Huskies Move to 2-0 with 4-1 Win Over ETSU
SEATTLE -- The University of Washington men’s tennis team got its second win of the season in a 4-1 victory over East Tennessee State, Friday afternoon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
The Dawgs started off a little shaky against a tough ETSU squad, losing the doubles point to the Bucs. Victor Farkas and Gal Hakak fell to ETSU’s Rogerio Ribeiro and David Biosca 6-4, then shortly after Jake Douglas and Mitch Stewart lost 6-4 in a back and forth match.
“I thought we started just a touch slow at one and two,” said head coach Matt Anger. “At number one doubles, we were able to get back and at two we just didn’t. We didn’t break the whole time, even though we started holding our serve, we didn’t get back. I think where we let them off the hook a little bit was in third doubles. We were up 4-2 there, and there were a couple tight games, but that will happen in this format.”
The Huskies quickly bounced back in singles play though, when Jake Douglas easily shutout his opponent 6-0, 6-0 at number three singles. Emmett Egger, playing in the number two spot, won his match with 6-1 and 6-3 victories, and was soon followed by Gal Hakak who posted a 6-2, 6-4 decision on court four.
Although Mitch Stewart did not finish, his match did not go un-noticed. He battled against a tough ETSU opponent, David Biosca, who was an All-Atlantic Sun First Team selection a year ago. Stewart, a true freshman out of Federl Way, claimed the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6.
“That guy [Biosca] is a strong as any guy we have played against this year,” added Anger. “He was very, very tough. I think he knows Mitch is tough too. He helped our team by getting that first set, because it put pressure on the other team, knowing that we were in all of those remaining matches.”
Senior Victor Farkas clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 decision at number five singles.
“In the second set he was very solid on his own serve,” said Anger. “He was able to get two breaks. There were a lot of close games, but Viktor was the one who was putting the pressure on every game.”
The Dawgs continue their four-match homestead this Sunday, Jan. 25 when they face Wisconsin at 10 a.m. at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
UW 4, East Tennessee State 1
Nordstrom Tennis Center
Doubles (Order of Finish: 2, 3)
1. Emmett Egger/Jeff Hawke (UW) DNF Ismael Merino/Diego Nunez (ETSU), 5-4 (DNF)
2. Rogerio Ribeiro/David Biosca (ETSU) def. Viktor Farkas/Gal Hakak (UW), 6-4
3. Sebastian Yllera/Conner Huertas Del Pino (ETSU) def. Jake Douglas/Mitch Stewart (UW), 6-4
Singles (Order of Finish: 3, 2, 4, 5)
1. Mitch Stewart (UW) vs. David Biosca (ETSU)7-6, 1-5 (DNF)
2. Emmett Egger (UW) def. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU), 6-3, 6-1
3. Jake Douglas (UW) def. Diego Nunez (ETSU), 6-0, 6-0
4. Gal Hakak (UW) def. Conner Huertas Del Pino (ETSU), 6-2, 6-4
5. Viktor Farkas (UW) def. Sebastian Yllera (ETSU), 7-5, 6-3
6. Joao Barra (UW) vs. Ismael Merino (ETSU), 6-4, 4-6, 1-1 (DNF)