No. 24 Huskies Cruise Past Ducks In Home Finale
April 17, 2010
SEATTLE - The 24th-ranked Husky men's tennis squad closed out its regular season on a high note today, as they overwhelmed Oregon, 6-1, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Washington ends the regular season with a 17-5 record and a 2-4 mark in Pac-10 play, and should expect to receive a sixteenth consecutive NCAA tournament bid in the coming weeks.
This was the 13th win in a row for the Huskies over the Ducks, and completed a series sweep, as Washington also won 5-2 in Eugene back in February. Senior Derek Drabble was honored before the match as it was his final home appearance.
'We've done well. We're 17-5. I think we can still do better,' said head coach Matt Anger. 'We've got some room here to grow and I want to see if we can do it in the next few weeks. I want to have a good week next week with the Pac-10 Championships and I want to still get up another notch here, make sure we're able to give our best, and break through in the NCAA tournament.'
Washington was 14-0 this season when it won the doubles point, so the Huskies were looking good after taking two of three doubles matches for a 1-0 lead. Freshman Kyle McMorrow posted the first singles point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marcos Verdasco at No. 2 singles. The freshman's 17-5 dual record is tops on the team.
73rd-ranked junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan got some revenge on UO's Alexander Cornelissen, who edged Nedunchezhiyan back in Eugene. Today was a different story, as Nedunchezhiyan rolled, 6-2, 6-2. The match was clinched by junior Martin Kildahl, who earned his fourth-straight Pac-10 win, 6-3, 7-5 over Ric Mortera at No. 3.
Junior Tobi Obenaus stopped Jose Izquierdo, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 5 singles, and junior Alex Rosinski came back to beat Aaron Clissold in a third-set tiebreak at No. 6, 3-6, 6-1, (10-5) for Washington's final point. Drabble's home career didn't have a storybook ending, as he fell 6-2, 7-6 (3) to Nico Bjerke, but the Johannesburg, South Africa native will still have postseason play to look forward to.
'As I look back, he's a quality guy. He's always trying one-hundred percent for us,' said Anger. 'Even today he moved up a little more in the career ranks of the doubles list. I think he's got more singles wins this year than any year, so he's continued to improve. But like me, he still has his eye on the postseason.'
Washington rolled in the top two doubles matches to clinch the point quickly. First to finish was the No. 2 match, where Drabble and Kildahl opened up a 4-0 lead and went on to an 8-2 win over Bjerke and Mortera. Clinching the point was McMorrow and Nedunchezhiyan at the top spot, as they put away Verdasco and Cornelissen, 8-3. Oregon got the final doubles match in a tiebreak, with Clissold and Mayeda winning 7-6 (3) over Obenaus and Rosinski. The win for Drabble was the 69th of his career, moving him into sole possession of eighth on UW's career list.
The Huskies will now get set for the 2010 Pac-10 Championships, one of the nation's premier individual championships. As usual, Ojai, California will be the site of the singles and doubles tourney, set for April 22-25.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 17, 2010 - Seattle, Wash.
Nordstrom Tennis Center
No. 24 Washington 6, Oregon 1
1) Nedunchezhiyan/McMorrow (UW) def. Verdasco/Cornelissen (UO), 8-3
2) Drabble/Kildahl (UW) def. Bjerke/Mortera (UO), 8-2
3) Clissold/Mayeda (UO) def. Obenaus/Rosinski (UW), 7-6 (3)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3
1) (73) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Alexander Cornelissen (UO), 6-2, 6-2
2) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Marcos Verdasco (UO), 6-3, 6-2
3) Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Ric Mortera (UO), 6-3, 7-5
4) Nico Bjerke (UO) def. Derek Drabble (UW), 6-2, 7-6 (3)
5) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Jose Izquierdo (UO), 6-3, 7-5
6) Alex Rosinski (UW) def. Aaron Clissold (UO), 3-6, 6-1, (10-5)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6