Huskies Fall To Illinois In National Team Indoor Quarterfinal

Feb. 18, 2006

SEATTLE - No. 12 seed Washington dropped its first match of the season, falling to third-seed Illinois, 4-1, in the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Men's Tennis Team Indoor Championships at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, Saturday evening.

The Huskies (7-1) pulled an upset over No. 6 seed Virginia in Friday's first round, but couldn't sustain the momentum against the Fighting Illini. Illinois won the doubles point in a tiebreak at the No. 2 spot and used singles wins by Ryler DeHeart, Kevin Anderson and Ruben Gonzales to end the Huskies' undefeated season thus far.

The loss drops Washington into the consolation bracket and the Huskies will next face defending NCAA Champion UCLA, Sunday, at 5:30 p.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Playing in tomorrow's semifinal matches will be No. 9 Duke vs. No. 4 Pepperdine at 11 a.m. and Illinois vs. No. 2 Georgia at 2:30 p.m. Three of the tournament's top four seeds earned their way into the semifinals, with No. 1 Florida - upset by Duke, 4-1 - being the only exception.

Washington advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Team Indoors for the third time in the fours years it has hosted the prestigious event, but has yet to make it as far as the semifinals.

Illinois got the ball rolling early with an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles by Anderson and Ryan Rowe over 45th-ranked Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu, 8-5. A victory from UW's Jean-Noel Insausti and Mike Ricks at the No. 3 spot brought the Huskies even and left it up to Andy Kuharszky and Klaus Jank to wrap the doubles point versus DeHeart and Gonzales. Kuharszky and Jank were up 5-4 in the tiebreak with two serves but lost both serves and the next point to lose, 7-5.

'I actually thought one of their best areas was the doubles point and I thought if we could get that we would really be off and running,' UW head coach Matt Anger said following the match. 'But even if we played it well I was pretty confident, and we were right there to win it. I really came away thinking we matched up pretty well. But they were the ones coming up with the shot at break point and they were that tough all the way through the line-up.'

Slovic picked up the lone singles win for Washington, defeating Illinois' GD Jones in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. 'It was his most consistent effort from start to finish,' Anger said. 'He actually dropped serve at one all in the first and came right back and stayed on it from then on.'

The USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships continue with semifinal matches Sunday and the final slated for noon on Monday. Consolation rounds continue through Sunday.

Feb. 17-20 o Nordstrom Tennis Center/Seattle Tennis Club
Host: University of Washington

Quarterfinal - #3 Illinois 4, #12 Washington 1
1. Anderson/Rowe (Ill.) def. (45) Slovic/Chu (UW), 8-5
2. DeHeart/Gonzalez (Ill.) def. Kuharszky/Jank (UW), 9-8 (5)
3. Insausti/Ricks (UW) def. Jones/Spicijaric (Ill.), 8-6

1. (32) Alex Slovic (UW) def. GD Jones (Ill.), 6-3, 6-0
2. (7) Ryler DeHeart (Ill.) def. Pierre Metenier (UW), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
3. (37) Kevin Anderson (Ill.) def. Jean-Noel Insausti (UW), 6-2, 6-3
4. (59) Ruben Gonzalez (Ill.) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 7-6 (4), 6-4
5. Daniel Chu (UW) vs. (99) Ryan Rowe (Ill.), DNF
6. (80) Klaus Jank (UW) vs. Marc Spicijaric (Ill.), DNF

Team Scores
Saturday, Feb. 18 - Quarterfinals - Nordstrom Tennis Center
#9 Duke 4, #1 Florida 1
#4 Pepperdine 4, #5 Mississippi 2
#3 Illinois 4, #12 Washington 1
#2 Georgia 4, #7 UCLA 3

Saturday, Feb. 18 - Consolation - Seattle Tennis Club
#8 Baylor 4, #16 Penn 0
#13 Florida State 4, #11 South Carolina 1
#14 Arkansas 4, #6 Virginia 2
#10 LSU 4, #15 Colorado 1

Sunday, Feb. 19 - Semifinals - Nordstrom Tennis Center
#9 Duke vs. #4 Pepperdine, 11 a.m.
#2 Georgia vs. #3 Illinois, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 19 - Consolation - Nordstrom Tennis Center/Seattle TC
#5 Mississippi vs. #1 Florida, 8 a.m. (NTC)
#11 South Carolina vs. #16 Penn, 8 a.m. (STC)
#8 Baylor vs. #13 Florida State, 11 a.m. (STC)
#10 LSU vs. #14 Arkansas, 2:30 p.m. (STC)
#7 UCLA vs. #12 Washington, 5:30 p.m. (NTC)
#15 Colorado vs. #6 Virginia, 5:30 p.m. (STC)

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