UW Sweeps To Second Straight Pac-12 Win
April 15, 2012
SEATTLE - A convincing sweep was just what Head Coach Matt Anger had in mind when he said on Friday that he'd like to see his Husky men's tennis team build on the previous victory over Utah. Today, Washington dropped just one set against Arizona, winning on the outdoor Bill Quillian Stadium courts to improve to 14-7 on the year and 2-4 in Pac-12 play.
The Huskies came out and took control of the doubles point for an early 1-0 lead. Washington is 11-0 when winning the doubles point this year. Matt Stith and Marton Bots won, 8-2, at second doubles for the second straight match. Kyle McMorrow and Emmett Egger then won a back and forth No. 1 match against Sumeet Shinde and Kieren Thompson, 8-5, to clinch. Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou completed the sweep with an 8-5 win at the third spot.
"I thought today our doubles, we still made mistakes, but we were making good moves and playing with energy. I was a lot happier with how we were playing the doubles," said Anger. "I think Kyle really covered a lot of balls, and Marton and Matt, team-wise, have been our doubles leaders. They're playing real well together and did a super job."
After not dropping a game in his singles win on Friday, McMorrow again cruised in his singles match, winning the first three games to extend his games streak to 15 before Andre Vidaller held serve. McMorrow was not phased, and posted a 6-2, 6-1 win.
Manthou also rolled to a 6-1, 6-2 win at fifth singles over Sebastian Ionescu to make it 3-0, and then redshirt freshman Nicholas Kamisar clinched for the second straight match, beating Frank Chen, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 6 singles.
Freshmen Emmett Egger and Viktor Farkas each picked up their first Pac-12 singles wins. Egger overcame Mario Urquidi, 6-3, 6-4, at second singles, and Farkas fended off Thompson at the No. 4 spot, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. Completing the sweep was Bots, who for the second match in a row lost the first set, 1-6, but then rallied to win in three. Today, Bots fought back to beat Shinde, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
"For Viktor and Emmett, their first Pac-12 singles victories, which is nice," said Anger. "Kyle, counting doubles and singles, this was his best day in weeks. Hitting the ball clean, feeling better, and playing with confidence and conviction in what he was doing. Another good three-set win for Marton, and Nick clinched for us again today."
Just one regular season match remains, as the Huskies will host Oregon next Saturday, April 21, for Senior Day, with seniors Stith and Skyler Tateishi recognized before the match.
Washington Men's Tennis
No. 25 Washington 7; Arizona 0