No. 11 Cardinal Hold Home Court Over Huskies
April 7, 2012
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Tennis teams looking for the road upset are always geared to try and nab the doubles point. So it was a tough blow today for the Husky men's tennis team when the 11th-ranked Stanford Cardinal pulled out the decisive doubles match in a tiebreak. Stanford rode that momentum to a 7-0 win at the Taube Tennis Stadium, as the Huskies (12-7, 0-4 Pac-12) hung in on most singles courts but could not get the needed breaks.
After Stanford won the No. 1 doubles match, senior Matt Stith and junior Marton Bots evened doubles with an 8-5 win at the No. 2 spot over Kandath and Lin. At third doubles, freshman Jeff Hawke and sophomore Max Manthou went to a tiebreak against 53rd-ranked John Morrissey and Robert Stineman, but the Cardinal pair came out on top, 7-5, in the breaker to put Stanford up 1-0 overall.
Going to singles, Stanford took all six first sets to put the Huskies in a big hole. Only 14th-ranked junior Kyle McMorrow came back to force a third set, as he was playing Stanford senior Bradley Klahn, a former NCAA Singles Champion. On Stanford's Senior Day, Klahn came through in the third, wrapping up a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win.
At second singles, freshman Emmett Egger was in the mix against yet another highly-ranked foe, but 25th-ranked Ryan Thacher was just a little bit too strong, as he earned a 6-4, 7-5 win. Bots lost a 6-3, 6-2 decision to Kandath at third singles, and Manthou fell, 6-4, 6-1, to Morrissey at No. 4.
Freshmen Viktor Farkas and Nicholas Kamisar fell short in their first trips to Palo Alto. Farkas was stopped by Stineman, 6-2, 6-4, and Kamisar played a solid second set but lost to Daniel Ho, 6-2, 7-5.
UW comes back home for three more Pac-12 duals to end the regular season, starting next Friday against Utah.
Washington Men's Tennis
No. 11 Stanford 7, No. 22 Washington 0