April 11, 2013
No. 31 WASHINGTON AT No. 4 UCLA
April 12 | 1:30 p.m. | Whiteman Tennis Center | Los Angeles
No. 31 WASHINGTON AT No. 2 USC
April 13 | 1:00 p.m. | Marks Tennis Stadium | Los Angeles
SEATTLE -- No. 31 Washington (15-8, 2-2) heads to Southern California this weekend for a tough pair of matches against No. 2 UCLA (18-1, 4-0) and No. 4 USC (20-2, 3-0). The Dawgs face the Bruins on Friday, April 12, at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Trojans on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m.
Washington evened its conference record last weekend, dropping a pair of close ones to the Bay Area schools. The Dawgs won the on the top three singles courts against Stanford, but after losing doubles, dropped all three matches on the back courts to fall, 4-3. Against California, the Dawgs fell 5-2, despite being in several matches that ended up not going their way.
Kyle McMorrow continued his sensational play this season, winning both matches at No.1 and improving to 20-4, including 18-2 in dual matches. The Husky senior is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation and is riding a 12-match winning streak.
The other winners on the weekend were Marton Bots and Max Manthou who picked up wins against Stanford and Nicholas Kamisar who earned a victory against Cal. Bots is 8-7 on the year at No. 2 singles, while Manthou is 12-8, moving between No. 2, 3 and 4. Nicholas Kamisar earned the second win against Cal and is now 11-4 in dual matches and 15-5 overall.
Washington lost the doubles point in both matches over the weekend, which contributed to the pair of losses after UW had won six in a row.
This weekend's opponents are two of the top teams in the nation and the last unbeatens in the Pac-12. UCLA's only loss came to USC at the ITA National Team Indoors. The Bruins have four ranked players, including No. 18 Marcos Giron, No. 20 Adrian Puget, No. 32 Dennis Novikov and No. 70 Dennis Mkrtchian. In addition, all three of the UCLA's doubles squads are ranked. Overall, the Dawgs are just 2-29 against UCLA, including falling 5-2 last season.
USC has just two losses on the season, including the ITA Team Indoor finals against Virginia and a couple days later in a non-conference dual versus UCLA. The Trojans have eight ranked players, including No. 5 Emilio Gomez, No. 11 Ray Sarmiento, No. 34 Roberto Quiroz, No. 48 Yannick Hanfmann, No. 75 Eric Johnson, No. 90 Jonny Wang, No. 97 Michael Grant and No. 124 Max De Vroome. In addition, USC has six ranked doubles teams, although some players are ranked on multiple teams. Overall, it is potentially the most talented roster in the nation and a reason that USC has won four-straight national titles. Washington is just 4-26 all-time against USC, including last season's 7-0 loss.
Following the weekend, Washington will close the season at No. 43 Oregon on April 20. The Pac-12 Championships begin on April 24 in Ojai, Calif.