Three UW Doubles Teams Make Regional Quarters

Oct. 19, 2008

Tournament Central

BERKELEY, Calif. - The Husky men's tennis team continued its sterling doubles play at the ITA West-North Regionals today, with three teams advancing into the quarterfinals at Cal's Hellman Tennis Complex.

Washington had four doubles teams in the Round of 16, then three of the four posted easy wins today. Patrik Fischer and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, the draw's No. 1 seeded team, defeated Nachbaure and Tu of San Francisco, 8-3. They will face the 5th-seeds from Cal tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Continuing their surprising run are seniors David Chu and Ryo Sekiguchi, neither of which saw much dual match doubles action last year. They defeated another University of San Francisco duo, Hartwig and Carreno, 8-2 and will play a Sacramento State tandem tomorrow.

Finally, junior Derek Drabble and sophomore Martin Kildahl dominated two Oregon Ducks--Ayrton Wibowo and Marcos Verdasco--eight games to one. They get the second-seeds from Cal on Monday.

The Huskies did not fare as well in singles, as Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan were both upset in the Round of 16. Fischer lost to Cal's Pedro Zerbini, 6-1, 6-2, while Nedunchezhiyan was beaten by USF's Thong Tu, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Chu got through to the quarters with an upset of his own, taking out 9th-seeded Golden Bear Jonathan Dahan, 6-2, 6-0. However, Chu was beaten in the quarters by No. 1 seed and Top-10 player Alex Clayton of Stanford, 6-2, 7-5.

The lone singles player still competing for UW on Monday will be Sekiguchi, who has jumpstarted his fall season in the consolation bracket after a slow start to the year. After losing his main draw first round match, Sekiguchi has reeled off three straight dominant victories. He had to win three times today over players from Cal, USF, and Sacramento State, and did so without dropping a set. Sekiguchi will play Artur Klimenka of Sacramento State in the consolation semis tomorrow at noon.

Washington Men's Tennis
ITA West-North Regionals
10/19/08 - California-Berkeley
Hellman Tennis Complex

Singles - Round of 16
(17) David Chu (UW) def. (9) Jonathan Dahan (Cal), 6-2, 6-0
(9) Thong Tu (USF) def. (6) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 6-2, 7-6 (2)
(9) Pedro Zerbini (Cal) def. (3) Patrik Fischer (UW), 6-1, 6-2

Singles - Quarterfinals
(1) Alex Clayton (Stan) def. (17) David Chu (UW), 6-2, 7-5

Doubles - Round of 16
(1) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Nachbauer/Tu (USF), 8-3
Chu/Sekiguchi (UW) def. Hartwig/Carreno (USF), 8-2
Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Wibowo/Verdasco (UO), 8-1
(5) Clayton/Klahn (Stan) def. Rosinski/Bator (UW), 8-6

Consolation Singles - Second Round
Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Matt Elefant (Cal), 6-0, 6-0
Brad Bator (UW) def. Holden Ching (Sac St), 6-0, 7-6 (6)

Consolation Singles - Round of 16
Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Einar Hart (USF), 6-3, 6-4
Brad Bator (UW) def. Alex Hart (PSU), 6-4, 6-1

Consolation Singles - Quarterfinals
Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Marko Starcevic (Sac St), 6-2, 6-4
Hunter Lee (UCD) def. Brad Bator (UW), 6-4, 6-2

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