watt of Notre Dame (19th) and James Meredith of Boise State (36th). Nedunchezhiyan also has worked his way into the doubles rankings along with freshman Kyle McMorrow this week. The two are currently 50th after an 12-3 start to the season. Also ranked for the second-straight period is the junior pair of Alex Rosinski and Tobi Obenaus. The two are 14-4 for the season and ranked 58th.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington added two more ranked teams to its list of victims this season, traveling to Minneapolis and taking down 54th-ranked New Mexico in a neutral site match before earning a big road win over the 46th-ranked Minnesota Gophers on Sunday. On Saturday against the Lobos, Washington swept the doubles point and then got straight-set wins from Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Kyle McMorrow, and Tobi Obenaus to sew up the win. Nedunchezhiyan was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Carl Ho at No. 1 singles. Alex Rosinski came back from a set down to beat Conor Berg, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 for UW's final point. The next day the Dawgs got another big doubles win against the Gophers and then posted straight set wins at the top three singles spots. Nedunchezhiyan took down 77th-ranked Sebastian Gallego 6-3, 7-6 and McMorrow toppled 111th-ranked Tobias Wernet, 6-3, 6-3 for one of his best wins. Senior Derek Drabble was a 7-5, 6-0 winner at No. 3 over Dino Bilankov. Rosinski once again came back from a set down for a win at sixth singles, and Martin Kildahl won in a third-set super-tiebreak.
SCOUTING EASTERN WASHINGTON: The Eagles head to Seattle with a 5-5 overall record and are 2-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The Eagles are currently in fifth-place in the Big Sky and are coming off a 6-1 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs on March 4. Eastern has one match against a Pac-10 opponent, having lost 7-0 at Oregon on Feb. 12. Senior Nico Riego de Dios has gone 3-3 at No. 1 singles and sophomore Chad Henninger is a team-leading 8-2 in dual matches at fifth and sixth singles. Last year UW and EWU met in the season-opener for the Huskies, and UW posted a 7-0 sweep. Washington has won all seven prior meetings with Eastern.