Huskies Sweep Ducks In Nonconference Match
SEATTLE – The Huskies completed a season sweep of rival Oregon today with a 4-0 win over the Ducks at Bill Quillian Stadium. Washington (15-6, 2-2 Pac-12) took the doubles point and then posted three straight set singles wins to put away the Ducks (10-10, 0-4 Pac-12).
Today's match did not count towards Pac-12 standings, as UW already won the Pac-12 counter between the two teams a month ago in Eugene, however every win is big for the 47th-ranked Huskies as they try to continue rising in the rankings, and a victory over 52nd-ranked Oregon helps that cause.
Washington found success with a different doubles lineup at the one and three spots today. Jack Davis teamed with Ewen Lumsden and the two upset 32nd-ranked Charlton/Vandecasteele of Oregon, 6-2. The one team remaining the same, Clement Chidekh and Nedim Suko, were also 6-2 winners at No. 2 over Klov-Nilsson/Keremedchiev. Han-Chih Lin and Cesar Bouchelaghem led 4-3 at No. 3 when the point was clinched.
Head Coach Matt Anger couldn't have been more pleased with the start. "We changed things up, inserting Ewen there with Jack, but they've played together before, and Hans and Cesar have played together before as well. It came out really well at one and two," Anger said.
In singles, Clement Chidekh rolled past 90th-ranked Joshua Charlton, 6-2, 6-0, to improve to 11-0 at No. 1 singles this season. Then freshman Nedim Suko made it 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles over Avi Shugar.
Bouchelaghem had the clincher for the second-straight outdoor match, as he also clinched against UCLA on Friday. Today he beat Luke Vandecasteele, 6-2, 6-4, at fifth singles.
"I've been on the other side of this match sometimes where there were a lot of tight matches here even though the scores that finished we looked good," said Anger. "Clement getting that first point on the board, that doesn't always happen at No. 1 singles … Charlton is a very good, perennially-ranked player. Our freshmen struggled at Oregon, and they came out early this morning to hit and I told them they had a little something to prove, and so it's nice that they both got wins for us."
Jack Davis was early in a third set on court two, Ewen Lumsden was down a set but leading 5-3 in the second set at three, and Han-Chih Lin was up a set and early in set two on court four.
Washington has a big road trip looming, going to the Bay Area to take on Stanford this Friday at 2 p.m. and then going to Berkeley to play at Cal on Saturday at 12 noon.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 6, 2022
Bill Quillian Stadium | Seattle, Wash.
#47 Washington – 4
#52 Oregon – 0
1. (#6) Clement Chidekh (UW) def. (#90) Joshua Charlton (Ore) – 6-2, 6-0
2. Jack Davis (UW) vs. Quinn Vandecasteele (Ore) – 4-6, 6-3, 0-1, DNF
3. Ewen Lumsden (UW) vs. Ivailo Keremedchiev (Ore) – 3-6, 5-3, DNF
4. Han-Chih Lin (UW) vs. Jesper Klov-Nilsson (Ore) – 6-4, 1-2, DNF
5. Cesar Bouchelaghem (UW) def. Luke Vandecasteele (Ore) – 6-2, 6-4
6. Nedim Suko (UW) def. Avi Shugar (Ore) – 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 5
1. Davis/Lumsden (UW) def. (#32) Charlton/Q. Vandecasteele (Ore) – 6-2
2. (#55) Chidekh/Suko (UW) def. Klov-Nilsson/Keremedchiev (Ore) – 6-2
3. Bouchelaghem/Lin (UW) vs. L. Vandecasteele/Matsushita (Ore) – 4-3, DNF
Order of Finish: 2, 1