Dawgs Sweep Ducks in Kuharszky's Home Finale
April 19, 2008
SEATTLE - Senior Andy Kuharszky went out with a win in his final home match, helping the 32nd-ranked Husky men's tennis team to a 7-0 sweep of Oregon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies (14-9, 2-5 Pac-10) will now look towards the postseason, having emphatically snapped a three-match slide.
Kuharszky, a four-year starter and one of the winningest Huskies in history, fought back from a set down to upend Oregon's Alexander Cornelissen, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, in front of vocal fans that included his mother Andrea all the way from Budapest, Hungary. It was the 86th singles win of his career, tying him with Eric Drew (1996-99) for sixth-place on the career singles wins list.
'Andy had defeated the Oregon player a couple times but I'm not surprised he gave him a tough match,' Anger said. 'Andy probably had other things on his mind, and Cornelissen came out inspired. But I'm very happy he fought back and got the win in front of the fans.'
Sophomore Derek Drabble provided the clinching win at No. 4 singles, taking out Geoff Embry, 6-4, 6-2. Drabble trailed 2-4 in the first set before winning 10 of the final 12 games. His win came moments after freshman Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan wrapped up a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles over Francisco Gallardo.
Finishing off the sweep was junior Patrik Fischer, who went to three sets for just the third time all season. Fischer, ranked 86th, overcame Marcos Verdasco at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 for his 22nd win of the year. Also victorious was junior David Chu, 6-3, 7-6 (1) over Romeo Mortera at No. 5, and freshman Martin Kildahl, who moved to 6-0 in dual play with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at sixth singles.
'Oregon played a lot better the second half of the season and if they had played that way they would be ranked team, so to get each point down the line really shows something,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'We've had some tough losses lately but only one loss to a team outside the Top-25 and we're still in the game. We're ready to make a run at NCAA's.'
A hard-fought doubles point went Washington's way after freshmen duo Tobi Obenaus and Martin Kildahl clinched with an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles. Obenaus dialed up his serve to save two break points when leading 6-5, ending the last serious threat, and Kildahl served out the match. Prior to that, Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan went to work for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles over Verdasco and Cornelissen. Oregon scored the No. 2 doubles win, 8-6.
The Huskies will now travel to Ojai, Calif. for the Pac-10 Championships, Thursday through Sunday, Apr. 24-27. Following that, UW will await its NCAA fate, to be announced Tuesday, Apr. 29.
Washington Men's Tennis
4/19/08 - Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 32 Washington 7, Oregon 0
1. Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Verdasco/Cornelissen (UO), 8-3
2. Embry/Mortera (UO) def. Kuharszky/Drabble (UW), 8-6
3. Kildahl/Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Gallardo/Wiechert (UO), 8-6*
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. (86) Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Marcos Verdasco (UO), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
2. (125) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan def. Francisco Gallardo (UO), 6-3, 6-4
3. Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Alexander Cornelissen (UO), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. Derek Drabble (UW) def. Geoff Embry (UO), 6-4, 6-2*
5. David Chu (UW) def. Romeo Mortera (UO), 6-3, 7-6 (1)
6. Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Mike Myrhed (UO), 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 6, 2, 4, 3, 5, 1
* Clinching Match