SEATTLE – The University of Washington men’s tennis team picked up their second-straight win with a 4-3 victory over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. Freshman Daffra Sanon, who just arrived on campus last week, clinched the match for the Huskies with his 6-3, 5-6, 6-4 singles victory.
“I expected a good match,” said head coach Matt Anger. “I was hoping it would be a little more in our favor but they obviously were pulling out a lot of tiebreakers. They obviously earned it but I think we split those and were doing all right. This is what people look forward to in team matches. Obviously I’m smiling a little more right now because we won. I feel bad for their guy at the end who fought back, but I was really impressed with Daffra and how he hung in there and kept playing.”
Sanon’s match wasn’t without dramatics though as the last point was called out then overruled by the umpire giving Sanon the win.
“In the rules, if a player calls a ball out and the umpire overrules it, it is called good,” explained Anger. “What happened, was that had happened two times already in the match. So a third time it is overruled and called good and there is a point penalty. The score was 30 all, and Daffra hit it and they called it out. It was overruled and called good, and the point penalty made it game. So it was just the timing of when that point penalty came.”
The freshman from Paris, France, wasn’t the only UW singles winner on Saturday as Max Manthou defeated Galskov Tobias, 6-2, 6-2 and Jeff Hawke handled Teague Hamilton, 6-0, 6-3.
In doubles action, Emmett Egger and Hawke picked up the Dawgs’ lone win with a 6-2 decision over Ziad Sultan and Sasha Gryazwov.
“With our doubles, I think guys hit good shots, but we didn’t make them hit another shot,” said Anger. “ In this level you have to make them hit three, four, or five shots before they win the point, not just one. In two of the matches, I would say at the beginning we didn’t capitalize on some opportunities. At three, I thought we could have done a lot better at the end. Our ones, I thought did a heck of a job.”
The Huskies won their second-straight match and head into their meeting with No. 13 Pepperdine on Tuesday, Jan. 21 with a 2-0 record.
1. Ziad Sultan def. Emmett Egger; 6-5, 6-5
2. Max Manthou def. Galskov Tobias; 6-2, 6-2
3. Gal Hakak def. Sasha Gryazwov; 6-5, 6-2
4. Jeff Hawke def. Teague Hamilton; 6-0, 6-3
5. Erik Johnson def. Viktor Farkas; 6-5, 6-5
6. Daffra Sanon def. Andrew Riminton; 6-3, 5-6, 6-4
1. Egger/Hawke def. Sultan/Gryazwov; 6-2
2. Galskov/Seemann def. Farkas/Manthou, 6-5
3. Hamilton/ Riminton def. Chamerski/Watanabe, 6-4