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Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who led the Huskies to the NCAA Championships again in the 2010-2011 season as a senior, is now making a name for himself and moving up the professional ranks. In the last month alone he's won two tournaments. On November 14 he beat fellow Indian Vishnu Varhad in two sets to win the India F10 Futures tournament. Two weeks later he followed that up with another two set victory in the India F12 Futures tournament. According to the ITF website the 23 year-old lefty is 12-3 on the year and is definitely on the rise.
On Friday, Sports Radio 950 KJR AM -- the flagship station for the Washington ISP Sports Network -- held its KJR Kares A-Thon at Anthony's on Pier 66.
Several Huskies -- including hoops star Isaiah Thomas, men's crew coach Michael Callahan, men's tennis coach Matt Anger and cross country and track coach Greg Metcalf -- all made the trek to downtown Seattle for an appearance. The annual event, hosted by KJR personality Mike Gastineau, is held to raise money for several Seattle-area charitites.
Under an unusual interview format, all four Husky representatives took the stage at the same time for the interview. The segment started with all three coaches making their argument for which of their sports Thomas would be best suited to play if Lorenzo Romar let him tryout.
It was discovered that Isaiah played tennis while in prep school, so I think Matt Anger won out on the argument.
Each coach gave an update of their sports and what's going on this fall and Thomas talked about his team. There was a nice amount of purple being donned by the crowd in attendance, so the Huskies were well-represented off stage as well.
Also in attendance were former Husky basketball great Mike Hayward, UW quarterback legend Hugh Millen and football and hoops play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau. It was a great time had by all and a good opportunity for the Husky family to help out their flagship station in the community.
For more info on KJR Kares A-Thon ... click here.
To listen to the interview and other segments from Friday ... click here.
At 80-degrees and sunny it's a perfect afternoon for some tennis on the Bill Quilian Courts, where the Husky tennis teams practice and play their outdoor matches, but players coming to the popular courts the past two days have noticed something missing, namely white lines and nets.
of paint were spread around the courts starting today. For those who want to create the paint job on their own backyard court, the purple shade of the courts is Canadian Violet, while Grass Green provides the outer surroundings.
On the right are the courts stripped bare, with Tuesday's second stage to the left.
Husky All-American Denise Dy is back in the final of the Washington State Open and will look to defend her singles title on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at the Seattle Tennis Club. Dy, the top seed in the tourney, defeated fifth-seeded Irina Tereschenko, 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals today. She will play former Stanford and TCU standout Story Tweedie-Yates in the final.
Dy was just one of several Huskies to win their semifinal matches on Saturday. 2009 graduate David Chu continued his impressive run with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Brian McPhee. Chu is unseeded but upset defending champ and No. 2 seed Angelo Niculescu, 6-1, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. In the final Chu will face top-seeded Roman Borvanov.
In doubles, Dy was a winner again, teaming with former UW All-American Dea Sumantri to defeat another pair of ex-Huskies, Katherine Costain and Lisa Proctor. Costain and Proctor lettered for UW in the 90's and Costain played in the NCAA doubles tourney. But the younger Huskies prevailed with a 6-0, 6-3 win today and will play for the title at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
In men's doubles, Husky legend Alex Vlaski and his partner Justin Bower rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 semifinal win and will shoot for the title Sunday at 2 p.m.
Also advancing was former Husky head coach Doug Ruffin, who is in the final of the men's 60 division.
Play continues on at the Seattle Tennis Club this week in the 120th running of the Washington State Open, and a number of Huskies have moved through the early rounds into the Round of 16.
Top seed and defending champ Denise Dy opened with a 6-0, 6-1 win in women's singles. Joining her in the Round of 16 is junior Aleksandra Krsljanin, and former All-American Dea Sumantri.
Senior-to-be Tobi Obenaus has two straight-set wins under his belt and will now play top-seeded Roman Borvanov in the men's singles draw. In his second match he beat Aaron Wong, a UW teammate in 2008-09, by a 6-2, 6-2 score.
Brad Bator also moved into the Round of 16 with two easy victories, having lost just three total games over two matches. Incoming freshman Max Manthou has also advanced, winning his last match without surrendering a single game. 2009 grad David Chu is 2-0 as well and will play sixth-seeded George Jecminek on Thursday.
Highlighting doubles is three-time All-American Alex Vlaski, who teamed with Justin Bower for a 6-0, 6-1 win in their first match.
Action continues on at the STC through Sunday. Click here for updated draws and results.
Husky tennis recruit Max Manthou will serve up a different kind of ball than the one he's used to this evening, as the four-time Washington state tennis champion will throw out the first pitch before the Mariners take on the Kansas City Royals at Safeco Field.
Manthou, a Tacoma native, was undefeated in four years of play for Kentwood High School, and became the first student-athlete in state history to win four-consecutive 4A state singles titles. He also played for Kentwood's state champion boys basketball team this season.
Game time is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. so head in a little early to see if Manthou's pitching arm is as good as his forehand or jump shot.
Here's a shot of Manthou on the mound on Wednesday. He threw to M's outfielder Ryan Langerhans and posed for a photo with him afterwards.
For the fourth time in his career, former Husky All-American Robert Kendrick faced a Top-10 opponent in the early rounds of Wimbledon, and he put up another fantastic fight but ultimately fell in four sets today at the All England Club.
Kendrick and 10th-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were the first match on Court 1 today. Kendrick had to win three qualifying matches in order to make the main draw for the fifth time in his career.
Both of the first two sets went all the way to tiebreakers, but Tsonga prevailed in each, 7-2 and then 8-6. But Kendrick refused to give up despite the misfortune of being down two sets despite playing Tsonga even. He came back to win the third set, 6-3, before Tsonga closed out the 2.5-hour-long match with a 6-4 win in the fourth set.
Kendrick has taken at least a set in each of his Top-10 Wimbledon match-ups, going five sets against Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo in the past, and four sets against Andy Murray last year and now Tsonga.
Former Husky All-American Robert Kendrick has once again qualified for the main draw at Wimbledon, the fifth main draw appearance of his career. Kendrick will open on Tuesday at 5 a.m. Pacific time against 10th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in what will be the first match of the day on Court No. 1. Expect this match to get a lot of air time on ESPN2 or watch online on ESPN3.com.
Kendrick has also reached the main draw of the most storied tournament in tennis in 2003, 2006, 2007, and 2009. Last year he faced Brit Andy Murray in the first round and took a set before falling in four sets. Kendrick has been notoriously pesky on the grass against several top-ranked players. In 2004 he made the second round then lost a five-set marathon to Rafael Nadal as Nadal went on to reach the final. He also went five sets with 7th-seed Tommy Robredo in 2007.
To reach the main draw Kendrick had to win three qualifying matches, as his world ranking has dropped to 161. He defeated Filip Krajinovic of Serbia, Josselin Ouanna of France, and Ryan Sweeting of the U.S. to make the main draw.
Kendrick was an All-American in singles and doubles for the Huskies in 1999 under current head coach Matt Anger. He made the National Indoor Championship final, losing to fellow future pro James Blake.
It's been quite a year for Kentwood High's Max Manthou. The UW-bound senior was a captain on the Kentwood hoops team which won the state title this past winter. Manthou then concluded his historic prep tennis career with his fourth-consecutive Washington 4A State Singles Championship this past Saturday in Kennewick.
Manthou was never defeated in his local prep career, and went through this year's
state tournament again without dropping a set. He defeated Kent Andreasen in the final, 6-2, 6-3. Here is the Seattle Times write-up on Manthou's final match for Kentwood.
Manthou's success has come in an unorthodox fashion, as he has never devoted his life completely to tennis, as so many top juniors do that aspire to play professionally. Manthou was given the option to attend a private academy but declined, and continued to play basketball for the Conquerors all four years.
This ESPN RISE feature is a great read on the future Husky, what has motivated him during his athletic career (including a legendary Husky on the hardwood), and what lies ahead for him at UW. Here is an excerpt:
"When he was 11, his private coach nicknamed him Little Big Man because of the way he dismantled his older, often larger, opponents. Showing superior footwork and an advanced tennis IQ, he fearlessly piled up improbable victories.
The Husky men's and women's tennis teams will gather in the Nordstrom Tennis Center this afternoon to learn their NCAA Championships fates. The official selection show airs at some point between 2-3 p.m. Pacific time on ESPNNews.
Both teams were ranked in the top-30 in last week's rankings and expect to be selected. It would mark the 16th-consecutive bid for the men's team, one for each of head coach Matt Anger's years with the program. The women will be looking for their third-straight bid under head coach Jill Hultquist.
Last year the men were sent to Austin, Texas where they defeated Texas Tech before falling to Texas in the second round. The women traveled to Los Angeles, defeating San Diego State in the opener and then upsetting USC in the second round to reach the Round of 16 in College Station, Texas where they had their run ended by South Carolina.
The newest set of team and individual rankings were released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. With the NCAA Championships coming up next month, rankings are being turned over every week at this point, though that makes for less movement in each edition.
The best news for the UW men and women was the women's team moving back up two spots to No. 29. Many conferences had team tournaments last week and the various results from around the country helped give the Husky women a little bump, even though they were idle.
The Husky men descended one place to 26th, their first time out of the Top-25 since January, although by just one spot.
There was little movement in the singles and doubles rankings for either Husky squad. Denise Dy and Venise Chan both remained at 10th and 15th, respectively, as neither of them played singles at Pac-10s. Dy and Joyce Ardies dropped a few spots to 19th in the doubles rankings but should still be well positioned for an NCAA selection. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan stayed at 75th on the men's side, while he and Kyle McMorrow dropped a bit to 77th in doubles.
Complete rankings can be found on the ITA website here.
Freshman Kyle McMorrow has posted a team-best 17-5 dual record this season with all but one match coming at the No. 2 singles spot, no easy task for a rookie in the Pac-10 Conference. But McMorrow was accustomed to success in a fantastic prep career, much of which was based around Ojai, California, where McMorrow and the rest of the Huskies are residing this week for the Pac-10 Championships.
A native of Thousand Oaks, which is less than an hour away from Ojai in Venutra Country, McMorrow grew up competing in the junior tourney and watching the Pac-10 matches. More than that, his grandfather was a former president of the tourney and his family still lives in the area.
The Ventura County Star talked to McMorrow and head coach Matt Anger as part of its Pac-10 tourney preview. Here is an excerpt:
"The Washington players always receive housing during The Ojai, and McMorrow's hosts were an easy call.
He plans to bunk with mom and dad.
"I haven't been home in a while, so I am looking forward to spending time with my parents and sleeping in my own bed," McMorrow said."
To read the full story, click here.
Mark Morgan of The Daily does a nice job capturing the environment indoors from Washington's last home tennis match of the season, which came this past Saturday in a 6-1 victory over the Oregon Ducks.
Senior Derek Drabble was honored before the match, and talked to Morgan afterwards about where he sees the team as it prepares for postseason play.
"The biggest thing is that everyone's gotten a little tougher and mentally stronger on the court," Drabble said. "Playing USC, UCLA and bigger teams like that ... going into the NCAAs we are going to be ready and be knowing what to expect from the better teams. I think that's going to give us an edge and make us tougher as a team."
For the complete story, click here.
This Saturday's 2 p.m. dual against Oregon will mark the final home appearance for senior Derek Drabble. The Johannesburg, South Africa native has started all but four matches over the last four years for the Huskies and ranks in UW's career top-10 in doubles wins.
The UW Daily previews the match here with some quotes from head coach Matt Anger:
"It's a special day for (Drabble), and it's one of the neat things about college athletics. You've got to get the most out of it because you're only allowed so many years where you get to participate."
The UW Daily provides a couple good weekend wrap-ups of men's and women's tennis, which both went against the Bay Area schools last Friday and Saturday.
Taylor Soper writes about the women, who had their closest match ever against Stanford on Friday, and then hosted Senior Day on Saturday against Cal. Washington wasn't able to come out on top, but Coach Hultquist sees the gap closing. Soper also talks with assistant Damon Coupe about Aleksandra Malovic's two wins, and senior Joyce Ardies.
The men lost a heartbreaker on Saturday in a marathon match that had seven sets go to tiebreaks in singles play. Still there were a number of positives such as a big win for freshman Kyle McMorrow over 71st-ranked Chris Konigsfeldt, and a third-straight Pac-10 win for junior Martin Kildahl.
Coach Anger assessed where the team needs to go from here:
"We really played hard on Saturday; that match is a little tough to let go," Anger said. "Yet that is going to be our task this week: We've got to get set. We're going to have a while before we play in the NCAA tournament, so we've got to make some strides."
Both the UW men and women tennis teams maintained their spots in the Top-25 of the national rankings, as the latest poll was released today by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. The men have now been ranked in the Top-25 since February 4, while the women have been in the upper echelon all season long.
Despite each posting wins in their only outings last week, both Husky teams had minimal slides in the team rankings. The men went down one spot to 22nd after a 6-1 win at then-No. 34 Arizona, while the women slipped two spots despite a 5-2 win on the road at unranked Oregon.
Both teams will have a golden opportunity to make a rankings jump this weekend with the postseason right around the corner. But that will take a win over some loaded teams from the Bay Area. The men will travel to face No. 7 Stanford and No. 15 Cal, while the women will be hosting 11th-ranked Stanford and 12th-ranked Cal. Both the men and women face the Cardinal on Friday, then the Bears on Saturday.
Looking at the Pac-10, six of the nine women's teams are in the Top-25, led by 8th-ranked UCLA. For the men, five of the seven teams reside in the Top-25, with 3rd-ranked USC in control of the conference race.
New singles and doubles rankings for men's and women's tennis were churned out this week by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, and three Husky singles players saw slight rises in the polls.
Sophomore Denise Dy and her 20-3 singles record moved up one spot this week to No. 6 in the country. She has been as high as No. 3 this spring.
Junior Venise Chan is still close behind Dy and also moved up one spot to 15th nationally. Last season, Chan won every match at No. 1 singles except for two close losses at Arizona and Arizona State. This season she started off conference play by sweeping the top players for the Arizona schools to exact some revenge.
In the men's rankings, junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan stepped up two spots from 56th to 54th, just short of his season-high of 51st. Nedunchezhiyan has four wins in dual play over currently ranked players and will have many more chances when Pac-10 play begins.
Dy and senior Joyce Ardies dropped just out of the Top-10 in the doubles rankings despite not having lost a match all year at No. 1 doubles. They are now ranked 11th and have been as high as sixth.
For the men, UW's No. 3 doubles team of Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski remains ranked at no. 69.
Both teams remained in the Top-20 for the second straight week, with the men coming in at 19th and the women at 20th.
Both the Husky men's and women's tennis teams hit new season-high marks in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings this afternoon. Washington is one of just fourteen programs to have both its men's and women's teams in the Top-25.
The women moved up one spot to 18th following wins over Sacramento State and Minnesota last weekend, both of which were ranked. This is the highest ranking for the women since 2005 when they were ranked as high as 8th. Currently, sophomore Denise Dy is ranked fourth in the national singles rankings and junior Venise Chan ranks 14th. Dy and senior Joyce Ardies are the NCAA's 6th-ranked doubles team.
The men jumped two spots this week up to No. 23 coming off a win over then-No. 36 Notre Dame on Saturday. Last week's individual rankings saw junior Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan get back towards the top of the charts as he came in at No. 51. He then upset 28th-ranked Casey Watt of Notre Dame to pick up some more rankings points. Juniors Alex Rosinski and Tobi Obenaus are also ranked 42nd in doubles.
Both UW teams are on the road this week, with the 9-1 men heading to Oregon and the 7-1 women going farther south to California for non-conference duals.
Complete rankings are available here.
The voter-approved Sound Transit project to construct a light rail station outside Husky Stadium jumped quickly into its first phase recently. A quick look at the E-11 and E-12 parking lots just to the South of Husky Stadium shows a flurry of construction activity. (Click on the photo to the right for a larger version).
GoHuskies.com has setup a great website that provides in-depth information on the project and its six-year impact on Husky athletics.
Also, Chris Fetters of Sports Washington wrote a good explanation of the project and its impact on Husky football parking in November.
We'll have more updates throughout the spring, leading into next year's 2010 Husky football season. So, keep tuned to GoHuskies.com.
The NCAA released its annual report of graduation success rates among Division I instititions and, once again, the University of Washington showed it ranks second in the Pac-10 and second among all public institutions on the West Coast. Washington's football federal graduation rate is just two percent shy of the rate for all Division I student-athletes. For the complete story and links to the NCAA reports, visit this piece posted yesterday on GoHuskies.com. The Associated Press also wrote a good story on the topic, which you can find here.
A couple of facts that were not widely reported included the graduation success rate (GSR) among football programs in the Pac-10. Among scholarship athletes, the Huskies rate second in the league in both graduation success rate and the four-year rolling federal graduation rate average. Below is a chart showing how the UW fares against league rivals.
A couple of other key facts that the report revealed about the academic success of various UW sports programs:
• The graduation rate for UW scholarship student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility at the school during this reporting period was an impressive 90 percent. A total of 503 student-athletes fit into this category.
Recently, Washington Husky athletic department officials and student-athletes showed their appreciation to its scholarship donors at its annual luncheon in the Don James Center. Husky student-athletes Victor Aiyewa and Danielle Lawrie presented thanks to the benefactors on behalf of all of the UW's scholarship student-athletes.
Check out this great photo gallery from the event.
Women's soccer coach Lesle Gallimore gave a passionate speech that outlined the tremendous responsibility each coach accepts as they makes decisions on who and when to award athletic scholarships.
"As a coach I am entrusted with the task of awarding scholarships to young women whom my staff and I determine are worthy of your generosity," said Gallimore. "This is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. I have done nothing for the dollars that I am doling out. It is not my hard work that has made these scholarships possible and yet it is my duty to select people that will live up to their commitment of striving for athletic and academic excellence.
Former Washington All-American Robert Kendrick saw his U.S. Open singles run come to an end yesterday in the second round, but advanced to the second round in the doubles draw.
Kendrick faced another seasoned veteran in singles, 20th-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany, a former top-five player and Grand Slam semifinalist. Every set was close, but Haas was a little better in each one, winning 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). The second round appearance matched Kendrick's career best.
In the first round of doubles play, Kendrick and teammate Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia earned a straight-set 6-3, 6-4 win over former NCAA Champion Benjamin Becker and Igor Kunitsyn. Next they will face Rik de Voest and another American, Rajeev Ram.
Kendrick was also entered in the mixed doubles draw with Abigail Spears but the two lost their first round match.
Former UW All-American Robert Kendrick is through to the second round at the U.S. Open, matching his best showing in a major. Yesterday, Kendrick scored a routine 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Martin Vassallo Arguello setting up a second-round match with 20th-seed Tommy Haas, the veteran German who has been ranked in the top-five in the world.
Kendrick is currently ranked 77th and is the seventh among Americans. Vassallo Arguello is 52nd in the world rankings, so the win constituted a bit of an upset, although Kendrick and most Americans in general are better suited to playing on hard courts like at the U.S. Open.
Kendrick is also entered in the doubles draw, teaming up with Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. The two will play Benjamin Becker and Igor Kunitsyn in the first round. And if two draws weren't enough, Kendrick will be playing mixed doubles as well with American Abigail Spears.
This is Kendrick's fourth-consecutive U.S. Open appearance and his fifth all-time. Last year he reached the second round as well before losing to eventual finalist Novak Djokovic in round two. One of his career highlights was reaching the doubles quarterfinals in 2007 with Sam Querrey.
Kendrick was a singles and doubles All-American for UW coach Matt Anger in 1999 and was ranked as high as No. 3 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Former Husky All-American Alex Slovic has advanced to the quarterfinals of the World University Games men's tennis tourney currently being contested in Belgrade, Serbia. Slovic is the fourth seed in the draw and represents the host nation as he hails from Pancevo, just 15 kilometers outside of Belgrade.
Slovic, who is the all-time winningest Husky with 184 combined singles and doubles wins, will face the No. 7-seed, Jiri Skoloudik of the Czech Republic in the quarters.
Slovic has not dropped a set so far in three wins. In the third round he bageled Mori Valter of Brazil, 6-0, 6-0, and yesterday defeated Australia's Jon Smith, 6-4, 6-2. In his first match he had to face former Husky teammate Klaus Jank of Germany. The two played together in 2006 when UW last made the NCAA Round of 16. Slovic scored the 6-4, 6-4 win.
Also still competing is current Husky junior-to-be Vanja Radunovic. The native of Montenegro is in the quarterfinals of the consolation singles draw. Radunovic dominated her first consolation match, 6-0, 6-0, then moved into the quarters via a walkover.
Former Washington All-American tennis player Robert Kendrick was on the grandest stage in tennis today, as he faced third-seeded Scotsman Andy Murray on Centre Court at Wimbledon in the first round. The match was televised live this afternoon on ESPN2.
Murray, the current favorite son of the British sports public, was pressured throughout by Kendrick, who played at UW from 1998-99. Murray pulled out the first set, 7-5, then the second headed into a tiebreak. From 3-3, Kendrick won four straight points to take the tiebreak and level the match, with his booming serves and forehand working well on the grass.
The third-seed stepped up in the next two sets, earning a break of serve in each set. In both instances, Kendrick had break chances late to get back on serve, but Murray held on for a 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 win.
Kendrick, currently ranked 76th in the world at 29 yearsold, was making the fourth Wimbledon main draw appearance of his career. Today's match recalled Kendrick's 2006 appearance, when he took the first two sets off of then-No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the second round before Nadal fought back to win in five drama-filled sets. Nadal went on to make his first final that year.
In other Husky tennis news, several Dawgs competed in the Seattle City Open this past week at the Amy Yee . In the men's draw, junior Derek Drabble reached the final before losing to top-seeded Angelo Niculescu, 7-6, 6-2. Skyler Tateishi, having just finished his sophomore year, also was beaten by Niculescu in the quarterfinals. In doubles, Drabble and Tateishi beat the second and third seeds to reach the final, but were denied by Niculescu and Ryan Pang, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
On the women's side, sophomore Ashley Anderson reached the final as the top seed, but fell 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 to Angela Chen. Former Husky Katherine Costain (1996-97) also made the quarterfinals. The women's doubles title was won easily by two more Husky alums. Three-time All-American Dea Sumantri (2002-05) and Peggy Wu (1997-00) lost just two games in taking the title. Though their careers never overlapped, Sumantri ranks third on UW's career doubles wins list with 83 and Wu is fourth with 74.
What a great year for Husky sports teams! An incredible 15 of the 18 sports that have completed its regular season participated in NCAA postseason championships. Washington is ranked among the top-10 in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup and three teams won Pac-10 titles!
Last weekend, the women's tennis team kept its national title hopes alive with a gutsy 4-3 upset victory at USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies now travel to College Station, Texas for the NCAA round of 16 match against South Carolina. The winner faces either Georgia or South Carolina in the quarterfinals.
The softball team clinched second place in the Pac-10 with a thumping of Cal in its regular-season finale, then found it it would be the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Women's golf finished just five strokes from advancing to the NCAA Championship round after finishing 10th at the NCAA Central Regionals in Columbus, Ohio. A great accomplishment from a team that did not finish as well as it would have liked at the Pac-10 championships.
Men's tennis staged one of the most incredible comebacks ever in its first-round NCAA victory over Texas Tech, but didn't have enough left in the tank on the road Texas in the second round.
The baseball team took two of three games against #25 Oregon State and Husky freshman Jeremy Taiwo placed third at the Pac-10 Multi-Event Championships.
With just more than a month left in the college sports season, there are plenty of chances for Husky greatness ahead. Keep an eye on GoHuskies.com and cheer on the Dawgs!
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