Dawgs Net Big First Road Win At Arkansas
Jan. 17, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Four straight singles wins after a close doubles point loss earned the 26th-ranked Husky men's tennis team a very big road win at No. 53 Arkansas today. Washington (2-0) opened up a 4-1 lead with the clinching win provided by Tobi Obenaus, before Arkansas won the final two to make it a 4-3 final.
Playing a tough team in a hostile environment for the first time this season, the Huskies responded to the early 0-1 deficit with coolheaded victories up and down the singles lineup. Junior Brad Bator (Bothell, Wash.) put UW on the board with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles against Matt Walters, then freshman Kyle McMorrow put the Huskies up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 victory at second singles over Matt Hogan.
A pivotal match came at No. 3 singles, where senior Derek Drabble faced Taylor King. After Drabble took the first set, 6-1, King held set points at 5-4 in the second set, but Drabble fought them off and then broke serve and held to finish off the match, 7-5. That set up Obenaus, who clinched the win with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5 singles over Nikolas Zogan.
'What I liked was we didn't play great in doubles and were disappointed not to win, but we got past it, came out and played hard in the singles,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'Kyle played a very good player and got a big win. Drabble saved some set points in the second set. Brad Bator really took care of business and was the first one off the court and Tobi clinched it for us again.'
In the No. 1 match, junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan took the first set from 81st-ranked Chris Nott in a long tiebreak, but Nott came back with a 6-3 win in the second set. With UW having already clinched, the two played a super-tiebreak in place of the full third set, and Nott came out ahead, 10-8. Arkansas earned the last point with Dmitry Lebedev outlasting Martin Kildahl, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 4.
Washington actually served to win the doubles point, but couldn't quite close it out. Obenaus and Alex Rosinski had an 8-6 win at third doubles, but Arkansas picked up an 8-6 win of its own at No. 2 with Hogan and Walters topping Nedunchezhiyan and McMorrow. At No. 1 doubles, Kildahl and Drabble served up 7-6 for the match, but Nott and Lebedev broke back, held, and broke once more to win 9-7.
The Huskies will be back home for a dual against Portland this Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5 p.m. in the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Washington Men's Tennis
January 17, 2010 - Fayetteville, Ark.
Dills Tennis Center
No. 26 Washington 4, No. 53 Arkansas 3
1) Nott/Lebedev (Ark) def. Kildahl/Drabble (UW), 9-7
2) Hogan/Walters (Ark) def. Nedunchezhiyan/McMorrow (UW), 8-6
3) Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) def. Williams/Ward (Ark), 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1) (81) Chris Nott (Ark) def. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 6-7 (8), 6-3, (10-8)
2) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Matt Hogan (Ark), 6-4, 6-3
3) Derek Drabble (UW) def. Taylor King (Ark), 6-1, 7-5
4) Dmitry Lebedev (Ark) def. Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
5) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Nikolas Zogan (Ark), 6-4, 6-3
6) Brad Bator (UW) def. Matt Walters (Ark), 6-4, 6-0
Order of finish: 6, 2, 3, 5, 4, 1