Washington On Point In Blanking Of Aggies
SEATTLE – Washington men's tennis added another piece to its impressive depth in today's 7-0 win over Utah State. Freshman Cesar Bouchelaghem became eligible and helped the Huskies with wins at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles in his Nordstrom Tennis Center debut.
Bouchelaghem, a native of France and just seventeen years old, joined the squad at the start of winter quarter. He opened his collegiate career today with a doubles victory, and then a 6-4, 6-1 win over Javier Ruiz.
"Cesar, welcome to college tennis, and he had a great time. That's the main thing," said Head Coach Matt Anger. "For him, just a good start getting a doubles and singles win in his first match. IT was a little too early for his family to be watching at 2 a.m. in France but hopefully they'll get to watch on Sunday."
Washington improved to 5-0 to start the season, and has swept its past four matches.
"I felt like Utah State played as sharp as anybody we've played so far, so it was a step up, and right down the line I thought our guys played well," Anger said. "Our doubles came out a little sharper. We had some opportunities to pull away more at first and third, didn't get it, but still served it out, and then in singles we came out strong top to bottom."
Third-ranked Clement Chidekh was first to finish with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles over David Cierny. After Bouchelaghem won for a 3-0 lead, Nedim Suko got the clincher with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Maksymilian Raupuk at sixth singles.
Ewen Lumsden and Jack Davis had straight-set wins at second and third singles, respectively, then the sweep was finished by Han-Chih Lin, who dropped a first set tiebreak but then rallied with a 6-2 second set win and saved a couple match points in the super-tiebreak to win, 11-9.
Washington posted 6-4 wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles spots to clinch the point and take the 1-0 lead. Jack Davis and Brandon Wong took the No. 1 match over Cierny/Zarkovic of Utah State, and at No. 3, Bouchelaghem played his first doubles match, teaming with Lumsden, for the win over the Aggies. The No. 2 match was halted at 4-4.
The Huskies will seek a sixth-straight win on Sunday when they host Idaho at 12 noon inside the Nordstrom.
Washington Men's Tennis
January 28, 2022
Nordstrom Tennis Center | Seattle, Wash.
Washington – 7
Utah State – 0
1. Clement Chidekh (UW) def. David Cierny (USU) – 6-0, 6-2
2. Ewen Lumsden (UW) def. Bodin Zarkovic (USU) – 6-2, 6-1
3. Jack Davis (UW) def. Felipe Acosta (USU) – 7-5, 6-3
4. Han-Chih Lin (UW) def. Sergi Mico Fenollar (USU) – 6-7 (6), 6-2, (11-9)
5. Nedim Suko (UW) def. Maksymilian Raupuk (USU) – 6-3, 6-3
6. Cesar Bouchelaghem (UW) def. Javier Ruiz (USU) – 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 5, 2, 3, 4
1. Davis/Wong (UW) def. Cierny/Zarkovic (USU) – 6-4
2. Chidekh/Suko (UW) vs. Ninteman/Ruiz (USU) – 4-4, DNF
3. Bouchelaghem/Lumsden (UW) def. Acosta/Mico Fenollar (USU) – 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3