From The Daily: Huskies Hurting After NCAA Exit

May 20, 2010

By Mark Morgan
The UW Daily

Success oftentimes leads to lofty expectations, and the Washington men's tennis team experienced this during the 2010 season. The Huskies got off to a scorching 15-1 start, which established a new Washington record. But the Huskies failed to get out of the first round of the NCAA tournament this past weekend in Waco, Texas, falling to Rice 4-3, after squandering a 3-1 lead.

Head coach Matt Anger, who finished his 16th season at Washington, looks back on the 2010 campaign with some disappointment.

'With our play in the NCAA tournament, and as you look back at the season, you see how you compare against other teams, and we didn't do as well as we would like to do, so it's pretty simple,' Anger said. 'We've got to improve. We have to be better, and we've got to do that on an individual basis and as a team.'

Washington struggled in the first weekend of Pac-10 play against UCLA and USC at home, dropping both matches, putting the Huskies in an immediate 0-2 hole in the conference. The team finished with a Pac-10 mark of 2-4, below what they expected after the 15-1 start.

One of the constant bright spots on the team this year was the play of freshman Kyle McMorrow, who went 17-5 in dual-play singles at the No. 2 spot behind junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.

'Well, I look at Kyle and how he did this year, he was very consistent,' Anger said. 'I felt that he improved and also see the potential he has in his game, so I'm looking for a lot from Kyle.'

McMorrow, who battled through a hip injury this season, will be having surgery in the off-season, but Anger expects the California native to come back strong.

Along with McMorrow, Washington has a lot of talent coming back. Most of those players will be seniors, most notably Martin Kildahl, Tobi Obenaus, Nedunchezhiyan and Alex Rosinski, who came on strong at the end of the season.

'I expect a lot,' Anger said. 'I think they've been here for three years, certainly know what to expect, they certainly have experience.'

It is often said that athletes should have a short memory, but Anger hopes that the Huskies do not shrug off the first-round exit, and use it to push themselves further.

'We certainly have the frustration of this NCAA Tournament, and we need to, not that we want to feel bad, but we need to remember it and make sure that we are continuing to improve to make sure that it's not possible to go through again,' Anger said.

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