Nedunchezhiyan Nets Pac-10 Player Of The Week

Feb. 2, 2009

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Husky sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan has been named the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1, the conference office announced today.

Nedunchezhiyan picked up two big singles wins for 37th-ranked Washington in Athens, Georgia over the weekend, as the Huskies competed in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships Qualifying rounds. Washington (4-2) earned a 6-1 win over Indiana before falling, 4-2, against third-ranked Georgia.

A native of Chennai, India, Nedunchezhiyan scored UW's only singles win on Saturday against the two-time defending NCAA Champion Bulldogs. He upset 35th-ranked Jamie Hunt, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2 singles, and also won his No. 1 doubles match with sophomore Martin Kildahl to help the Dawgs clinch the doubles point.

On Friday, Nedunchezhiyan was a 6-2, 6-3 winner as well, this time against Santiago Gruter of Indiana.

Nedunchezhiyan is now 8-3 on the season and has a 5-1 record in dual matches. This is his second career Pac-10 Player of the Week honor, and the sixth all-time for Washington.

The Huskies will have two challenging home matches this weekend, hosting Oklahoma on Friday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m., and 26th-ranked Boise State on Sunday, Feb. 8 at 12 noon. The matches are part of the Great Northwest Shootout and will both be held at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

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