26th-ranked Huskies Upend No. 21 Broncos, 5-1
Jan. 29, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Husky men's tennis team faced a big challenge today and came through with flying colors, knocking off 21st-ranked Boise State 5-1 today at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center. Junior Tobi Obenaus stormed back from a set down to clinch the win at No. 5 singles.
The 26th-ranked Huskies are now 5-0 and advance to face either 15th-ranked Illinois or 27th-ranked Virginia Tech on Saturday, with the winner of that match earning one of the 16 spots at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The Huskies will play at 4 p.m. Pacific time tomorrow regardless of the opponent. Washington got a measure of revenge against the Broncos, who beat UW 4-3 last year and made the NCAA Round of 16.
After taking the doubles point with wins at the second and third spots, Washington went into singles play holding a 1-0 edge. Boise State evened it up with a win at No. 3 singles, but from there it was all UW. Junior Brad Bator of Bothell got the first win, a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Erik Sheldon at sixth singles. Bator stays perfect at 9-0 this year.
Junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan picked up his first win of the season against a Top-40 player, as he handled 35th-ranked James Meredith in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Obenaus then clinched the win by bouncing back to beat Jeff Mullen in thee sets at No. 5.
The final point was posted by freshman Kyle McMorrow, who needed to go the distance at No. 2 singles but eventually took out BSU senior Vicente Joli 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-6 and 7-4 in the final tiebreak. The talented freshman is now 5-0 at the No. 2 singles spot. Junior Martin Kildahl's match against Filipp Pogostkin was forced to stop at 5-5 in the third set due to time constraints.
'We were led by Jeevan today,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'He came out playing very well in doubles and then in singles he beat a very good player in Meredith. Kyle and Tobi were playing side by side and both lost their first sets, but then both were able to come back strong which was good to see.'
Bator and Obenaus got UW rolling in doubles with an 8-5 win over Mullen and Sheldon at No. 3. The Broncos evened up doubles play with Meredith and Hodel earned an 8-5 win over Kildahl and Drabble. Nedunchezhiyan and McMorrow then pocketed the doubles point, dispatching Joli and Pogostkin, 8-4.
Washington Men's Tennis
ITA National Team Indoor Championship Qualifying
January 29, 2010 - Champaign, Ill.
Atkins Tennis Center
No. 26 Washington 5, No. 21 Boise State 1
1) Meredith/Hodel (BSU) def. Kildahl/Drabble (UW), 8-5
2) Nedunchezhiyan/McMorrow (UW) def. Joli/Pogostkin (BSU), 8-4
3) Bator/Obenaus (UW) def. Mullen/Sheldon (UCI), 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. (35) James Meredith (BSU), 6-3, 6-4
2) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Vicente Joli (BSU), 6-7 (6), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
3) Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-3, 6-4
4) Martin Kildahl (UW) vs. Cristian Hodel (BSU), 6-7 (5), 6-2, 5-5, DNF
5) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Jeff Mullen (BSU), 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
6) Brad Bator (UW) def. Erik Sheldon (BSU), 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 5, 2
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