No. 26 Dawgs Shut Out Pilots

Jan. 21, 2010

SEATTLE - The Husky men's tennis team took care of the Portland Pilots tonight at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in just over three hours. Washington improved to 3-0 with a 7-0 sweep over Portland (0-1) and did not drop a set in singles or doubles.

Senior Derek Drabble mowed through his No. 3 singles match against Geoff Hernandez, winning the first 10 games and eventually the match, 6-0, 6-1. The South African is 3-0 now in singles. Freshman Kyle McMorrow also improved to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Bryan Thorp at No. 2 singles.

Junior Martin Kildahl got credit for the clinching victory seconds before junior Brad Bator sealed his win as well. Kildahl topped Evan Schleining, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Bator then stopped Daniel Coelho at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Junior Alex Rosinski added Washington's sixth point with a 6-2, 6-3 win in the sixth spot over Jackson Martin.

The final match was a battle at No. 1 singles between UW's Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Portland's Filip Zivkovic, a two-time All-WCC member with a booming serve and strong volleys. The first set went to a tiebreak and Nedunchezhiyan pulled it out on his second set point, 7-5. Zivkovic broke for a 2-1 lead in set two, but Nedunchezhiyan broke right back and the two proceeded to hold serve until Nedunchezhiyan moved in front 6-5. A couple errant volleys from Zivkovic set up match point, and the Pilot then missed long on a backhand and Nedunchezhiyan had the win and UW had the 7-0 sweep.

'Jeevan did very well focusing on holding his own serve which is what you have to do against a guy like Zivkovic who serves as well as he does,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'Zivkovic has a style that you don't see as much nowadays; he's a very good player. It was a very good win for Jeevan.'

The Huskies secured the doubles point with efficient 8-3 wins at second and third doubles. Obenaus and Alex Rosinski moved to 3-0 this season with the first win at No. 3, then McMorrow and Nedunchezhiyan clinched the point with the win at No. 2. The remaining match at No. 1 held the most intrigue, as Portland's top team of Zivkovic and Schleining are ranked 32nd nationally. Drabble and Kildahl were able to get an early service break and it held up the rest of the way, as both teams protected their serve until UW closed it out on serve, winning 8-6 to complete the doubles sweep.

Washington will take the Nordstrom courts again this Saturday, Jan. 23, when its hosts UC Irvine for a 2 p.m. match.

Washington Men's Tennis
January 21, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center

No. 26 Washington 7, Portland 0

1) Kildahl/Drabble (UW) def. (32) Zivkovic/Schleining (UP), 8-6
2) Nedunchezhiyan/McMorrow (UW) def. Thorp/Coelho (UP), 8-3
3) Obenaus/Rosinski (UW) def. Pigov/Hernandez (UP), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Filip Zivkovic (UP), 7-6 (5), 7-5
2) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Bryan Thorp (UP), 6-1, 6-4
3) Derek Drabble (UW) def. Geoff Hernandez (UP), 6-0, 6-1
4) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Evan Schleining (UP), 6-4, 6-2
5) Brad Bator (UW) def. Daniel Coelho (UP), 6-2, 6-2
6) Alex Rosinski (UW) def. Jackson Martin (UP), 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 4, 5, 6, 1

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