Men's Tennis Passes Portland, 5-2
Jan. 25, 2008
SEATTLE - The Portland Pilots put up a strong fight, but still never threatened the 37th-ranked Husky men's tennis team, who relied on superior depth in rolling to a 5-2 win at the Nordstrom Tennis Center tonight. UW is now 47-0 all-time vs. Portland.
Trailing 1-0 after a lackluster doubles point, the Huskies (2-0) peeled off five consecutive straight-set wins in singles to squelch any ideas of an upset. Freshman Tobi Obenaus raced through his match at No. 4 singles, defeating Evan Schleining, 6-0, 6-3, tying the team score. Junior Ryo Sekiguchi then gave UW the lead with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Charlie Yemm at No. 5 singles.
The match was clinched after wins from freshman Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan at No. 3 singles, and junior David Chu at No. 6 singles. Nedunchezhiyan got his first singles dual win, 6-2, 6-1, over Dillon Pottish, and Chu posted his team-leading 12th win of the year, 6-0, 6-2 over Bryan Thorp.
In the No. 1 singles match, junior Patrik Fischer traded long rallies with Joel Kincaid. Fischer captured the first set, 6-3, but fell behind 0-3 in the second set before storming back with six straight games to win. Portland's lone singles win came at No. 2 singles, where Filip Zivkovic outlasted senior Andy Kuharszky, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 in the night's highest-quality match.
Portland got the better of doubles play this evening, winning at Nos. 1 and 3. At the No. 1 spot, Zivkovic and Yemm broke serve leading 6-5, then served out the match against Fischer and Derek Drabble. Freshmen Obenaus and Martin Kildahl were together at No. 3 doubles vs. Portland's Kincaid and Domoney, but after a 4-4 tie, the Pilot pair won the last four games to clinch the point. Afterwards, Kuharszky and redshirt freshman Brad Bator went on to secure the No. 2 doubles match for the Huskies, 8-4.
'I thought we played okay tonight, but we could have done some things better, and will need to do some things better in the future,' said Head Coach Matt Anger. 'We made some mistakes in doubles that I thought we were past, even though Jeevan wasn't in there so it wasn't our normal lineup.'
The competition ratchets up to the highest level now for the Huskies, who make a swing through the state of Texas next weekend. Washington visits fourth-ranked Baylor, an NCAA Semifinalist last season, on Friday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. PT. That showdown is followed by a visit to College Station, Texas, for a match with the No. 25 Texas A&M Aggies on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. PT.
Washington Men's Tennis
1/25/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 37 Washington 5, Portland 2
1) Zivkovic/Yemm (UP) def. Drabble/Fischer (UW), 8-5
2) Kuharszky/Bator (UW) def. Schleining/Thorp (UP), 8-4
3) Kincaid/Domoney (UP) def. Kildahl/Obenaus (UP), 8-4*
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1) Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Joel Kincaid (UP), 6-3, 6-3
2) Filip Zivkovic (UP) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4
3) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Dillon Pottish (UP), 6-2, 6-1
4) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Evan Schleining (UP), 6-0, 6-3
5) Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Charlie Yemm (UP), 6-2, 6-1
6) David Chu (UW) def. Bryan Thorp (UP), 6-0, 6-2*
Order of finish: 4, 5, 3, 6, 1, 2
* clinching point
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