Huskies Come Back for 4-3 Win Over Pepperdine

March 7, 2008

SEATTLE - Sophomore Derek Drabble came through in crunch time for the No. 28 Washington men's tennis team today, securing the clinching point in a 4-3 victory over 43rd-ranked Pepperdine in a match that began outdoors at the Bill Quillian Stadium but wound up under the cover of the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies (9-4) are now winners of four-straight.

Drabble rolled through his first set against Johannes de Villiers, 6-1, at No. 4 singles, but de Villiers protected his serve in the second and eventually won a 7-3 tiebreak. Drabble roared back and went up a service break at his first opportunity in the third set, and served for the match up 5-3 but could not finish off de Villiers, losing serve. With UW leading 3-2 but trailing in the other remaining match, things suddenly looked very shaky for Washington. Drabble quickly put an end to any doubts with a fast service break that ended on a double fault as the Husky players went wild. The final count of Drabble's win was 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4.

'I wanted to say it was closer than the score indicates, but 4-3 can't get much closer,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'It was a very tough match. They are a rough team and have had many tough matches like this. They're incredibly spirited and so I'm very happy our guys were able to get four points on the board and pull out a victory.'

After winning the doubles point, the Waves pushed out to a 2-0 lead when 19th-ranked Andre Begemann defeated Husky freshman Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. That was the score when the rain picked up and Quillian Stadium was abandoned for the shelter of the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Once inside, the Huskies quickly tied the match with wins at No. 1 and 3 singles. Junior Patrik Fischer upset 25th-ranked Bassam Beidas, 6-2, 6-3 at the top spot, his first win this year over a ranked opponent. Senior Andy Kuharszky knocked off a ranked foe of his own, breaking serve in the final game to upent 97th-ranked Omar Altmann, 6-4, 6-4 at third singles.

'Patrik was very solid, returned well, and I've seen (Beidas) play better but some of that is Patrik too. He's returning so well and making things tough,' said Anger.

Junior David Chu then gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead, handling Brian Brogan, 7-5, 6-2. The first set went back and forth as the lead seemed to switch players with every changeover, but Chu won the first shortly after moving indoors, and breezed in the second set, setting the stage for Drabble.

Despite being ranked 43rd, Pepperdine has been in the Top-25 throughout the season thus far and has suffered three 4-3 losses to Top-25 teams thus far. Pepperdine was the NCAA Champion in 2006.

Washington took the lead in the doubles point behind the sixth-consecutive win from freshmen Tobi Obenaus and Martin Kildahl at No. 3 doubles. They took out de Villiers and Alejandro Moreno, 8-3. Pepperdine came back to win the No. 1 doubles match, 8-5, and then Beidas and James Lemke came back from 6-7 down to defeat UW's Drabble and Kuharszky, 9-7, to clinch the point.

The Huskies take a day off tomorrow before returning to action against Pacific on Sunday, March 9, at 12 p.m. The match will be played outdoors at Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting.

Washington Men's Tennis
3/7/08 - Quillian Stadium/Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 28 Washington 4, No. 43 Pepperdine 3

1. Begemann/Altmann (Pep) def. Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 8-5
2. Lemke/Beidas (Pep) def. Drabble/Kuharszky (UW), 9-7
3. Obenaus/Kildahl (UW) def. de Villiers/Moreno (Pep), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Patrik Fischer (UW) def. (25) Bassam Beidas (Pep), 6-2, 6-3
2. (19) Andre Begemann (Pep) def. (82) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 6-2, 6-2
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. (97) Omar Altmann (Pep), 6-4, 6-4
4. Derek Drabble (UW) def. Johannes de Villiers (Pep), 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4
5. Mahmoud Kamel (Pep) def. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW), 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
6. David Chu (UW) def. Brian Brogan (Pep), 7-5, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 6, 4, 5

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