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Huskies Open Pac-12 Tourney Wednesday In Ojai

Apr 19, 2022

THIS WEEK IN HUSKY MEN'S TENNIS

Pac-12 Championships
Apr. 20-23, Ojai, Calif.
Libbey Park

Wednesday, Apr. 20 - First Round
(8) Washington vs. (9) Oregon, 12 p.m. | Live on Pac-12 Networks | Live Scoring 

SEATTLE -- The Husky men's tennis team begins its return to Ojai with a third meeting this season against the Oregon Ducks. The Huskies and Ducks kick off the Pac-12 Championships this Wednesday at 12 noon, live on Pac-12 Networks.

A couple 4-3 losses down the stretch against Arizona State and Cal dropped the Huskies to the No. 8 seed entering the tourney, so they will need to beat No. 9 seed Oregon for a third time this season to advance to the quarterfinals where they would take on No. 1 seed Arizona on Thursday.

The Pac-12 Championships are back in Ojai, Calif. for the first time since 2019, after the cancellation of the 2020 event and the 2021 tournament getting moved to San Diego.

Washington enters the tournament with a 15-10 regular season record, having gone 2-6 in Pac-12 play, the wins coming over Oregon, and No. 5 seed UCLA. The Dawgs also had a non-conference win over the Ducks. The Huskies will likely need a round one victory and potentially more in order to earn an NCAA Championships bid, as the Dawgs are ranked 48th as of the start of the week, but new rankings will come out on Wednesday around the start of the first round match.

The Huskies have been led all season by junior Clement Chidekh, who despite suffering his first dual loss all year last Friday in a third set tiebreak, has had one of the best seasons in UW history. Chidekh has gone 14-1 at No. 1 singles and won three Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. Senior Jack Davis has also had a great Pac-12 season to run his overall dual match record to 14-5 this year, a career-high for dual match wins. Ewen Lumsden and Han-Chih Lin have both gone 12-8 in dual play, Lumsden going between No. 2 and 3, and Lin primarily at No. 4. Two freshmen have typically rounded out the singles lineup, with Cesar Bouchelaghem going 9-7 and Nedim Suko 10-9 in dual play.

Davis and Lumsden have clicked as the No. 1 doubles duo since taking over in teh top spot for the Huskies against Oregon on Apr. 6. They have gone 4-1 at No. 1 since the switch. UW has won the doubles point in both meetings with Oregon this year.