No. 34 Huskies Net Sweep Of Pilots
Jan. 16, 2009
SEATTLE - The Husky men's tennis team turned back the Portland Pilots tonight at the Nordstrom Tennis Center with a 7-0 sweep. Portland (0-1) kept the singles matches close in the second sets, but Washington (2-0) rose to the occasion at every spot.
After winning the doubles point, Washington took every first set in singles with ease, but Portland hung tough in most second sets. Junior Derek Drabble (Johannesburg, South Africa) scored the first point in singles, defeating Evan Schleining, 6-1, 6-4. Senior Ryo Sekiguchi (Tokyo, Japan) was next on the board, securing a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 6 singles over Nick Wales and putting UW up 3-0.
The clinching point came from sophomore Martin Kildahl (Oslo, Norway), who held off Bryan Thorp, 6-4, 6-4, at the third singles position. Just a few moments later, sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (Chennai, India) finished off a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the top singles match against Joel Kincaid, stretching UW's lead out to 5-0.
The final two Huskies were both pushed to third sets, but both raised their games when it mattered most. At No. 2 singles, senior Patrik Fischer (Huttwil, Bern, Switzerland) went up against serve and volleyer Filip Zivkovic, who was undefeated in dual matches last year including a win against the Huskies. Fischer solved Zivkovic's big serve in the first set, winning 6-2, but was unable to break in the second set and Zivkovic won a 7-4 tiebreaker. From the start of the third set, however, Fischer's game picked up while Zivkovic wore down and Fischer ran away with a 6-1 win. In the fourth slot, senior David Chu (Vancouver, B.C.) took the first set, 6-2, from Geoff Hernandez, with Hernandez coming back to win the second, 6-4. Chu got back in control in set three, winning 6-1 to finish off the UW sweep.
Fischer and Drabble started the match off with a rout at No. 2 doubles, mowing through Thorp and Nikoloz Kurdadze, 8-0. Sophomors Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski clinched the point with an 8-3 win at the No. 3 position. The turning point came in the eighth game, as the Huskies were serving up 4-3, and saved multiple break point chances before holding serve and going on to win the final three games. Portland was able to take the No. 1 doubles match, 8-6. Kildahl and Nedunchezhiyan stayed on serve with Zivkovic and Schleining until the final game, where Portland broke to win.
The Huskies will be back in action later this weekend on Sunday, when they face the Dons of San Francisco at 12 p.m.
Washington Men's Tennis