Huskies Wrap Day One At Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2008

OJAI, Calif. - Junior David Chu and freshman Tobi Obenaus each won twice to advance to the quarterfinals of the invitational draw today on day one of the Pac-10 Championships at Libbey Park.

While UW's four main draw entrants each were eliminated this afternoon, it was an excellent day for Chu and Obenaus. Chu pulled out a lengthy first round win, 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, over Arizona State's Murilo Souza. He then came back later in the day to take out USC's Jack Levis, 6-4, 6-4. He will face another Trojan, top-seeded Abdullah Magdas, in the quarterfinals tomorrow at 11 a.m.

It was a banner day for the freshman from Waidhofen, Austria. Obenaus had a strong start to his first season but then hit a rough patch, and had played just once since February. Yet he came out showing little signs of rust, and upset USC's Jason McNaughton, the third seed, 6-2, 7-6, winning a marathon tiebreak, 13-11. Obenaus then defeated Oregon's Romeo Mortera in similar fashion, 6-1, 7-6 (6). Obenaus will take on Josh Miller of UCLA in his 11 a.m. quarterfinal.

In the main draw, senior Andy Kuharszky was the only Husky to reach the second round, ousting ASU's Harry Skinner in three sets in his first match. But Kuharszky was stopped later in the day by fifth-seeded and 37th-ranked Mathieu Dehaine, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

In other first round matches, sixth-seeded junior Patrik Fischer was upset in a third-set tiebreak by Oregon's Francisco Gallardo. Fischer routed Gallardo, 6-0, in the first set, but Gallardo responded in kind with a 6-1 second set win. The two evened up in the third set, and Gallardo took the tiebreak, 8-6.

Sophomore Derek Drabble lost to Arizona State's Juan Carlos Rebaza, 7-6 (6), 6-1, and freshman Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan was a 6-2, 7-6 (8) loser to Blake Muller.

Play continues through Sunday, with the singles quarterfinal matches and the first two rounds of doubles play taking place on Friday.

Washington Men's Tennis
4/24/08 - Ojai, Calif.
Libbey Park

Pac-10 Championships

Main Draw
First Round
Andy Kuharszky (UW) def. Harry Skinner (UW), 6-1, 0-6, 6-4
Blake Muller (Stan) def. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 6-2, 7-6 (8)
Francisco Gallardo (Ore) def. (6) Patrik Fischer (UW), 0-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6)
Juan Carlos Rebaza (ASU) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 7-6 (6), 6-1

Second Round
(5) Mathieu Dehaine (UCLA) def. Andy Kuharszky (UW), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

Invitational Draw
First Round
Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. (3) Jason McNaughton (USC), 6-2, 7-6 (11)
David Chu (UW) def. Murilo Souza (ASU), 7-6, 5-7, 6-3
Geoff Chizever (Cal) def. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW), 7-5, 6-1
Ahmed Ismail (UCLA) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-4, 6-2
(2) Bozhidar Katsarov (Cal) def. Brad Bator (UW), 6-1, 6-3

Second Round
Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Romeo Mortera (Ore), 6-1, 7-6 (6)
David Chu (UW) def. Jack Levis (USC), 6-4, 6-4

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