Huskies Return To Action With Sweep Of Pacific
March 24, 2009
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Playing its first match in eleven days, the 26th-ranked Washington men's tennis team took down 54th-ranked Pacific, 7-0, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. This was the final non-conference match of the year for the Huskies (11-5), who begin Pac-10 play at home this Sunday.
After finishing up their winter quarter final exams, the Huskies headed to Indian Wells to take in the final of the BNP Paribas Open, which world-No. 1 Rafael Nadal won over Andy Murray on Sunday. Playing in the same complex today, Washington snapped Pacific's five-match win streak, losing just one set total in singles play.
After winning the doubles point, sophomore Tobi Obenaus got the Dawgs going in singles with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Christian Kuehne at No. 6. Sophomore Martin Kildahl then downed Renan Delsin, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 singles to put UW ahead 3-0.
Senior Ryo Sekiguchi posted the clinching point, as he rolled over Karl-Erik Paaro, 6-1, 6-1, in the fifth singles slot. Fellow senior David Chu then stopped Vergerd Veskimagi at fourth singles, 6-4, 6-3.
In the top singles match, 33rd-ranked sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan won for the 11th time in his past 12 matches, defeating Moritz Starke, 6-0, 7-5. Nedunchezhiyan is now a team-leading 17-4 in singles matches. Closing out the match was 91st-ranked senior Patrik Fischer, who bounced back from a second-set hiccup to defeat Artem Gramma in the match tiebreaker, 10-8.
'It was good to get a match back under our belts after finals week,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'We are very eager to get into Pac-10 play now and expect some real battles.'
The Huskies took the top two doubles matches by 8-5 counts to secure the point. Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan defeated Delsin and Starke in the No. 1 match, while Kildahl and junior Derek Drabble topped Gramma and Kim. Pacific got its only win of the day at third doubles, where Paaro and Kuehne beat Obenaus and redshirt freshman Matt Stith, 8-5.
Pac-10 play kicks off this Sunday, with the Huskies trying to cool off a red-hot Arizona Wildcats team that has won 12 straight and is ranked 20th. The Dawgs and Cats will play at 11 a.m. outdoors on the Bill Quillian courts, weather permitting.
Washington Men's Tennis
March 24, 2009 - Indian Wells, Calif.
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
No. 26 Washington 7, No. 54 Pacific 0
1) (44) Fischer/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Delsin/Starke (Pac), 8-5
2) (69) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Gramma/Kim (Pac), 8-5
3) Paaro/Kuehne (Pac) def. Obenaus/Matt Stith (UW), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1) (33) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Moritz Starke (Pac), 6-0, 7-5
2) (91) Patrik Fischer (UW) def. Artem Gramma (Pac), 6-3, 1-6, (10-8)
3) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Renan Delsin (Pac), 6-3, 6-3
4) David Chu (UW) def. Vegerd Veskimagi (Pac), 6-4, 6-3
5) Ryo Sekiguchi (UW) def. Karl-Erik Paaro (Pac), 6-1, 6-1
6) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Christian Kuehne (Pac), 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 3, 5, 4, 1, 2