No. 7 Cardinal Outhit No. 22 Huskies In Palo Alto
April 9, 2010
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Husky men's tennis team got off to a slow start today against seventh-ranked Stanford, and despite getting stronger as the match wore on, Washington was unable to turn the tide, falling 6-1 at the Taube Tennis Center. Junior Martin Kildahl continued his strong recent play with a three-set win at fourth singles for the Huskies, who dropped to 16-4 and 1-3 in Pac-10 play.
The Huskies came up just short in doubles play, missing out on a potential big momentum boost that may have led to a tough start in singles. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Kyle McMorrow hung tight with the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the country, Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher, before the Stanford pair pulled out an 8-6 win. At the No. 2 spot, Derek Drabble and Kildahl were also battling the 31st-ranked pair of Alex Clayton and Richard Wire, yet also came up a few points short, falling in a tiebreaker, eight points to six.
Stanford took quick wins at first and sixth singles to take a 3-0 lead, while the middle four matches were all very tight. At No. 1, fifth-ranked Klahn topped 65th-ranked Nedunchezhiyan, 6-2, 6-1, and at No. 6, Greg Hirshman upended junior Brad Bator, 6-3, 6-0.
At second singles, McMorrow faced 93rd-ranked Thacher, and after falling in the first set, 6-2, McMorrow picked up his game and took the second set into a tiebreak, but Thacher came out on top, 7-4, to clinch the team win. 45th-ranked Clayton fended off Drabble at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-4.
Kildahl picked up his second-straight Pac-10 win, coming back from a set down to beat Denis Lin, 3-6, 7-5, and 13-11 in the third-set super-tiebreak. After missing the fall season with a foot injury, Kildahl has been up and down this dual season but could be rounding into form just as the postseason approaches.
Junior Tobi Obenaus also shook off a rough first set to force a third-set super-tiebreak against Matt Kandath at No. 5 singles, but in this case, Kandath got the win in the abbreviated third set, completing a 6-1, 5-7, (10-8) score.
Washington will play its final road match of the regular season tomorrow against 15th-ranked California, at 1 p.m. in Berkeley.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 9, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Taube Tennis Center
No. 7 Stanford 6, No. 22 Washington 1
1) (1) Klahn/Thacher (STAN) def. McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) 8-6
2) (31) Clayton/Wire (STAN) def. Drabble/Kildahl (UW) 9-8 (6)
3) Kandath/Lin (STAN) def. (65) Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1) (5) Bradley Klahn (STAN) def. (65) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 6-2, 6-1
2) (93) Ryan Thacher (STAN) def. Kyle McMorrow (UW), 6-2, 7-6 (4)
3) (45) Alex Clayton (STAN) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-4, 6-4
4) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Denis Lin (STAN), 3-6, 7-5, (13-11)
5) Matt Kandath (STAN) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW), 6-1, 5-7, (10-8)
6) Greg Hirshman (STAN) def. Brad Bator (UW), 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 2, 3, 4, 5