Dawgs Open Pac-12 Play In Desert
THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S TENNIS
SEATTLE - Pac-12 action is back for the Husky men's tennis team, as the Dawgs head to Arizona to open up conference play in the desert. Both Arizona schools are ranked in the top-25 this week, side by side at No. 20 and No. 21 so the Huskies will have a golden opportunity to make some noise at the start of the conference season.
First up will be a match in Tucson against 20th-ranked Arizona this Friday at 1 p.m. Pacific time. Then the Huskies will head to Tempe for a Sunday afternoon match against the 21st-ranked Sun Devils, also starting at 1 p.m. Pacific. It will be the first meeting between the Huskies and the Arizona schools since April of 2019.
Washington comes in at 4-3 overall and is looking to get over the hump on the road after a hard-fought 4-3 loss last Sunday at Oregon in a non-conference dual. Leading the way once again last week was sophomore newcomer Clement Chidekh who capped off a strong weekend with a victory at No. 1 singles over Oregon's 30th-ranked Joshua Charlton. Chidekh improved to 7-0 and 6-0 in doubles with Thibault Cancel. Freshman Han-Chih Lin also had a 3-0 week last week to improve to 6-1 on the season.
Arizona is 9-1 thus far with a big win over then-No. 22 Pepperdine and its only loss was a 4-2 decision against then-No. 9 Florida. Gustaf Strom was ranked No. 2 in the ITA Preseason Newcomer Rankings and he has gone 6-0 thus far, 5-0 at No. 3 singles. Jonas Ziverts is ranked No. 50 in singles and he has gone 3-1 so far, all at No. 1 singles, while Filip Malbasic is ranked No. 54 and he has gone 7-1 in the 2, 3, and 4 spots. Strom is also ranked 105th overall.
Arizona State is 6-1 with its only loss a 4-3 decision against then-No. 4 Texas. Like Arizona, Arizona State also has a win against Pepperdine on its schedule. Senior Nathan Ponwith has a 6-1 record thus far at No. 1 singles and Andrea Bolla has gone 6-1 as well playing 2, 3, and 4 singles. ASU has the 14th-ranked doubles team in the country in Tim Ruehl and Andrea Bolla.