Huskies Honor Senior Duo In Home Finale Saturday
THIS WEEK: The final match of the 2012 regular season comes this Saturday, as the 26th-ranked Husky men’s tennis team looks to position itself for the postseason and a potential 18th consecutive NCAA tourney bid. Northwest rival Oregon will be on hand and a lot rides on the finale. The winner of the match will earn the No. 5 seed for next week’s Pac-12 Team Championships, the first year of the team format, and will take on the No. 8 seed in the first round. Washington (14-7, 2-4 Pac-12) and Oregon (17-5, 2-4 Pac-12) already met once this season in Eugene, with the Huskies grabbing the tightly contested 4-3 victory. Saturday also marks Senior Day, and the final home match for Husky seniors Matt Stith and Skyler Tateishi, who will be honored before the match. First serve is set for 2 p.m. at the Bill Quillian Stadium.
SATURDAY, APR. 21 • BILL QUILLIAN STADIUM*
#26 Washington hosts #68 Oregon • 2:00 p.m.
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SENIOR SALUTE: This Saturday will mark the final home match for Washington’s senior duo, Matt Stith and Skyler Tateishi. Both fifth year seniors, both have come a long way with their games and been model student-athletes with consistent success in the classroom. Each have been to the NCAA tournament every year in their careers. Stith has seen the most dual match action of his career this season, playing an integral role in doubles. His previous season-high in dual match starts was five, but this season Stith has already started 17 matches, and his 14-9 overall doubles mark this year is the best on the team percentage-wise. Tateishi has battled back from a significant shoulder injury that wiped out his 2011 season right when he had been playing some of his best tennis. He returned for a fifth year and won singles matches this spring against Seattle U. and Eastern Washington, taking his career dual singles record to 5-0.
HUSKIES IN THE RANKINGS: Despite two wins last week against Utah and Arizona, the Huskies dropped one spot in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings this week, coming in at No. 26, the first time in eight weeks that they have been outside the Top-25. On March 6, the Dawgs jumped up to a season-high No. 13, then were ranked 17th over the next two weeks. The No. 13 ranking was the highest Washington has been ranked since the 2006 season, when they were 10th during the year before finishing 18th. The Dawgs began the season ranked 26th nationally after ending the 2011 season ranked 25th. In the newest individual rankings, junior Kyle McMorrow checks in at No. 22 in singles, as he has been in the Top-25 all year. He has been ranked as high as No. 9 this season, making him the fourth Husky ever to crack the Top-10 in the ITA singles rankings. In the fall preseason rankings, he checked in at No. 22. After a solid fall season with some big wins, he moved up to 15th at the start of January, then to No. 9 on Feb. 16. McMorrow joins a select group of Huskies to crack the ITA’s Top-10. Alex Vlaski reached a peak of No. 2 during the 2004 season, Robert Kendrick rose to No. 3 nationally in 1999, and Alex Slovic was ranked No. 9 in 2005. All played for current Husky Head Coach Matt Anger.
DAWG BITES: Kyle McMorrow has posted 10 ranked wins this season, including five over current top-40 players and two over No. 8 Evan King of Michigan, and five of his losses this year have come to players currently ranked in the Top-10 in the nation ... McMorrow’s career dual record is up to 53-17, a .757 winning percentage ... the Huskies are 11-0 this season when winning the doubles point but just 3-7 when they don’t grab the early 1-0 lead ... Max Manthou had a team-best seven-match win streak in singles from Feb. 12 to Mar. 23 ... Marton Bots picked up his first career ranked win on Apr. 13, with a win over 50th-ranked Slim Hamza of Utah ... Emmett Egger also has two ranked wins to his credit this year, and Max Manthou has one.
SCOUTING OREGON: The Ducks sport a 17-5 record and a 2-4 Pac-12 record with the same line of wins and losses as Washington in conference play. Oregon was swept by the four California schools, but picked up a 6-1 win against Arizona and a 4-3 win over Utah at home this past weekend. Washington and Oregon already waged a classic once this season, as the Huskies pulled out a 4-3 nailbiter in Eugene on Feb. 24. The Ducks took doubles but the Huskies came back with four wins in singles. Kyle McMorrow, Max Manthou, and Nicholas Kamisar all won in straight sets, but Oregon won three-setters at second and third singles to tie it up. Freshman Viktor Farkas earned his biggest win of the season in the decisive match, beating Daniel Sardu, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, at No. 4 singles to clinch it. Washington now owns a 16-match win streak over the Ducks.
LAST TIME OUT: Washington chalked up its first two victories in conference play this season with wins at home against Utah and Arizona. On Friday, the Utes visisted for the first time as members of the Pac-12. A young and talented squad, Utah featured three ranked players, including 50th-ranked freshman Slim Hamza. Junior Marton Bots went against Hamza at third singles, and scored a 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) victory to help UW to the 5-2 victory. The Huskies swept doubles, thanks to a five-game run from McMorrow and Egger at the No.1 spot that turned a 3-6 deficit into an 8-6 win. McMorrow then lost nary a game at No. 1 singles, beating Benito Suriano, 6-0, 6-0. Max Manthou and Nicholas Kamisar also posted straight set singles wins at fifth and sixth singles, respectively. Sunday, UW was back on the outdoor Bill Quillian Courts to face Arizona. Again UW swept doubles, and then rolled to a 7-0 sweep, losing just one set in singles. Freshmen Emmett Egger and Viktor Farkas each picked up their first Pac-12 singles wins. Egger defeated Mario Urquidi, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 singles, and Farkas topped Kieren Thompson, 7-6 (5), 6-1 at fourth singles. Once again Bots trailed early, but came back to beat Sumeet Shine, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3 singles to cap the day.
UP NEXT: The first ever Pac-12 Team Championships will take place next weekend in Ojai, California, with all eight conference teams vying for the title. The tournament runs from April 25-28, with the five through eight seeds facing off in the first round on Wednesday, the 25th. The top two seeds receive byes through to the semifinals.
HEAD COACH MATT ANGER: The turning point in modern Washington tennis came with the hiring of Matt Anger, now entering into his 18th season as head coach. Since his arrival, the Huskies have been a model of consistency, and consistently excellent at that. The winningest coach in Washington history, Anger’s teams have never once missed the NCAA Championships and have been a fixture in the Top-25 with five runs to the NCAA Round of 16 since 2000. Under Anger’s watch, Washington has posted a winning record in all of his 17 seasons, and won its first ever Pac-10 title in 2005 as Anger was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Furthermore, several of Anger’s players have seen tremendous individual success, with seven of the top eight winningest players in UW history competing during his tenure. Five different singles players have earned All-American honors under Anger, 10 different players earned year-end Top-50 rankings, and Alex Vlaski captured the 2003 ITA All-American Championships, the first national title for a Husky since 1924. In addition, Anger has guided three different players to the NCAA Singles Semifinals. Anger played collegiate tennis at USC from 1982-84 and was a three-time All-American, while leading the team to a top-five finish three consecutive years. In 1983, he was a Pac-10 singles finalist and helped lead the Trojans to a third-place NCAA finish. The next season, Anger won the Pac-10 doubles championship and helped USC win the conference team title. At the conclusion of his junior season, Anger entered the pro ranks and played on the pro tour for eight years (1984-91). He earned his highest ATP singles ranking of No. 23 in the world in 1986. Starting with the Australian Open in 1985 through Wimbledon in 1987, no American won more Grand Slam singles matches. In that span, Anger reached the round of 16 at both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon in 1986.