Tanik's victory in the #4 singles capped a tense and exciting four hours in which four of the six singles matches went to a decisive third set and the last doubles match came down to a tiebreak.
Tanik looked like he would win the first set
easily when he broke Chu twice on his way to a 5-2
lead, but Chu got one break back and held for 4-5,
forcing Tanik to win the set on his own serve. He
did so, winning the set when Chu sent an errant
backhand beyond the baseline.
In the second set, Chu
and Tanik went to a tiebreak, with Tanik holding a
match point at 5-6, but Chu saved it with a service
winner to Tanik's backhand. Chu then hit a big
forehand volley winner for a set point, but Tanik
knocked that away with a forehand overhead. After
Tanik double faulted to give Chu another set point at
8-7, Chu took advantage, forcing the match to a third
set with a big service winner.
In the third set, Chu
broke Tanik in the third game and held a 3-1 lead, but
Tanik held for 2-3 and broke Chu to even the set at 3.
The two players held serve through the ninth game
with Tanik leading 5-4 and Chu serving to stay in the
match. Tanik came up big, smacking four consecutive
winners to break Chu at love and hand the Huskies a
bitter setback, only their second of the season.
Husky seniors Vlaski, Palmanshofer and Scharler
came through with wins in their singles matches.
Vlaski bested Radek Nijaki 6-4,6-2 at #1. At #3
Palmanshofer beat Jakob Paulsen 6-1,6-7(5),6-1, and
Scharler defeated Michael Innerebner 6-1,3-6,6-4 at
Unfortunately the Huskies could not come away
with a fourth singles victory. Slovic lost to Bojan
Szumanski 6-4,6-4 at #2 and Kuharszky dropped a
heartbreaking 6-4,6-7(5),7-6(3) decision to Adrian
Prpic at #6.
In doubles, Texas Tech took the first match at #3
as Paulsen and Prpic prevailed over Palmanshofer and
Ricks 8-2. However, Kuharszky and Slovic rallied from
a 3-6 deficit to beat Szumanski and Innerebner 9-7 at
#2, leaving the point up for grabs in the top doubles
match between the Huskies' Vlaski and Chu and the Red
Raiders' Nijaki and Tanik. That match went to a
tiebreak, with the Huskies holding the first match
point at 6-5 following a Vlaski ace.
The Red Raiders
came back to win the next two points and get their own
match point at 7-6 on a pair of Tanik volley winners.
After Vlaski saved that with a backhand volley, Texas
Tech had another point to win the match at 8-7 on a
forehand volley winner by Nijaki. Once again the
Huskies saved it, this time on a forehand passing shot
winner into the center of the court by Chu. Tanik gave
the Red Raiders their third match point at 9-8 with a
service winner wide to Vlaski's backhand, and with
Vlaski serving, Nijaki converted the chance, hitting a
backhand return that landed just on the line in the
deuce court alley.
#15 Washington 3, #56 Texas Tech 4
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