SEATTLE – The University of Washington men’s tennis team won the doubles point over No. 5 UCLA but fell 4-1 overall to open their Pac-12 Conference season Friday afternoon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies move to 8-8 on the season and 0-1 in league action. Up next, UW hosts No. 1 USC (1 p.m.) and Eastern Washington (5 p.m.) on Saturday, March 29.
“We’re making progress and we were definitely a lot more consistent in our doubles today,” said head coach Matt Anger. “There were a couple of games where we missed a couple of balls but we were able to work out way back into the game and stay solid throughout the doubles and that was good since we had a good start on each court.”
The Huskies got out to a quick start in doubles play with a dominating 8-2 win by Michael Chamerski and Wendell Watanabe on court three over UCLA’s Gage Brymer and Mackenzie McDonald. Chamerski and Watanabe, who hadn’t teamed up since March 1, move their season record to 6-5 in dual matches.
“I thought our doubles were just solid today and played completely different than we did two weeks ago,” said Anger.” I think we can do better and I think that we can build off of it. We’ll have the same lineup tomorrow because I just felt that the dynamic with these combinations were our best bet for this week going up against these three teams. The pair that I was most impressed with was probably the third court in doubles. To beat that team 8-2 is not easy so I was pleased to see that.”
Emmett Egger and Jeff Hawke continued UW’s strong doubles play as they picked up an 8-6 victory on court one over Marcos Giron and Karue Sell to give the Huskies the point. Egger and Hawke are now 5-5 on the season and were also playing together for the first time since the Dawgs’ match against Boise State (March 1). Viktor Farkas and Max Manthou were also leading, 7-5, in their match at the number two spot before play stopped as UW had already claimed the point.
“The singles, I thought we came out alright but they’re very solid,” Anger added. “Their guys hit the ball very well. I thought we were doing good things. I’d like the match to still be going, but I think we’re making progress, that’s the main thing.”
The fifth-ranked Bruins tied the match up on court three in singles play as Mackenzie McDonald, who’s ranked 33rd nationally, defeated Gal Hakak, 6-3, 6-1. On court one, Max Manthou battled top-ranked Clay Thompson tough but fell 7-5, 6-2. UCLA went on the clinch the match with wins on court five as No. 83 Karue Sell outlasted Viktor Farkas, 6-3, 6-3 and No. 6 Marcus Giron battled it out over Emmett Egger for a 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) win.
The Dawgs saw positive play out of Jeff Hawke and Michael Chamerski before their matches were suspended. Hawke claimed the first set 6-1, over No. 73 Gage Brymer while Chamerski was up 5-3 in the second set over Joseph DiGulio.
The Dawgs have a double header in Seattle on Saturday, March 29 as they host No. 1 USC at 1 p.m. and Eastern Washington at 5 p.m.
No. 5 UCLA 4, Washington 1
March 28, 2014
Doubles Results (Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2)
1. Egger/Hawke def. Giron/Sell, 8-6
2. Farkas/Manthou vs. DiGulio/Thompson, 7-5, susp.
3. Chamerski/Watanabe def. Brymer/McDonald, 8-2
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 3, 1, 5, 2)
1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Max Manthou, 7-5, 6-2
2. #6 Marcus Giron (UCLA) def. Emmett Egger, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7)
3. #33 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Gal Hakak, 6-3, 6-1
4. Jeff Hawke vs. #73 Gage Brymer (UCLA), 6-1, 2-6, 1-2, susp
5. #83 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Viktor Farkas, 6-3, 6-3
6. Michael Chamerski vs. Joseph DiGulio, 3-6, 5-3, susp.