With the win the Huskies avenged a bitter 4-3 loss to the Ducks in Eugene on February 29 and improved to 14-8 overall and 4-3 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks dropped to 9-10 and finished 1-6 in conference.
After Chu and Bieri split the first two sets, Chu took a 2-1 lead in the third, with Bieri on serve to tie the set, but Bieri committed four unforced errors, including a double fault, to give Chu the break and a 3-1 advantage. Chu then led 5-2, with Bieri serving to stay in the match. Down 15-30, Bieri fell behind 15-40 and faced two match points when Chu drilled a backhand return winner on a serve that could have been called a fault. Bieri saved one match point when Chu hit a backhand wide, but then gave the match to Chu with a double fault.
The trio of ninth ranked Alex Vlaski, #42 Alex Slovic and Peter Scharler, who came into the match with a combined 49-9 record for the Huskies, finished with victories, but each had to battle in the second set after easily winning the first.
In the top match, Vlaski broke Manuel Kost twice en route to an easy 6-1 first set win, and in the second, he broke Kost in the fifth game and had a chance to serve for the match at 5-4. Vlaski had a match point at 40-30 but double faulted back to deuce. Then he gave Kost a break point with an errant forehand into the net, and Kost cashed it in with a backhand volley winner.
The two players traded breaks in games 11 and 12 for a 6-6 tie and decided the set in a tiebreak. Kost led 5-3 in the tiebreak, but Vlaski won the next three points for a 6-5 lead and his second match point. Kost saved it with a service winner and set up his first set point at 7-6 with an overhead forehand winner, but Vlaski battled back to take the next two points with crosscourt forehand winners for an 8-7 lead and his third match point.
The match finally ended with Vlaski taking the tiebreak 9-7 and the set 7-6, when Kost double faulted.
The victory by Vlaski gave the Huskies a 3-1 lead in the match, and moments later, Scharler gave the Huskies their fourth and clinching point with a 6-3, 7-6(5) triumph over Arron Spencer in the #5 position. At #2 singles, Slovic easily took the first set against 35th ranked Sven Swinnen 6-1, and then took a hard fought second set 7-5. Chris Floyd got the Huskies on the board and tied the match at one point apiece with a 6-3,6-2 win over Chris King in #6 singles. Christoph Palmanshofer then put the Huskies up 2-1 when he defeated Markus Schiller at the #4 position 6-1,6-3.
In doubles, Spencer and Swinnen upset the 43rd ranked pair of Chu and Vlaski 8-2 in the #1 position. They broke Chu and Vlaski three times to take a 5-0 lead. In the sixth game, Spencer held at love for a 6-0 lead, punctuating the game with the shot of the day, a terrific backhand drop shot which had enough backspin on it that it dropped on the Huskies' side of the net and then bounced back over to the Ducks' side before Chu could get to the ball.
Chu and Vlaski finally got on the board in the seventh game after fighting through three deuces and 12 points. After Swinnen gave Oregon a 7-1 lead with a hold, Vlaski held at love for 2-7, but then Spencer held to close out the match, finishing with a service winner and an ace. Palmanshofer and Scharler got the Huskies even in doubles with an 8-6 win over Bieri and King in the #3 position, which meant that the doubles point would come down to the match at the #2 position, between the Ducks' Kost and Schiller, and the Huskies' Slovic and senior Nick Weiss, playing his final home match.
No breaks of serve occurred in the match, and it ultimately went to a tiebreak. The tiebreak initially followed the pattern of the games, as each player held serve through the first five points. The Ducks finally got a mini-break and took a 4-2 lead when Slovic netted a forehand volley, but the Huskies got the mini-break back in the eighth point for a 4-4 tie when Schiller double faulted. The Ducks then came back to take a 6-4 lead and two match points when Kost struck a forehand volley winner and Slovic double faulted. Weiss saved the first match point with a forehand volley winner, but the Ducks converted the second one when a forehand return by Weiss on Kost's serve sailed long.
With the regular season complete, both the Huskies and Ducks will compete in the individual Pac-10 championships in Ojai, California from Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25, and then await word on berths in the upcoming NCAA tournament beginning on May 14.
Washington 6, Oregon 1 in Men's Tennis
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