No. 20 Washington Extends Conference WIn Streak to Three Straight
April 14, 2006
SEATTLE, WA -- The No. 20 Washington men's tennis team (16-4, 3-1) won four of the six singles matches en route to a 4-3 victory over the No. 50 USC Trojans (7-13, 2-8). The competition took place in front of a home crowd in the Huskies' Nordstrom Tennis Center marking the third straight 4-3 win for UW over the Trojans.
The Huskies suffered from a slow start on the doubles courts resulting in the team dropping all three matches to the Trojans. The No. 33 doubles team composed of juniors Daniel Chu and Alex Slovic were the first to fall to USC. The number one Husky duo was defeated by Jamil Al-Agba and Dejan Cvetkovic 8-4.
The doubles team point was clinched by the Trojans' Kazariau and Van't Hot on the second doubles court were they handed the Huskies Klaus Jank and Andy Kuharszky a 8-6 defeat. Doubles play was wrapped up on the third court when Mike Ricks and Jean-Noel Insausti fell to USC's Louks and Snyder 8-3.
In attempt of keeping the team's hopes for a second Pac-10 championship, the Dawgs were forced to rally on the singles courts. Co-captain and number one singles player Alex Slovic lead the team to its first team point with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Al-Agaba. The Husky lead did not last long however, USC's Whit Livingston defeated UW's Klaus Jank on the sixth court 6-4, 7-6(4).
Senior transfers, Pierre Metenier and Jean-Noel Insausti, both turned in thrilling victories for the Dawgs. On the second singles court Metenier was able to defeat Cvetkovic 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4, tying the team score at two all. Insausti followed with a thrilling three set 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(11) victory over Kaes Van't Hot. In the third set the two competitors battled out the final tiebreaker until the contest was tied at 11 apiece. Insausti was then able to pull ahead and win to straight points to take the match and the third team point for the Huskies.
The Tojans were able to counter on the fifth court with Chang Wong defeating UW's Andy Kuharszky in a three set 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, comeback victory. The match was clinched for Washington by junior Daniel Chu. Chu was able to sustain play after losing a second set tiebreaker to regain his composure and defeat Adam Loucks 6-3, 6-7(10), 7-6(4).
The Dawgs will have less than a day of rest before the team will take on the No. 7 UCLA Bruins for the second time this season. The rematch will take place on Saturday Apr. 15 at 2:30 pm in the Bill Quillian Stadium (weather permitting). During the first competition between the two programs, the Bruins were able to edge out the Huskies, 4-1, in the ITA Indoor National Championship. UCLA has had a great season thus far compiling a 9-1 record in conference play and going 15-4 overall.
No. 20 Washington def. No. 50 USC; 5-2
April 14, 2006 Nordstrom Indoor Tennis Center
1. Al-Agba/Cvetkovic (USC) def. (33) Slovic/Daniel Chu (UW); 8-4
2. Kazariau/Van't Hot (USC) def. Kuharszky/Jank (UW); 8-6
3. Louks/Snyder (USC) def. David Chu/Ricks (UW); 8-3
1. (19) Alex Slovic (UW) def. Jamil Al-Agba (USC); 6-0, 6-2
2. Pierre Metenier (UW) def. Dejan Cvetkovic (USC); 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-4
3. (90) Jean-Noel Insausti (UW) def. Kaes Van't Hot (USC); 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(11)
4. Daniel Chu (UW) def. Adam Loucks (USC); 6-3, 6-7(10), 7-6(4)
5. Chang Wong (USC) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW);4-6, 6-3, 7-5
6.Whit Livingston (USC) def. Klaus Jank (UW); 6-4, 7-6(4)
Order of Finish
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