Huskies Drop Pac-10 Opener to No. 6 UCLA
March 28, 2008
SEATTLE - The No. 20 Washington men's tennis team dropped its Pac-10 opener, 6-1, to No. 6 UCLA on Friday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies (12-5, 0-1 Pac-10) had won its previous seven matches.
UCLA improved to 14-1, 1-0 on the season with their lone defeat coming at the hands of top-ranked Virginia in Seattle during February's National Team Indoor Championships.
Junior David Chu was the lone Husky to earn a victory, beating Nick Meister 7-6, 6-2 at No. 6 singles. Chu improved to 9-1 in dual match play this season, including 6-1 at the No. 6 spot.
The match was much closer despite the end score. The Huskies took the first sets at the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches and ended up forcing three sets in the top three singles spots, but was unable to capitalize on any of their chances.
'We didn't take advantage of some of the opportunities that we were presented,' said Husky Head Coach Matt Anger. 'Some of that was due to the team on the other side of the net, but some of that was us.'
UW's Patrick Fischer, the nation's No. 77-ranked singles player, won the first set at No. 1 singles handily, but was unable to close out 31st-ranked Harel Srugo. Srugo rallied to win the final two frames 6-4, 7-5.
Senior Andy Kuharszky also jumped out of the gates quickly at No. 3, winning the first set over Holden Seguso, 6-4. But Seguso, the 31st-ranked player in the nation, forced a second-set tie breaker and took advantage, winning 7-2. In the tie breaker, Kuharszky tweaked his left hamstring and eventually would retire 3-1 in the third with UCLA already holding a 4-1 team lead.
Freshman Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, ranked No. 94, battled No. 21 Mathieu Dehaine at No. 2 singles, dropping the first set 6-3. The Husky freshman would rally back in a second-set tie breaker, 7-2. But, he was broken early in the third set and was never able to recover, losing 7-5 to allow UCLA to clinch the team win.
The Huskies' Derek Drabble was never able to find his rhythm at No. 4 singles and lost 6-4, 7-5 to Michael Look, while Ryo Sekiguchi was overpowered at No. 5 singles, 6-0, 6-4, by UCLA's Jeremy Drean.
UCLA breezed through doubles play to take the initial 1-0 lead. The No. 37-ranked team of Meister and Srugo paced the way with an 8-4 win at No. 1 over Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan. The team of Kuharszky and Drabble dropped an 8-6 decision at No. 2 to Dehaine and Srugo, while the Huskies' Martin Kildahl and Tobi Obenaus lost for just the second time in 11 decisions this season, 8-5, at No. 3.
The Huskies will have to rebound quickly as they face No. 4 USC on Saturday. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. PT and will be played either indoors at Nordstrom Tennis Center or outdoors at Bill Quillian Stadium, depending on the weather.
Washington Men's Tennis
3/28/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 7 UCLA 6, No. 20 Washington 1
1. (37) Meister/Srugo (UCLA) def. Fisher/Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 8-4
2. Dehaine/Seguso (UCLA) def. Kuharszky/Drabble (UW), 8-6
3. Drean/Look def. Martin Kildahl/Tobi Obenaus (UW), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3
1. 30) Harel Srugo (UCLA) def. ( (77) Patrick Fischer (UW), 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
2. (21) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. (94) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-4
3. (31) Holden Seguso (UCLA) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 3-1 ret. inj.
4. Michael Look (UCLA) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-4, 7-5
5. Jeremy Drean (UCLA) def. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW), 6-0, 6-4
6. David Chu (UW) def. Nick Meister (UCLA), 7-6 (4), 6-2
Order of finish: 5, 4, 6, 2*, 3, 1