Huskies Down Dons

Freshman Andy Kuharszky defeated Fernando Rodriguez 6-3,6-1 to clinch the match as the 21st ranked Husky men's tennis team rolled to a 7-0 sweepof the San Francisco Dons at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

Kuharszky also teamed with Michael Ricks to pull out a come from behind 9-8 (7-4) victory in doubles as the Huskies did not drop a set to the Dons in any match.

When their match at #4 singles began it appeared as if Kuharszky and Rodriguez would have quite a duel as both held serve to 3-3 in the first set. However, Kuharszky held easily at love for a 4-3 lead, and proceeded to break Rodriguez at love for a 5-3 lead, as Rodriguez committed four unforced errors, including a double fault on the final point of the game. Kuharszky then held serve to take the set 6-3.

He rode the momentum from the first set into the second, taking a 3-0 lead as he broke Rodriguez's server twice. Ironically, Rodriguez finally won a game on Kuharszky's serve, to make it 3-1. After losing a break point on his own errant backhand and a terrific forehand passing shot on the run by Kuharszky into the ad court, the Don won the next two points on cross-court passing shots, the first one on a backhand and the second on a forehand. From that point it was all Kuharszky, as he won the next three games, and 11 of 14 points, to close out the match.

In doubles, the top pair of Alex Vlaski and Christoph Palmanshofer and the #2 duo of Daniel Chu and Peter Scharler clinched the point for the Huskies by identical 8-3 scores. In #3 doubles, Kuharszky and Ricks fell behind Falko Huettenberger and Rafael Corraza 5-7 before rallying to take the next three games for an 8-7 lead and eventually winning 7-4 in a tiebreak.

A critical point in the match occurred in the 11th game as Ricks served at 4-6 and faced three break points at 0-40. The Huskies managed to tie the game at deuce on a service winner by Ricks, a backhand volley winner by Kuharszky and an errant forehand by Corraza.

In the tiebreak, after falling behind 3-4, the Huskies took the next four points, on a trio of volley winners, two by Kuharszky and one by Ricks, and an errant forehand volley by Huettenberger, to close out the match and give the Huskies a sweep in doubles.

In other singles action, Chu defeated Andrew Hogan at the #2 position 6-2,6-0 to put the Huskies up 2-0.

Alex Vlaski followed with a 6-2,6-2 win over Timo Kienle in the top singles match. After Kuharszky's clincher, Palmanshofer defeated Huettenberger 6-2,6-3 at #3 and Chris Floyd beat Andrew Bertolina 6-2,6-1 at #6 singles. Scharler finished the sweep for the Huskies with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Corraza in the #5 position.

After defeating Portland and San Francisco, the Huskies have a 2-0 record on the young season. They next host New Mexico on Friday, January 28, in the nightcap of a women's-men's doubleheader at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The 10th ranked women host Boise State at noon, with the men to follow at 4 p.m. Top Stories