UW Men's Tennis Team Defeats Portland Securing Its Third Straight Sweep
Jan. 28, 2006
Seattle, Wash. -- No. 16 Washington Men's Tennis Team (3-0) secured its third straight 7-0 sweep with a win over the Portland Pilots. The Huskies were victorious in two of the three doubles matches and then elevated their game taking home all six team points in singles. Washington played with their usual poise not to disappoint the home crowd at the Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center.
In doubles action the Huskies came out a little slower than usual but soon turned on the intensity. Grabbing the first team point of the match was the 45th ranked doubles team in the nation of Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu in the number one spot and a quick 8-2 win coming from Klaus Jank and Andy Kuharszky playing number two doubles. Slovic and Chu exchanged service points with their opponents, Matt Loucks and James Redpath, until the match was opened up at two all and the duo rolled to an 8-5 victory. Jank and Kuharszky played with chemistry that looked like they had been teammates for years, defeating Scott Kennel and Joel Kincaid of the Portland Pilots. Washington lost their first doubles match of the season against the Pilots. Mike Ricks and Jean-Noel Insausti couldn't get their shots to fall against Portland's Alex Strom and Darragh Rowan, losing in a tiebreaker 9-8 (5).
The Huskies were able to show their dominance in singles play with wins coming from all six positions. Klaus Jank was the first player to turn in a win playing in the number five spot, defeating Scott Kennel of Portland 6-2, 6-2. Insausti, fired up after his loss in doubles, showed off his athleticism getting a win over his opponent James Redpath in number two singles. Sophomore Andy Kuharszky clinched the match for the Dawgs with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against the Pilots Alex Strom in the fourth singles position. Ricks, as did Insausti, went out in singles in order to redeem himself for his loss in doubles and came home with a solid 6-2, 6-3 win over Joel Kincaid in the number six spot.
Head Coach Matt Anger was pleased how his team kept up their intensity, 'It can be tough once you get up to keep pushing your opponent, but our guys kept working and kept their foot on the gas peddle.'
Closing the match was No. 32 Alex Slovic. Slovic was given a good test from Portland's Matt Loucks whom took the first set 4-6. Slovic displayed his resiliency and fought back in the second set to force a super-tiebreaker, where he won 10-8.
Anger on Junior Alex Slovic's comeback performance, 'It was good that Alex didn't reverse the sets and win the first and then lose the second. Coming off that second set win gave him a boost to win the tiebreaker.'
The Dawgs face the No. 52 Minnesota Golden Gophers next weekend at home in the Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center. The match will take place on Saturday, February 4th at 1:00 pm.
Saturday, January 28; Seattle, Wash.
Washington Huskies - 7
Portland Pilots - 0
1. (45) Daniel Chu/Slovic (UW) def. Loucks/Redpath (UP), 8-5
2. Jank/Kuharszky (UW) def. Kennel/Kincaid (UP), 8-2
3. Insausti/Ricks (UW) def. Strom/Rowan (UP), 9-8 (5)
1. (32) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Matt Loucks (UP), 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
2. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) def. James Redpath (UP), 6-1, 6-1
3. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Darragh Rowan (UP), 6-2, 6-1
4. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Alex Strom (UP), 6-1, 6-2
5. (80) Klaus Jank (UW) def. Scott Kennel (UP), 6-2, 6-2
6. Mike Ricks (UW) def. Joel Kincaid (UP), 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish