Huskies Hound Bruins, Taking Every Singles Set
SEATTLE – The Huskies were firing on all six courts against the visiting UCLA Bruins today, and when UW does that, "we're very tough," according to Head Coach Matt Anger. Washington (14-5, 2-1 Pac-12) did not drop a single set in singles, earning a 5-1 victory at the Bill Quillian Stadium in UW's first outdoor home match of the season.
It's Washington's first win over the Bruins since the 2006 season.
"They're one of the storied programs obviously but in our conference a lot of the schools have great histories, so the only thing I'm really thinking about is we're 2-1 in the conference now," said Anger. "I want to enjoy this because it's always tough beating UCLA, but at the same time I want to get ready for USC on Sunday, and everybody knows that."
Coming off a tough loss at Utah last Sunday to finish a 4-2 road stretch, the Huskies rebounded emphatically in their return home. But it was UCLA taking the 1-0 lead with a doubles point win. The Huskies got a 6-2 win at No. 3 doubles from Ewen Lumsden and Cesar Bouchelaghem, but UCLA got late service breaks on courts one and two to go from 4-4 to matching 6-4 wins just moments apart.
But UW came out with great focus in singles, jumping up early breaks in four courts to set the tone, and eventually taking all six first sets
Fourth-ranked junior Clement Chidekh easily notched another big top-40 win at the No. 1 spot, as he defeated 38th-ranked Alexander Hoogmartens, 6-1, 6-2, for the first singles point.
Ewen Lumsden then closed out a dominant second set for a 6-4, 6-0 win over Giacomo Revelli at No. 3 singles, and quickly after that followed another point at No. 6, as Nedim Suko finished a 6-3, 6-2 win over Stefan Leustian to make it 3-1 Dawgs.
Jack Davis and Cesar Bouchelaghem both reached match point at the same time on courts two and five, respectively. Bouchelaghem got his win first, officially clinching with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Eric Hahn. Davis was mid-rally at match point against Patrick Zahraj and he eventually hammered an overhead smash to win, 6-3, 6-4.
That left just Han-Chih Lin who was unable to finish on court four, but he was leading, 7-5, 3-2, against Karl Lee.
The Dawgs have another big test up this Sunday, as 13th-ranked USC comes in for a 12 noon dual.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 1, 2022
Bill Quillian Stadium | Seattle, Wash.
#50 Washington – 5
#49 UCLA – 1
1. (#4) Clement Chidekh (UW) def. (#38) Alexander Hoogmartens (UCLA) – 6-1, 6-2
2. Jack Davis (UW) def. Patrick Zahraj (UCLA) – 6-3, 6-4
3. (#100) Ewen Lumsden (UW) def. Giacomo Revelli (UCLA) – 6-4, 6-0
4. Han-Chih Lin (UW) vs. Karl Lee (UCLA) – 7-5, 3-2, DNF
5. Cesar Bouchelaghem (UW) def. Eric Hahn (UCLA) – 6-3, 6-3
6. Nedim Suko (UW) def. Stefan Leustian (UCLA) – 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 5, 2
1. Hoogmartens/Pereira (UCLA) def. Davis/Wong (UW) – 6-4
2. Revelli/Zahraj (UCLA) def. (#34) Chidekh/Suko (UW) – 6-4
3. Bouchelaghem/Lumsden (UW) def. Lee/Leustian (UCLA) – 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1