Men's Tennis Readies For ITA West-North Regionals

Oct. 16, 2008

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SEATTLE - Ten members of the Washington men's tennis team will begin play tomorrow in the ITA West-North Regional Championships, hosted by Cal-Berkeley. The annual tournament pits the top players in the region against one another for the regional singles and doubles titles, as well as automatic berths into the ITA National Indoor Championships.

The tournament runs from Friday, Oct. 17 to Tuesday, Oct. 21 with matches at the Hellman Tennis Complex and Channing Tennis Courts. The singles draw consists of 120 players, with the top eight seeded players receiving first round byes.

Play begins with first round singles matches on Friday at 8 a.m. Losing players from the first round of singles play will be automatically entered into a consolation draw that plays out on the remaining four days. The first doubles matches will take place on Saturday. Play opens at approximately 8:30 a.m. each day and will conclude with singles finals and doubles semifinal and finals on Tuesday.

In addition to Washington, other schools represented in the regional championships include: California, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Nevada, Oregon, Pacific, Portland, Sacramento State, St. Mary's, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Davis, and Washington.

Senior Patrik Fischer is the third-seeded player in the draw, and sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan was awarded the No. 6 seed, so neither will have to play first round matches. Sixteen players were given matching No. 17 seeds, including junior Derek Drabble and senior David Chu.

Also competing for the Huskies is senior Ryo Sekiguchi, sophomores Brad Bator, Martin Kildahl, Tobi Obenaus, Alex Rosinski, and Skyler Tateishi.

Washington has fared well historically at the Regional tournament, with Matt Hanlin winning the singles title in 2002, and Alex Slovic and Alex Vlaski winning the doubles title in 2003, and Slovic and Daniel Chu winning in 2005. Last year, senior Andy Kuharszky lost to Stanford's Richard Wire in the singles final.

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