Washington Off To Strong Start At PNW Intercollegiates
Nov. 2, 2012
SEATTLE -- The Dawgs got off to a great start at the PNW Intercollegiates on Friday from the Nordstrom Tennis Center. Washington had great play throughout the day against schools from around the Northwest in both singles and doubles.
In singles play, seven of eight Huskies won their first-round match and Emmett Egger also advanced with a bye. From there, five more made it through to the second round.
In the Pacific draw, Viktor Farkas, Nicholas Kamisar, Marton Bots and Max Manthou each advanced with convincing, straight set victories. In all, the Dawgs lost just 16 of 64 games played in those four matches.
The Dawgs continued to play well in round two. First, Egger dominated his match, winning 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the quarterfinals. Martin Bots needed three sets to knock off Oliver Jamin of Gonzaga, but he came through with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 victory. Finally, Max Manthou avenged a loss against Ratan Gill of Portland from his freshman season, winning 7-5, 6-2.
A pair of Dawgs came up short in the second round as Kamisar saw his run end at the hands of fifth-seeded Stefan Micov of Portland, losing 6-4, 6-2. In addition, Farkas lost an early lead, falling 6-7 (6), 7-6 (2), 6-2 to fourth-seeded Alavaro Nazal of Gonzaga.
In the Northwest draw, Washington won three of four first-round matches, as Rishabh Raman, Jeff Hawke and Nico Lunardi had straight set victories. Raman and Hawke cruised to their wins, while Lunardi had to battle and win a second-set tiebreak by a score of 8-6 to advance. Dragos Puscalau was the lone Dawg to be eliminated in the first round, falling to a tough opponent from Oregon, 6-1, 6-2.
In the second round, Jeff Hawke dominated Pablo Mosquera of Gonzaga, winning 6-4-2.
On the losing end was Raman who fell to Paxton Duel of Portland, 6-1, 6-4. Also, Lunardi who lost to second seeded Alex Ferrero of Portland, 6-1 7-6 (5).
In doubles, Washington won a pair of matches in the Pacific draw. The team of Farkas and Hawke easily dispensed of a team from Portland State, 8-3, while Egger and Manthou defeated Bendeck and Torres of Idaho, 9-7.
In the Northwest draw, Lunardi and Raman were eliminated by Chin and Schaeffer of Oregon in a tough back-and-forth match, 9-7. The team of Bots and Kamisar is still alive in that draw as the top seed after earning a bye through the first round.
Washington will be back in action in Saturday for the continuation of the PNW Intercollegiates. Several Dawgs will continue play in the singles tournament with both the quarterfinals and semifinals contested.
Washington Men's Tennis