SEATTLE – The University of Washington men’s tennis team wrapped up the regular season in a big way as it rallied for a thrilling 4-3 win over 44th-ranked Oregon, Saturday afternoon at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Dawgs finish the regular season with an 11-12 record and a 2-5 mark in Pac-12 play.
“We’ve been getting for sure and I think it shows,” said head coach Matt Anger. “It’s good to get this win and its good for our guys. They need to see some kind of reward for getting better as opposed to me just telling them they’re getting better. After losing the first sets on courts two, four and six, I knew we were going to have a long road ahead of us but we responded and I was happy with how the guys performed.”
In a competitive match that lasted just under four and a half hours, the Huskies completed the comeback after losing the doubles point and trailing 3-2. The rivalry finished in dramatic fashion as it came down to number four singles and junior Jeff Hawke.
Hawke lost the first set 3-6 but won his next two sets, which both went to a tiebreak. In set two, Hawke came out on top 7-6 (4) and with the match on the line in the third set tiebreak, won 7-6 (3). It was the first time this season that the junior has clinched the win for the Dawgs and it was his first singles win since March 14 against Gonzaga.
“It was a tough match for Jeff as the guy he was playing is a very tough competitor but it was great to see him stay solid and come out with the win,” added Anger. “He didn’t have the best week at practice but he put in a lot of work, hit a lot of balls and got better Thursday and Friday. We’re fortunate for that but just like he hung in during the week with practice, he hung in today and came out on top.”
Hawke was put in the position to clinch the match only after senior Max Manthou tied up the score at three on court two. Playing in his final home match in purple and gold in front of a loud Husky crowd, Manthou lost his first set 3-6 and was down 0-3 in set two before he turned things around. The senior from Tacoma rallied for a 7-5 win before easily taking the third set 6-3.
“We’re of course happy for Max,” said Anger. “When he’s playing, his game gets better with every minute that goes by. Not that he’s figuring something out, it’s just his conditioning and shot selection and being smart in weird situation because Max does that. Despite the early score on his court, I was confident he would come back.”
Earlier in singles action, Emmett Egger and Viktor Farkas each cruised to straight-set wins to put UW up 2-1 at the time. Egger, facing 79th-ranked Robin Cambier at number one singles, posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory while Farkas defeated Joey Swaysland, 6-3, 6-0 on court five. Oregon responded with wins on courts six (6-2, 6-2) and three (7-6, 6-4) over Michael Chamerski and Gal Hakak, respectively, leaving the match in court two and four’s hands.
The Dawgs picked up their second win over a ranked team this year and won the match after losing the doubles point for just the third time this season.
Washington will now head to the Pac-12 Championship next week in Ojai, Calif., April 23-26.
UW 4, #44 Oregon 3
April 19, 2014
Seattle, Wash. – Nordstrom Tennis Center
Doubles Results (Order of Finish: 3, 1)
1. Cambier/Farin (ORE) def. Egger Hawke (UW), 8-6
2. Farkas/Manthou (UW) led Maasland/Swaysland (ORE), 7-5, susp.
3. Sardu/Amos (ORE) def. Chamerski/Watanabe (UW), 8-7 (7-2)
Singles Results (Order of Finish: 1, 5, 6, 3, 2, 4)
1. Emmett Egger (UW) def. Robin Cambier (ORE), 6-1, 6-4
2. Max Manthou (UW) def. Kevin Farin (ORE), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
3. Daan Maasland (ORE) def. Gal Hakak (UW), 7-6 (5), 6-4
4. Jeff Hawke (UW) def. Daniel Sardu (ORE), 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)
5. Viktor Farkas (UW) def. Joey Swaysland (ORE), 6-3, 6-0
6. Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Michael Chamerski (UW), 6-2, 6-3