Nedunchezhiyan Falters In NCAA 1st Round
May 20, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Husky sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan had his season come to an end today in the first round of the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championships, falling to Notre Dame's Brett Helgeson in three sets at the Mitchell Tennis Center.
Playing in his first career NCAA tournament, the 43rd-ranked Nedunchezhiyan took advantage of some shaky play from 31st-ranked Helgeson to get up an early break in the first set and held serve from there en route to a 6-3 first set win.
In the second set, Nedunchezhiyan got another early break for a 2-0 lead, but Helgeson started to raise the level of his play and got back on serve in the next game. Helgeson broke again for a 4-3 second set lead. In the next game, Nedunchezhiyan had four break points to level the set again, but could not convert the openings and Helgeson never looked back after that, winning the second set 6-4 and then rolling to a 6-0 third set win.
The Chennai, India native finishes his second season with a 20-9 overall singles record. He was ranked as high as 31st this year and was voted to the All-Pac-10 First Team for the first time.
The 2008-09 season for the UW men's tennis team is now concluded.
Washington Men's Tennis
NCAA Singles Championships
5/20/09 - Texas A&M
Mitchell Tennis Center
(31) Brett Helgeson (ND) def. (43) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 3-6, 6-4, 6-0