SEATTLE – The University of Washington men’s tennis team hits the short road on Saturday as it heads faces Seattle University in a doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. at the Sand Point Tennis Center.
The Huskies are 4-4 on the season and Saturday’s match against the RedHawks will be their first since a 5-2 victory over Idaho on February 9. Following the doubleheader, the Dawgs stay on the road heading to Oregon on Feb. 28 (5 p.m.) and then Boise State on March 1 (2:30 p.m.) before returning to the Nordstrom Tennis Center for eight-straight matches.
“We’re looking forward to heading to face Seattle this weekend and to get back onto the courts,” said head coach Matt Anger. “We did it last year against Seattle U and it worked out pretty well. It lets us get all of our guys some match experience. The young guys are doing super. We’ve been playing four freshman a lot and I would say every week they’re playing less and less like freshmen.”
The Huskies have won two straight and have seen promising results from four newcomers in Gal Hakak, Michael Chamerski, Daffra Sanon and Wendell Watanabe. Chamerski and Sanon are a combined 8-1 playing in the number five and six spots while Hakak is 4-4. Watanabe and Chamerski have posted a 2-3 record in doubles play.
“Overall, our newcomers have been playing very well and showing that maybe they should be moving up which we’ll take as it goes,” Anger added. “I’ll also say that Michael [Chamerski] has surprised me with his doubles play. I couldn’t be happier with what they’ve shown early on, Daffra and Michael are a combined 8-1 in singles and have been playing at a high level despite the late arrival on campus.”
The Huskies have won the doubles point in four of their eight matches including the last two contests and Anger continues to see improvement out of the doubles pairings.
“Our doubles are definitely getting better,” he said. “I think two years ago, it was so-so for us, but we improved last year and our guys’ understanding is a lot better this year. I’ve kind of said from the beginning this year that I feel like we’re starting over. We’ve got some inexperienced guys out there but we’re having fun, we’re working, we may be an underdog more often than we would like or certainly more than we have been in the past but the guys are taking on that role and getting better.”