Huskies Storm Back For 6-1 Win Over Ducks In Finale
SEATTLE – After a slow start to Senior Day, the Husky men’s tennis team got rolling in singles action and thrilled the rowdiest crowd of the season with a 6-1 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the regular season finale. Seniors Matt Stith and Skyler Tateishi were saluted before the match under the sunny skies at Bill Quillian Stadium.
Washington, ranked 26th, finishes the regular season with a 15-7 record and a 3-4 mark in Pac-12 play, winning its final three at home. 68th-ranked Oregon drops to 17-6 and 2-5 in Pac-12 play. The win gives the Huskies the No. 5 seed (out of eight teams) for next week’s inaugural Pac-12 Team Championships. UW will face the eighth-seeded Arizona Wildcats in the first round this Wednesday in Ojai, California, with the winner playing the No. 4 seed in the quarterfinals.
The Huskies struggled in doubles play, dropping every match as Oregon came out aggressive and UW started tentative. But as was the case in the first meeting between the two teams in February, Washington shook off the doubles point loss and came up with the needed singles wins. In Eugene, the Huskies pulled out the 4-3 win, today they lost just one set in singles en route to a sweep of all six matches.
After the doubles point, Head Coach Matt Anger said, “I just went individually to the guys and gave them reminders about what they needed to do for their own tennis. Let’s play our best tennis, this is what we do when we’re playing our best, and we did all right with that.”
Junior Marton Bots, who had suffered from the flu earlier in the week, hadn’t looked like himself in doubles play, but the Budapest, Hungary native got his strength back in singles and got the Huskies on the board quickly with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Jeff Mullen at No. 3 singles. That made it 1-1 overall, as UW was in the process of winning all six first sets in singles.
“Today Marton felt okay, though he did struggle during the week,” said Anger. “It was a great effort by him to be there for us. He was very solid.”
At No. 1 singles, 22nd-ranked junior Kyle McMorrow was mixing it up with Oregon’s tricky No. 1, Robin Cambier. After getting broken when he served for the first set at 5-3, McMorrow broke right back to take the set, 6-4, and then pulled away game by game in the second for a 6-1 win that put UW up 2-1.
Freshman Viktor Farkas, who was the hero down at Eugene with the tiebreaking three set win, today pestered the Ducks again, topping Aaron Clissold, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles. Fellow true frosh Emmett Egger clinched things at second singles, as he held off Alex Rovello, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5). Just a few moments later, redshirt freshman Nicholas Kamisar wrapped up a 6-4, 6-4 win over Jose Izquierdo at No. 6 singles to push the lead to 5-1 thanks to UW’s trio of rookies.
Sophomore Max Manthou finished things off with a win at the four spot over Daniel Sardu. He rolled in the first set before letting the second set slip away, but Manthou quickly shifted the momentum back in the third set and ran away with it for the 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 win.
Washington Men's Tennis
April 21, 2012 - Seattle, Wash.
Bill Quillian Stadium
No. 26 Washington 6, No. 68 Oregon 1
1) Cambier/Mullen (UO) def. Egger/McMorrow (UW), 8-4
2) Izquierdo/Rovello (UO) def. Hawke/Manthou (UW), 8-4
3) Sardu/Clissold (UO) def. Bots/Stith (UW), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1) (22) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. Robin Cambier (UO), 6-4, 6-1
2) Emmett Egger (UW) def. Alex Rovello (UO), 6-3, 7-6 (5)
3) Marton Bots (UW) def. Jeff Mullen (UO), 6-1, 6-2
4) Max Manthou (UW) def. Daniel Sardu (UO), 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
5) Viktor Farkas (UW) def. Aaron Clissold (UO), 6-4, 6-4
6) Nicholas Kamisar (UW) def. Jose Izquierdo (UO), 6-4, 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 1, 5, 2, 6, 4