Men's Tennis Loses Tough Battle to No. 9 USC
April 11, 1998
SEATTLE, WA -- The 29th-ranked Washington men's tennis team lost to ninth-ranked USC, 4-3, Saturday afternoon. The Huskies fall to 13-6 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10 while USC improves to 15-5 and 4-0 in the Pac-10. The Huskies have yet to defeat the Trojans in their tennis history and finish with an 8-1 record inside the Nordstrom Tennis Center this season.
Despite claiming the doubles point early, Washington was unable to split the six singles matches, winning only two. Down 3-2, the No. 2 and No. 5 singles matches went into third-set tie-breakers. Down 5-0 in No. 5 singles, redshirt freshman Jeremy Berman tallied three straight points before losing in the tie-break 7-3 to USC's Fernando Samayoa. The final score was 1-6, 6-2, 7-6. Minutes after USC clinched the match, freshman Robert Kendrick, ranked 66th in the nation, defeated Roman Kukal in their third-set tie-break, 7-2. Kendrick won by the scores of 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.
In doubles action, the tandem of Eric Drew and Sasha Rampazzo defeated USC's George Bastl and Patrick Gottesleben, 9-8, while Berman and Kendrick teamed up to defeat the Trojans' Kyle Spencer and Akram Zamran, 9-8 to earn Washington its doubles point.
The Huskies conclude their regular season Saturday, April 18 as they travel south to face the Oregon Ducks at 1 p.m.
Singles 1. George Bastl (USC) d. Eric Drew (UW) 6-2, 7-5 2. Robert Kendrick (UW) d. Roman Kukal (USC) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 3. Patrick Gottesleben (USC) d. Sasha Rampazzo (UW) 6-3, 6-4 4. Kyle Spencer (USC) d. Marius Lunde (UW) 6-3, 6-2 5. Fernando Samayoa (USC) d. Jeremy Berman (UW) 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 6. Mark Woolley (UW) d. Christoph Poehler (USC) 6-2, 7-6