Dawgs Equal Best Start With Sweep Of Eagles
March 12, 2010
SEATTLE - Washington men's tennis equaled its best start in program history through fifteen matches, as the Dawgs defeated Eastern Washington 7-0 to improve to 14-1 on the year. The 18th-ranked Huskies have won nine matches in a row and matched the start of the 2003 squad which made the NCAA Round of 16.
The match started outdoors at the Bill Quillian Stadium, but the teams got only about halfway through doubles play before a hailstorm hit and sent everyone headed for the shelter of the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Once play resumed, Derek Drabble and Martin Kildahl finished off an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles over Nico Riego de Dios and Chad Henninger. Next off was Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Kyle McMorrow, as the 50th-ranked pair beat Julian Sanchez and Fernando Mussolini by an 8-3 count. The third spot went to an early tiebreak at 5-5, and junior Skyler Tateishi and sophomore Matt Stith came out ahead, 7-2 in the breaker, over Anderson and Simikic.
McMorrow blasted through his singles match, 6-1, 6-0 at the No. 2 spot over Mussolini to put the Dawgs up 2-0. The freshman from Thousand Oaks, Calif. is now a team-best 13-2 in dual matches. Sophomore Matt Stith came off next with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Flavio Malagutti at sixth singles. It's the second dual win in as many matches on the year for Stith.
56th-ranked Nedunchezhiyan posted the fourth and clinching point for the Huskies, as he handled Riego de Dios in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 1 singles match. He raises his dual record to 11-3, all at No. 1 singles. Up next came junior Tobi Obenaus, who took care of Stefan Simikic at third singles, 6-3, 6-2.
Junior Brad Bator got into the win column at fourth singles. The Bothell, Wash. native topped Julian Sanchez, 6-4, 6-3. That left Tateishi on court at fifth singles in his second dual match of the season. He pulled out the first set against Henninger in a tiebreak, 7-4, then finished off the Husky sweep with a 6-3 second set win.
The 2003 squad lost its sixteenth match, so a win next time out for UW would establish a new mark. They will have to wait until after spring break for that challenge, as their next match will come March 23 at UC Santa Barbara.
Washington Men's Tennis
No. 18 Washington 7, Eastern Washington 0