Dawgs Push But Can’t Topple No. 13 Trojans
SEATTLE – Washington men's tennis dropped a hard-fought 4-1 decision to 13th-ranked USC today at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies were neck and neck with the Trojans in every first set, but a couple breakers went to USC and the Trojans pulled ahead from there to go to 5-1 in Pac-12 play while the Huskies dropped to 2-2.
"Like the other day (in a win over UCLA) I thought we played tough on all six courts again," said Head Coach Matt Anger. "We got a first set breaker at two, but didn't get the ones at four and six, and they really played well in second sets after they got the first. They didn't hit a lull after that, and I don't think our level dropped, but they raised it up one more notch. The end of those matches at three, four, five and six, they just played darned good in the second set."
Senior Jack Davis continued his stellar recent run of play with the one singles win for the Huskies, beating 116th-ranked Bradley Frye, 7-6 (1), 6-2.
Anger says consistent play has been the key for Davis who has now won seven straight singles matches. "It may sound like an excuse for before but I think just getting the matches under his belt that he was lacking before. I think the pandemic affected him more than anyone, and getting these matches in has really been good for him. He feels it, and we see it. That confidence is growing."
Fourth-ranked Clement Chidekh was late in a third set with sixth-ranked Stefan Dostanic when USC clinched and the two did not get to finish. Chidekh had a 4-1 third set lead but Dostanic saved three break points to spark a comeback to take a 5-4 lead and was serving for the match, but Chidekh had a 0-30 edge when things were halted.
Trailing 1-0 after the doubles point, UW had first set wins from Chidekh and Davis, but USC won tiebreaks on courts four and six, and won competitive sets on three and five as well, to keep the edge. Han-Chih Lin had a 5-2 first set lead and set point chances against Ryan Colby at No. 4 singles, but Colby came back to win the first set in a tiebreak, 7-4, and won 6-3 in the second to clinch.
Cesar Bouchelaghem dropped a 6-4, 6-2 match at No. 5 singles to 73rd-ranked Lodewijk Weststrate, and 100th-ranked Ewen Lumsden dropped a 6-3, 6-4 match at No. 3 singles to 46th-ranked Peter Makk.
The Dawgs dropped the doubles point as USC earned 6-2 wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, with the No. 2 match tied at 4-4. 17th-ranked Frye/Dostanic defeated Davis and Brandon Wong at No. 1, and Lumsden and Bouchelaghem fell at No. 3 to Rubell/Jackson.
Washington is in a stretch of five matches in nine days and will play again on Wednesday at home against Oregon at 2 p.m. at Bill Quillian Stadium, weather permitting.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 3, 2022
Nordstrom Tennis Center | Seattle, Wash.
#50 Washington – 1
#13 USC – 4
1. (#4) Clement Chidekh (UW) vs. (#6) Stefan Dostanic (USC) – 6-1, 4-6, 4-5, DNF
2. Jack Davis (UW) def. (#116) Bradley Frye (USC) – 7-6 (1), 6-2
3. (#46) Peter Makk (USC) def. (#100) Ewen Lumsden (UW) – 6-3, 6-4
4. Ryan Colby (USC) def. Han-Chih Lin (UW) – 7-6 (4), 6-3
5. (#73) Lodewijk Weststrate (USC) def. Cesar Bouchelaghem (UW) – 6-4, 6-2
6. Nedim Suko (UW) vs. Samuel Rubell (USC) – 6-7 (3), 1-5, DNF
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 2, 4
1. (#17) Frye/Dostanic (USC) def. Davis/Wong (UW) – 6-2
2. (#34) Chidekh/Suko (UW) vs Makk/Weststrate (USC) – 4-4, DNF
3. Rubell/Jackson (USC) def. Bouchelaghem/Lumsden (UW) – 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 3