Six Husky Men Reach Third Round At ITA Regionals
Oct. 18, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - After one day of play at the ITA West-North Regional Championships, thirty-two singles players remain, and six of them are Washington Huskies as the men's tennis team turned in a stellar showing at the tournament hosted by Cal at the Hellman Tennis Complex.
The five-day tournament features many of the top players on the west coast, including representatives from Stanford, California, and Oregon. The singles finalists and doubles champions earn automatic entry into the ITA National Indoor Championships, held in November.
With 120 singles players entered, the field was trimmed to 32 with two rounds of play Friday. Six Huskies won their first round matches, and two more received a first round bye, with Washington then compiling a 6-2 record in the second round, matching the host Golden Bears for the most players still alive in the third round.
Third-seeded senior Patrik Fischer did not drop a game in his second round win over Michael Carreno of USF, advancing 6-0, 6-0. Sophomore Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, the No. 6 seed, also won easily after a first round bye, ousting Cal's Andy Chirita, 6-3, 6-2 in the second round.
After the top sixteen seeds, an additional sixteen players were given identical No. 17 seedings. Senior David Chu and junior Derek Drabble, both No. 17 seeds, each won twice on Friday to reach the third round. Chu had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Nevada's Alex Daruty to start the day, then had his next match cut short as Stanford's Jamie Hutter retired with Chu leading 4-2 in the first set. Drabble won both his matches in straight sets, the second coming against Gabe Kanzelmeyer of Nevada, 6-2, 6-3.
While the four seeded Huskies held serve, sophomores Martin Kildahl and Alex Rosinski each registered second round upsets to reach round three. Kildahl, who ended the 2008 season with six straight wins at No. 6 singles, knocked off one of the No. 17 seeds--Oregon's Ayrton Wibowo--in three sets. Kildahl opened and closed the match with 6-1 set wins, sandwiched around a 4-6 second set slip.
Rosinski was the day's most pleasant surprise. He defeated St. Mary's Matt Welty, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, in the first round, then held a 7-6, 4-0 lead over 17th-seeded Asaf Cohen of USF when Cohen was forced to retire. All in all, it was perhaps the most successful day in the sophomore's career to this point.
Third round singles and the first two rounds of doubles take place Saturday.
Washington Men's Tennis
Singles - First Round
Singles - Second Round