Huskies Debut In Full At ITA Regionals
Oct. 18, 2012
SEATTLE - The fall tennis season hits full swing this weekend as the UW men make their first trip as a full squad, heading down to Moraga, Calif. for the ITA Northwest Regionals, hosted this weekend by St. Mary's. Seven Huskies will be hitting the courts for the first time this fall, while three Dawgs will be getting their feet wet in collegiate play for the first time.
Held at the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex from Friday through next Tuesday, the tourney is one of twelve Regional events around the country this month. Regionals are the most all-inclusive event on the ITA's fall calendar, with schools typically entering the majority of their rosters in singles and doubles action. The Northwest Region includes schools in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California, including Pac-12 rivals California, Stanford, and Oregon.
There are a total of 10 nationally ranked singles players amongst the field. The singles and doubles winners will advance on to the ITA National Indoor Championships held next month in Flushing Meadows, New York.
The Huskies feature three of the top-six seeded players in this tournament, led by senior Kyle McMorrow who is the No. 1 overall seed and is ranked 13th nationally. Senior Marton Bots is the No. 4 seed in the draw, which features more than 100 singles players, and sophomore Emmett Egger is the No. 6 seed. Sophomore Viktor Farkas also is one of 16 players to get a No. 17-seed, equivalent to being ranked 17-32 in the draw.
McMorrow, Egger, and Bots all opened their seasons two weeks back at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla. McMorrow made the second round of the main draw while Bots and Egger won their qualifying openers before dropping their second matches.
Doubles combos feature McMorrow and Bots as the No. 3 seeds, and Egger, junior Max Manthou as the No. 8 seeds, and Farkas and sophomore Jeff Hawke are seeded No. 9. Also in the doubles mix are the freshman pair of Lunardi and Raman, and Puscalau and sophomore Nicholas Kamisar.