SEATTLE – The University of Washington men’s tennis team picked up a big win Friday night as they outlasted No. 42 Minnesota , 5-2, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Dawgs are now 7-6 on the season and next host Virginia Tech on Wednesday, March 12 (3 p.m.).
“It was definitely a tough match for us tonight and we’re happy to be on the winning side,” said head coach Matt Anger. “Even with it being 5-2, I felt like we barely got four, more like three-and-nine-tenths. We knew it was going to be a tight match. Everything has been a battle for us this year and I’m happy for the guys. Minnesota is a pretty good team so this win will definitely help our guys.”
Doubles play featured a dramatic finish as the final match came down to a tie break with Minnesota taking the point. Playing as a doubles pair for the first time this season, Jeff Hawke and Wendell Watanabe took the first match with an 8-5 win. The Gophers followed that up with a win on court one as Viktor Farkas and Max Manthou fell 8-4, leaving the doubles point in court three’s hands.
Michael Chamerski and Emmett Egger, who had paired up earlier in the season against Tulsa, took Toledo and Frueh to a tiebreak before falling 8-7 (7-3).
“I thought we were better in doubles play tonight even though we didn’t get the point, but I liked that we were tough from top to bottom,” said Anger. It was good that we didn’t let losing that point keep us down. That is always a concern, but our guys were all grit, all blue collar.”
Down 1-0, heading into singles play, the Dawgs quickly tied things up as Viktor Farkas easily cruised by Jeremy Lynn, 6-1, 6-0, on court five. Egger followed that up a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jack Hamburg on court three while Gal Hakak gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Ruben Weber in the number two spot.
“We are scratching and clawing to get better and we are getting better,” added Anger. “I felt that the guys on our team and our crowd really provided a positive atmosphere for us tonight. I felt it. We make sure that if there is one guy out there playing, every guy is out there pulling for them. That’s what’s fun about collegiate team tennis.”
The Dawgs continued to roll through singles play with Hawke claiming a 6-3, 6-2 win over Pepe Froment. Daffra Sanon also won in two sets as he outlasted Franz Sydow, 6-4, 6-3. No singles match went to three sets on the day.
Up next for the Huskies is a Wednesday match with Virginia Tech on March 12 (3 p.m.).
UW 5, #42 Minnesota 2
Nordstrom Tennis Center
Doubles Results (Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2)
1. Hamburg/Froment (MINN) def. Farkas/Manthou, 8-4
2. Toledo/Frueh (MINN) def. Chamerski/Egger, 8-7 (7-3)
5. Hawke/Watanabe def. Ramierz/Sydow (MINN), 8-5
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 5, 3, 2, 4, 6, 1)
1. Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. Max Manthou, 7-6, 6-4
2. Gal Hakak def. Ruben Weber (MINN), 6-4, 6-2
3. Emmett Egger def. Jack Hamburg (MINN), 6-3, 6-4
4. Jeff Hawke def. Pepe Froment (MINN), 6-3, 6-2
5. Viktor Farkas def. Jeremy Lynn (MINN), 6-1, 6-0
6. Daffra Sanon def. Franz Sydow (MINN), 6-4, 6-3