Bears Barely Edge Huskies In Pac-12 Tourney
April 26, 2012
OJAI, Calif. - In a rain delayed match that proved worth waiting for, the 26th-ranked Husky men's tennis team just missed out on an upset tonight in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 Team Championships, as 14th-ranked California squeaked out the 4-3 victory at Libbey Park. The fifth-seeded Huskies (15-8) made significant strides from the previous meeting with the fourth-seeded Bears, which ended in a 7-0 loss in Berkeley, and UW will take some positives away from this match as it looks ahead to the NCAA Championships.
The match was decided at No. 1 singles, and UW would not have had any other player fighting for the match than junior Kyle McMorrow, but today he was just a few games short, as 44th-ranked Ben McLachlan claimed the 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3 victory.
Junior Marton Bots picked up his second huge ranked victory in just the past couple weeks, as he upset 56th-ranked Nick Andrews at No. 2 singles, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4. And freshman Emmett Egger notched his fourth consecutive victory, stopping Gregory Bayane in three sets at No. 3 singles by a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 count.
Tight matches continued down through the rest of the lineup, with redshirt freshman Nicholas Kamisar providing the third Husky point with a 6-4, 7-5 victory at the No. 6 spot over Chase Melton. But Cal got a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win at No. 4 from Christoffer Konigsfeldt over sophomore Max Manthou, and at No. 5 singles, Riki McLachlan took two close sets over freshman Viktor Farkas, 7-5, 6-4.
Washington's revamped doubles lineup had provided the doubles point yesterday over Arizona, but Cal provided a big challenge with highly ranked teams that have played together all season. The fifth-ranked duo of Andrews and Konigsfeldt topped McMorrow and Bots, 8-5, at the No. 1 spot to clinch the point. Egger and senior Matt Stith had dropped an 8-3 match to 56th-ranked Cueto and McLachlan at No. 2. Manthou and Jeff Hawke were leading, 7-4, at No. 3 doubles when the point was clinched and the match halted.
Cal moves on to face top-seeded UCLA in the semifinals. The Huskies now will return home and wait for NCAA selections on Tuesday, May 1. If chosen, as expected, it would be UW's 18th straight NCAA tourney bid.
Washington Men's Tennis
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