Huskies Get Utes On Ropes But Unable To Finish
SEATTLE – A chance to clinch a win on four singles courts is all you want in college tennis, but frustratingly for the Husky men's tennis team, those chances slipped away and Utah battled back to win a marathon match, 4-3, that started at the Bill Quillian Stadium and finished inside the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
The Huskies went up 3-0 after taking a convincing doubles point and getting straight set victories at No. 1 singles from Clement Chidekh and No. 3 singles from Ewen Lumsden. The remaining four singles matches all went into third sets, with UW needing just one more. All four went nearly to the limit, and the Utes pulled them out, two going all the way to tiebreakers, and two going 7-5 to the visitors.
Said Head Coach Matt Anger, "It's a disappointing loss in that we allowed ourselves to get out of our gameplan on a couple of courts and it cost us. We need to get ourselves right after this and ready to go. We have a great opportunity next week with the matches we've got on our spring break trip."
Utah improved to 11-6 on the season and 1-2 in Pac-12 play while the Huskies had a three-match win streak snapped and dropped to 7-6 and 0-3 in conference play. The Dawgs will look to rebound on a SoCal swing during spring break next week, visiting Pepperdine, UC Santa Barbara, and San Diego State.