Three Huskies Garner All-Pac-10 Acclaim
May 4, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three Huskies were named to the All-Pac-10 teams today, the conference office announced, led by sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who was selected to the seven-member First Team in a vote by the conference coaches.
Also earning Pac-10 accolades was senior Patrik Fischer (Huttwil, Bern, Switzerland), who was voted to the Second Team for the second consecutive season, and sophomore Martin Kildahl (Oslo, Norway) who received honorable mention.
Nedunchezhiyan becomes the seventh Husky ever to earn Pac-10 First Team honors, with the seven having combined for 11 First Team selections. All seven first teamers have played for 15th-year head coach Matt Anger. Alex Slovic was UW's last First Team selection in 2007.
The Chennai, India native is currently 21-6 on the season and ranked 43rd nationally. Nedunchezhiyan asserted himself as UW's No. 1 player early in the dual season, and reeled off a string of wins over Top-40 players that catapulted him up the rankings, with a season-high of 30th. He has earned a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships that will begin May 20 in College Station, Texas.
For the second straight year, Fischer garnered Second Team honors. He posted a 16-10 overall record and was 13-8 in dual match play, coming at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots. Fischer defeated four ranked opponents and had key wins in Pac-10 play over Arizona, USC, and California. Fischer was ranked 56th in the fall and as high as 91st during the spring season.
This is the first conference honor for Kildahl, who went from the No. 6 singles spot as a freshman up to No. 3 this year and went 14-7 in dual play, the second-best mark on the team. Kildahl is 17-9 overall in singles and also was one of UW's most valuable doubles players, playing at the No. 1 spot with both Nedunchezhiyan and junior Derek Drabble. Kildahl and Drabble jumped up to a season-high No. 35 in the most recent doubles rankings after reaching the semifinals of the Pac-10 Championships together.
The three Huskies will be manning the top three singles spots when Washington opens its NCAA Championships run this coming Friday, May 8, against Texas Tech in Austin, Texas. That match is scheduled for 8 a.m. Pacific time.