Huskies Fall In Second Round At No. 7 Pepperdine
MALIBU, Calif. – The Husky men’s tennis team bowed out of the NCAA Championships today in the second round, unable to topple seventh-seeded Pepperdine at the Waves’ home Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center. Washington was leading or even in the final three singles matches, but Pepperdine stopped the match with a win at No. 4 singles for the 4-0 victory.
Washington defeated North Carolina State in the first round on Friday but fell to the Waves for the second time this season, completing the year at 17-9 overall. Pepperdine (25-6) moves on to the round of 16 and has won 22 matches in a row.
The Huskies fell behind after doubles, similar to Friday, but were unable to bring it back around today. Pepperdine quickly pushed the lead to 3-0 as redshirt freshman Nicholas Kamisar and freshman Emmett Egger each could not get on track today and lost in straight sets at No. 6 singles and No. 3 singles.
At No. 1 singles, 23rd-ranked Kyle McMorrow, named All-Pac-12 First Team yesterday, was even with 8th-ranked Sebastian Fanselow in the third set. McMorrow won the first set, 6-3, Fanselow took the second, 6-2, and the two were tied at 3-3 in the third set. Junior Marton Bots won the first set over 30th-ranked Finn Tearney, 6-2, and the two were playing a tiebreaker in the second set. At No. 5 singles, freshman Viktor Farkas had battled back from a 4-6 first set loss, and won the second set over Hugh Clarke, 6-2, and was up 3-1 in the third set.
But those matches were stopped when Pepperdine’s 105th-ranked Mousheg Hovhannisyan stopped sophomore Max Manthou at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-4. Manthou was up 4-3 in the second set but was unable to extend things to a third.
Washington will graduate just two players from this year’s squad, Skyler Tateishi and Matt Stith. Stith started at second doubles today with Egger, though the two did not get to finish as Pepperdine took the first and third doubles matches. So the Dawgs will bring back all six of their singles starters for 2012-13.
McMorrow will still have some big matches ahead as he will compete in the NCAA Singles Championships in Athens, Ga. starting May 23.
Washington Men’s Tennis
NCAA Championships – Second Round
Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center – Malibu, Calif.
Hosted by Pepperdine
May 12, 2012
No. 7 Pepperdine 4, No. 28 Washington 0
1) (15) Llompart/Tearney (Pep) def. McMorrow/Bots (UW), 8-2
2) Egger/Stith (UW) vs. Fanselow/Turner (Pep), 3-5, DNF
3) Sofaer/Clarke (Pep) def. Hawke/Manthou (UW), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 1
1) (23) Kyle McMorrow (UW) vs. (8) Sebastian Fanselow (Pep), 6-3, 2-6, 3-3, DNF
2) Marton Bots (UW) vs. (30) Finn Tearney (Pep), 6-2, 6-6, DNF
3) Alex Llompart (Pep) def. Emmett Egger (UW), 6-1, 6-1
4) (105) Mousheg Hovhannisyan (Pep) def. Max Manthou (UW), 6-2, 6-4
5) Viktor Farkas (UW) vs. Hugh Clarke (Pep), 4-6, 6-2, 3-1, DNF
6) Jenson Turner (Pep) def. Nicholas Kamisar (UW), 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 1, 3, 4