Huskies Win Top-25 Battle, 5-2, Over Golden Gophers
March 6, 2009
SEATTLE - Senior Patrik Fischer defeated 48th-ranked Ishay Hadash in the No. 1 singles match to clinch what wound up being a 5-2 victory for the Huskies over 24th-ranked Minnesota tonight at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. No. 22 Washington (9-4) has now defeated two Top-25 opponents in its past three matches.
Coach Anger shook up the Huskies' doubles lineup after UW struggled on the road last week, and the move paid off as the Dawgs took the top two doubles matches to clinch the point. Fischer moved up to No. 1 doubles to team with Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, and the two defeated Hadash and Phillip Arndt, 8-6, to clinch the point. Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan played together in the fall and went 6-2.
'It was a nice idea from Coach (Matt Anger) to switch it up,' said Fischer. 'We wanted to try and start anew and create some more excitement and it worked out today.'
Washington then opened up a 3-1 lead in singles play, but Minnesota was still threatening, leading at the No. 3 spot and even at No. 4, when Fischer put away Hadash, 7-5, 6-4. Hadash is the highest-ranked opponent that Fischer has defeated this season.
Despite the Top-50 win, Fischer professed not to know of his opponents' ranking.
'I try not to pay much attention to rankings. Every match counts the same and I think I can compete with anybody no matter what they're ranked,' Fischer said. 'It was a little back and forth but I felt I was a little better from the ground and tried to keep putting pressure on him on his serve.'
The UW also got a win from Nedunchezhiyan, who rolled over Tobias Wernet, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 2 singles, as well as senior David Chu, who took big early leads and then hung on in each set to beat Dino Bilankov, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5. Wernet had been 9-1 at No. 2 singles until running in to Nedunchezhiyan, who improves to 11-2.
After the match was clinched, sophomore Martin Kildahl played a super-tiebreak to decide his No. 3 singles match with Sebastian Gallego. Kildahl came out ahead, ten points to three. The match ended with Minnesota's Arndt pulling out a 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 win over Drabble at No. 5.
The Huskies will be tested yet again on Sunday, as 36th-ranked Texas A&M comes to town for a 12 noon match. The teams will attempt to play outdoors if the weather permits.
Washington Men's Tennis
March 6, 2009 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 22 Washington 5, No. 24 Minnesota 2
1. (66) Nedunchezhiyan/Fischer (UW) def. (80) Hadash/Arndt (UM), 8-6
2. Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. (48) Wernet/Sicora (UM), 8-3
3. Gallego/Dehn (UM) def. Tobi Obenaus/Brad Bator (UW), 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Patrik Fischer (UW) def. (48) Ishay Hadash (UM), 7-5, 6-4*
2. (46) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Tobias Wernet (UM), 6-2, 6-2
3. Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Sebastian Gallego (UM), 6-7 (5), 7-5, (10-3)
4. Phillip Arndt (UM) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
5. David Chu (UW) def. Dino Bilankov (UM), 6-4, 6-4
6. Julian Dehn (UM) def. Ryo Sekiguchi (UW), 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 2, 5, 1, 3, 4
* clinched match