Sekiguchi Wins Consolation Draw At NW Regionals

Oct. 20, 2008

BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior Ryo Sekiguchi closed out Washington's stay at the ITA West-North Regional Championships today with a victory in the consolation singles final, giving him six wins in just three days following an opening round loss.

Washington's top doubles team of senior Patrik Fischer and sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan came up just short of securing an automatic bid to the ITA National Indoor Championships, as they lost in the doubles final today, 8-5, to Cal's Geoff Chizever and Pedro Zerbini. The Husky tandem had made the final via an 8-6 win over Sacramento State's Stryhas and Harbatsiuk.

Sekiguchi's six-match streak helped erase the taste of a slow start to the fall seasonfor the Tokyo, Japan native. He won 12 sets in a row after his initial loss, including 10 over the last two days. Today Sekiguchi drilled Artur Klimenka of Sacramento State, 6-0, 6-4 in the consolation semi, then took out Vergerd Veskimagi of Pacific, 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the final.

Veskimagi had prevented an all-Husky final by outlasting sophomore Brad Bator in an 11-9 third-set super-tiebreak earlier in the day. Bator was reported to have lost on Sunday but that was not the case.

Two additional UW doubles teams were in the main draw quarterfinals today, but both lost tough 8-6 matches. Sekiguchi and senior David Chu lost to Stryhas and Harbatsiuk, while junior Derek Drabble and sophomore Martin Kildahl gave a stiff challenge to Chizever and Zerbini, the eventual champions.

The men's team will now look ahead to the start of the dual season which is scheduled to begin on Jan. 10 at home against Eastern Washington.

Washington Men's Tennis
ITA West-North Regionals
10/20/08 - California-Berkeley
Hellman Tennis Complex

Doubles - Quarterfinals
(1) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (5) Katsarov/Dahan (Cal), default
(5) Stryhas/Harbatsiuk (Sac St) def. Chu/Sekiguchi (UW), 8-6
(2) Chizever/Zerbini (Cal) def. Drabble/Kildahl (UW), 8-6

Doubles - Semifinals
(1) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (5) Stryhas/Harbatsiuk (Sac St), 8-6

Doubles - Finals
(2) Chizever/Zerbini (Cal) def. (1) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (Sac St), 8-5

Consolation Singles - Semifinals
Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Artur Klimenka (Sac St), 6-0, 6-4
Vergerd Veskimagi (Pac) def. Brad Bator (UW), 5-7, 6-4, (11-9)

Consolation Singles - Finals
Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Vergerd Veskimagi (Pac), 6-2, 7-6 (3)

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