May 10, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Fueled by a spectacular finish from Marton Bots, Washington survived a thrilling first round NCAA matchup to defeat Notre Dame, 4-3. Tied 3-3, rain forced the match inside where Bots did his best work, winning five-straight games to pull out a three-set victory and clinch the win for UW.
"It was quite a storm that moved us inside," said head coach Matt Anger. "There was thunder and lightning and the whole thing. Once we were inside it was Bots that brought the lightning."
Washington got things started with a big point in doubles. Kyle McMorrow that clinched the doubles point. The senior duo defeated the top team from Notre Dame, 8-3.
In singles, UW moved ahead 2-0 with a win from Egger at No. 4. Egger defeated Billy Pecor of Notre Dame, 6-4, 6-1.
"Emmett had a super day," said Anger. "He was tough right from the get go, breaking serve right away. He allowed his serve to be broken, but then fought back and got another break and was able to take care of business from there."
Notre Dame bounced back to win a pair of singles matches to even the score at 2-2. Wyatt McCoy of Notre Dame defeated Jeff Hawke, 6-3, 6-2, followed by No. 80 Greg Andrews beating No. 17 McMorrow, 7-5, 6-4. It was just the fourth loss in dual matches this season for McMorrow and just the second time that Washington overcame his defeat for a team win.
"Kyle had a tough opponent today," said Anger. "I have been watching Andrews since he was a junior and he hits a very clean ball. Still, Kyle served for the first set and was very much in the match."
The Dawgs fought back to regain the lead when Nicholas Kamisar won at No. 6. The Husky sophomore defeated Alex Lawson, 6-4, 6-4, earning the only two breaks of serve late in each set.
"Nick broke at 4-5 in the first and 4-4 in the second," said Anger. "He was just hitting his spots and not giving any points away. He was also able to hit a lot of returns and so even though the breaks didn't come until late, he was giving himself a lot of chances."
The Fighting Irish evened things up when Blas Moros defeated Max Manthou at No. 3, just before the rains came. Moros overcame a third-set deficit to win, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.
That set the stage for Bots and his opponent Quentin Monaghan. Bots had pulled out a big first set in a tiebreak, but had lost the second set and was down a break in the third when the match was moved inside.
"I am not sure if moving inside helped or hurt Marton," said Anger. "Notre Dame probably plays inside more than we do, but if anything it gave Marton a chance to clear his head and start over."
Whatever the change was, Bots came out on fire. He lost the first game to fall behind, 3-1, but then held serve and broke Monaghan to even up the set. He never let up, winning out to make it five-straight games including two breaks to clinch the win for Washington.
Bots final score was a 7-6 (10-8), 2-6, 6-3, victory at No. 2 singles.
The Dawgs will now await their second-round opponent as Ohio State and Cleveland State began their match immediately after UW ended. The Buckeyes are the fifth-seed in the NCAA Tournament and the regional host. If the Buckeyes are indeed the opponent, Washington will look to end a 170-match win streak at home for Ohio State. The Buckeyes last loss in Columbus was April 5, 2003 to Illinois.
The Dawgs second round match is set for Saturday, May 11, at 9 a.m.
Washington Men's Tennis
NCAA First Round
May 10, 2013 - Columbus, Ohio
No. 37 Washington 4, No. 28 Notre Dame 3
1. Marton Bots/Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Billy Pecor/Alex Lawson (ND) 8-3
2. Emmett Egger/Jeff Hawke (UW) def. Spencer Talmadge/Wyatt McCoy (ND) 8-4
3. Greg Andrews/Quentin Monaghan (ND) def. Viktor Farkas/Max Manthou (UW) 8-3
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1. #80 Greg Andrews (ND) def. #17 Kyle McMorrow (UW) 7-5, 6-4
2. Marton Bots (UW) def. Quentin Monaghan (ND) 7-6 (10-8), 2-6, 6-3
3. Blas Moros (ND) def. Max Manthou (UW) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
4. Emmett Egger (UW) def. Billy Pecor (ND) 6-4, 6-1
5. Wyatt McCoy (ND) def. Jeff Hawke (UW) 6-3, 6-2
6. Nicholas Kamisar (UW) def. Alex Lawson (ND) 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 4,5,1,6,3,2