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Huskies Come Up Short At Arkansas, 5-2

Feb 6, 2021

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Playing for the second-straight day in two different states, the Husky men's tennis team came up a couple points shy against a tough Arkansas opponent today at the Dills Indoor Tennis Center. Sophomore newcomer Clement Chidekh continued his impressive opening run at the top of the Husky singles lineup, but a close loss in the doubles point made it a tall task for the Dawgs.

"Doubles was a lot stronger today but unfortunately we didn't get the point," said Head Coach Matt Anger. "Unlike yesterday, we really got off to a tough slow start in the singles and while we didn't win we did show a lot of fight to try and come back on a lot of courts. Some guys struggled a little more than usual but definitely a highlight on the weekend was Clement getting his wins each day and really in a tough situation today, seeing one of the tougher sides of college tennis, for him to fight through that was good and bodes well."
 
Arkansas had a 6-3 win at No. 3 doubles but UW answered with a 6-4 win at No. 2 as Chidekh and Thibault Cancel improved to 4-0 in that position. So doubles came down to No. 1, which went into a tiebreaker to decide it. Jack Davis and Alexis Alvarez unfortunately came up just short, 7-3, against UA's Hunter Harrison and Maxim Verboen, and Arkansas got the early 1-0 edge.
 
The Razorbacks used that momentum to take five of six first sets in singles before the Huskies began to work back in several matches.
 
Chidekh lost his first set of the season at No. 1 singles against Verboven, but responded with a 6-1 second set win and then rallied back from down in set three to pull it out, 6-4.
 
Sophomore Jack Pulliam got his first dual win of the season today as he won his first set in a tiebreak at No. 6 against Enrique Paya. Paya got the second set and at that point Arkansas had clinched, so the two played a ten point tiebreak for the match, and Pulliam pulled ahead for the 10-5 win.
 
Another third set tiebreak went against the Huskies, however, as Ewen Lumsden rebounded from a 6-1 first set loss to win his second set, 6-4, against Nico Rousset at No. 3. But Rousset got a 10-6 win in the breaker.

"I'm down right now but I know these matches are going to toughen us up faster," said Anger.
 
Washington will next visit Eugene to take on the Ducks in a non-conference dual match next Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m.
 
 
Washington Men's Tennis
February 6, 2021
Dills Indoor Tennis Center | Fayetteville, Ark.
 
Washington – 2
Arkansas – 5
 
Singles
1. Clement Chidekh (UW) def. Maxim Verboven (Ark), 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
2. (#72) Alex Reco (Ark) def. (#65) Jack Davis (UW), 6-2, 6-3
3. Nico Rousset (Ark) def. Ewen Lumsden (UW), 6-1, 4-6, (10-6)
4. Melvin Manuel (Ark) def. Han-Chih Lin (UW), 6-2, 6-4
5. Adrien Burdet (Ark) def. Thibault Cancel (UW), 6-4, 6-2
6. Jack Pulliam (UW) def. Enrique Paya (Ark), 7-6, 3-6 (10-5)
Order of finish: 2, 5, 4, 3, 1, 6
 
Doubles
1. Hunter Harrison/Maxim Verboven (Ark) def. Davis/Alexis Alvarez (UW) 7-6 (3)
2. Cancel/Chidekh (UW) def. Jose D. Alonso/Paya (Ark), 6-4
3. Rousset/Reco (Ark) def. Lumsden/Lin (UW), 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1