Huskies Win Inaugural Pac-12 Team Tourney Match
April 25, 2012
OJAI, Calif. - In the first match of the inaugural Pac-12 Men's Tennis Team Championships, the fifth-seeded Huskies made quick work of eighth-seeded Arizona, earning a 4-0 victory at Libbey Park this afternoon. Washington (16-7) moves on to face fourth-seeded California tomorrow at 11 a.m.
Historically a singles and doubles championship, the Pac-12 made the switch over to the team tourney this year on the men's side. The Huskies and Wildcats were the first match up this morning. Top-seeded UCLA and No. 2 USC each receive byes to the semifinals, while California and third-seed Stanford had byes today, with Stanford set to play the winner of today's Oregon and Utah match on Thursday.
Head Coach Matt Anger made some tweaks to the doubles lineup today and the moves resulted in a doubles point win and the early 1-0 lead. Juniors Kyle McMorrow and Marton Bots teamed up at No. 1 doubles and earned an 8-3 win over Ionescu and Shinde of Arizona. Emmett Egger moved to the No. 2 doubles spot to team with Matt Stith, and they notched an 8-2 win over Vidaller and Urquidi. Arizona's Chen and Bermudez were 8-3 winners at No. 3 over Max Manthou and Jeff Hawke.
"I thought I might be crazy to change the doubles lineups this late in the season, but we kept struggling to the point where I felt I was crazy if I didn't," said Anger. "We hit refresh and the guys did a pretty good job working well together. It wasn't perfect but we were able to get the doubles point which was nice."
Another shift in the lineup came in singles, where Bots stepped up to the No. 2 singles spot, and today was the first to finish his match, cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mario Urquidi. 22nd-ranked Kyle McMorrow then put the Dawgs up 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Andre Vidaller at the No. 1 spot. McMorrow improves to 16-6 at No.1 singles this year and now has 75 career singles wins.
Egger provided the clincher for the Dawgs, stopping Sumeet Shinde at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-4. At the time the match was halted, Manthou was just a game away from victory at fourth singles, leading Carlos Bermudez, 6-3, 5-2. Freshman Viktor Farkas was also up a set at No. 5 singles, and Nicholas Kamisar had dropped his first set in a tiebreak at the No. 6 spot.
"It was nice to finish off the matches efficiently, get a match under our belts, and have everybody feel good at Ojai," said Anger. "The best part of the day for us was just how we came out in singles, and how quickly we were sharp and taking advantage of some early break opportunities."
The Huskies, ranked 26th, will now look to score the upset on Thursday against the 14th-ranked Golden Bears, who won the regular season meeting between the two teams in Berkeley.
Washington Men's Tennis
(5) Washington 4, (8) Arizona 0