Manthou Gets First Ranked Win At Regionals
Oct. 22, 2011
SEATTLE - Former four-time Washington state singles champion Max Manthou had one of the best wins of his young college career today, as he took out Stanford's 64th-ranked Denis Lin to reach the round of 16 at ITA Northwest Regionals. Washington is hosting the tournament this weekend at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.
Manthou, a Tacoma native, was 9-5 during his freshman season but is expected to see much more playing time this year. He helped that cause today with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Lin, who as the No. 5 overall seed is the highest seeded player knocked out thus far. It's Manthou's first win over a ranked opponent. Next he will play Oregon's top returning singles player, Alex Rovello.
Also rolling into the round of 16 was junior Kyle McMorrow, the second seed, who lost just two games in defeating Oregon's Jose Izqierdo, 6-1, 6-1. The third Husky to advance to the round of 16 was freshman Emmett Egger, who topped Gonzaga's Levin Guillermo, 7-5, 6-3 this evening.
Junior Marton Bots was knocked out by ninth-seeded Kyle Dandan by a 6-3, 6-2 count. After playing past midnight to win a third-set tiebreak, senior Matt Stith was unable to overcome seventh-seeded Ben McLachlan of Cal today, falling 6-1, 6-3. Then in the night's final match, redshirt freshman Nicholas Kamisar pushed ninth-seeded Maxime Olivan of St. Mary's into a third set, blanking Olivan in the second set, 6-0. But Olivan bounced back to take the match, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.
Doubles play began this morning, with a couple Huskies teaming up for the first time. Kamisar and Stith had an 8-3 first round win over Portland State's Chart and Sullivan. In the second round they led Benkirane and Hamdy of St. Mary's, 7-4, before the Gaels duo won four straight games for an 8-7 lead. Stith and Kamisar broke serve to get back even and force a tiebreak, and then took the breaker, 7-3. Freshman Jeff Hawke and Manthou had a walkover in the first round before falling to the five-seeds, Dandan and Pham of Santa Clara, 8-3.
Regionals continue through Tuesday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, with the winners in singles and doubles earning an automatic bid to the ITA National indoor Championships next month in New York.
Washington Men's Tennis
Singles - Round of 32
Doubles - Round of 64
Doubles - Round of 32