Huskies Post 5-2 Pac-12 Win Over Utes
April 13, 2012
SEATTLE - The 25th-ranked Husky men's tennis team got outdoors on its home courts for the first time this season, and the fresh air also meant a fresh start, as the Dawgs earned a 5-2 win over Utah to snap a four-match losing streak. All prior losses had come to teams ranked in the top-12 nationally, so even with the solid win, Head Coach Matt Anger knows the Huskies (13-7, 1-4 Pac-12) have to keep improving.
"In the doubles, Marton Bots and Matt Stith came out and did a really good job. They were ready, but I still think we could have been a little tighter, not playing careless, at first and third doubles. I think we were fortunate, really, to get the doubles point," said Anger. "In singles I think we're making progress, but we're not there yet. I'm very happy we won and that's what we're trying to do ... but we've got to keep getting better."
Bots and Stith cruised to an 8-2 victory at second doubles over Utah's Matias and Medinilla, but the Huskies were in trouble early at the other two spots. Kyle McMorrow and Emmett Egger were down two service breaks at 3-6 with Utah serving in the No. 1 match, but then they won the next five games to come back and beat Benito Suriano and Dmytro Mamedov, 8-6. At third doubles, Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou were down an early break but came back to win in a tiebreak at the third spot, 7-6 (7-5).
Before some first sets were completed, McMorrow had posted a second Husky point, as he did not lose a single game in a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Suriano at No. 1 singles. After pulling out the first set in a tiebreaker, sophomore Max Manthou then raced to a 6-0 second set win at No. 5 singles over Devin Lane to make it 3-0. Redshirt freshman Nicholas Kamisar then clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles over Alejandro Medinilla.
Despite being unranked as a team, Utah features three ranked singles players to the one of Washington. Bots was not intimidated by the No. 50 ranking for Slim Hamza at No. 3 singles. Hamza took the first set in a hurry, but Bots turned things around and took the second set, 6-2, and built a 4-1 lead in the third set. Then Bots hit a lull and Hamza rallied to force a final set tiebreak. Bots won the breaker with an angled forehand winner, 8-6, to complete a 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win.
Utah earned points at second singles, where 123rd-ranked Mamedov defeated Egger, 7-6 (7), 6-4, and at fourth singles, where freshman Viktor Farkas couldn't shake 124th-ranked Rafael Davidian despite a 6-1 first set win. Davidian came back to win 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
The Huskies will look to keep building this Sunday, when Arizona visits for another key Pac-12 battle. That match begins at 11 a.m.
Washington Men's Tennis
No. 25 Washington 5; Utah 2