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Huskies Drop To No. 7 Virginia In National Indoor Finale

Feb 20, 2022

SEATTLE – Washington proved it can hang with a trio of top-10 opponents this weekend at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, but the Dawgs were unable to break through into the win column in tonight's consolation round finale against No. 7-ranked Virginia. The Huskies led on two singles courts, including a double match point for Clement Chidekh at No. 1 singles, when Virginia got the clinching fourth point to stop the remaining matches.
The Cavaliers finished a 4-0 win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 5 singles, with 29th-ranked Ryan Goetz topping freshman Nedim Suko. One court over, second-ranked Chidekh had a 6-0, 6-5 lead and was up 15-40 on the serve of 30th-ranked Iñaki Montes de la Torre, but the final rally ended on Suko's court before Montes de la Torre would hit his next serve, and Chidekh was denied the chance for a second-straight ranked win after he topped Georgia's 19th-ranked No. 1 on Saturday.
"Clement being at match points, both courts were taking their time there, and that's the way it goes unfortunately, those things happen," said Head Coach Matt Anger. "I've been on both sides of that. So that's tough because Clement competed well and had a really good weekend. Another big doubles win for Nedim and Clement, as their doubles play is getting better."
Sophomore Han-Chih Lin also had a set in hand, 6-1, and was at 5-6 in his second set against 120th-ranekd Bar Botzer at No. 4 singles when the match concluded. Freshman Cesar Bouchelaghem was early in his second set after dropping set one in a tieberaker.
Virginia took two of three doubles matches to gain the 1-0 lead heading into singles, and then had wins at second and third singles to make it 3-0. 17th-ranked Chris Rodesch kept Ewen Lumsden from notching a second-straight top-25 win, winning 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2. Then Jack Davis fell in a 6-4, 6-2 decision to 82nd-ranked Jeffrey von der Schulenburg.
Viewing the event as a whole, Coach Anger said "I know we gained a lot as a team. Right now my heart doesn't feel that, but being in this environment, we need these matches. We want more of it. I think we are ready, but we need to be ready where this is a standard operating level, and then improve from there. So we need to rest and make sure we are ready to go for next weekend."
In doubles play, Chidekh and Suko broke away early and didn't look back until they finished a 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot over Virginia's von der Schulenburg and Montes de la Torre. Virginia answered with a 6-4 win at the No. 1 spot, with Rodesch/Botzer overcoming Davis and Brandon Wong. That left it down to the No. 3 match, which swung in the eighth game as Bouchelaghem served at 3-4. A deciding point was won by Virginia's Goetz/Woodall for 3-5, and they then served it out to clinch the point.
The final match of National Team Indoors will take place at 12 noon on Monday and pit No. 3-seed Tennessee against No. 5-seed TCU.
Washington Men's Tennis
ITA National Team Indoor Championships – Consolation

February 20, 2022
Nordstrom Tennis Center | Seattle, Wash.
Washington – 0
No. 7 Virginia – 4
1. (#2) Clement Chidekh (UW) vs. (#30) Iñaki Montes de la Torre (UVA) - 6-0, 6-5, DNF
2. (#17) Chris Rodesch (UVA) def. Ewen Lumsden (UW) – 6-0, 6-3
3. (#82) Jeffrey von der Schulenburg (UVA) def. Jack Davis (UW) – 6-4, 6-2
4. Han-Chih Lin (UW) vs. (#120) Bar Botzer (UVA) – 6-1, 5-6, DNF
5. (#29) Ryan Goetz (UVA) def. Nedim Suko (UW) – 6-2, 6-3
6. Cesar Bouchelaghem (UW) vs. Gianni Ross (UVA) – 6-7 (5), 1-2, DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5
1. Rodesch/Botzer (UVA) def. Davis/Wong (UW) – 6-4
2. Chidekh/Suko (UW) def. von der Schulenburg/Montes de la Torre (UVA) – 6-2
3. Goetz/Woodall (UVA) def. Bouchelaghem/Lumsden (UW) – 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3