The Huskies won the doubles point and prevailed in five of six singles matches as they improved to 9-2 for the season. In the top doubles match the duo of Alex Vlaski and Daniel Chu broke Chad Wilson all three times he served en route to an 8-4 victory over Wilson and Arron Spencer. The first break came in the fourth game and got the Huskies even at 2 after the Ducks had just broken Chu to take a 2-1 lead. The second break gave the Huskies a lead they would not relinquish at 5-3 after Chu held to put them up 4-3.
break gave the Huskies the match. In that game Spencer
committed a pair of unforced errors and Chu hit a
sizzling backhand return winner to give the Huskies
three match points at 0-40, and Chu secured the win
with a perfectly placed backhand return between
Spencer and Wilson.
At #2 doubles Andy Kuharszky and Alex Slovic
broke serve in the 10th game and proceeded to beat
Thomas Bieri and Vladimir Pino 8-5 to clinch the
doubles point for Washington. Unfortunately Christoph
Palmanshofer and Michael Ricks could not complete the
sweep for the Huskies as they suffered a 9-7 loss to
Chris Liao and Sven Swinnen at #3. The Huskies and
Ducks battled to a 7-7 tie before the Ducks broke
Ricks in the 15th game to take an 8-7 lead. Then Liao
served to close out the match.
When play shifted to singles the Huskies
dominated. Peter Scharler put Washington ahead 2-0
with an easy 6-2,6-0 win over Wilson at #6. Chu made
it 3-0 Huskies with a 6-1,6-3 defeat of Spencer at #4
and Kuharszky won the clincher at #5, defeating Pino
6-3,6-2. Slovic beat Bieri 6-3,6-1 at #3 to make it
5-0 Huskies and leave it up to Palmanshofer and Vlaski
in the top two singles matches to shut out the Ducks
and give the Huskies a sweep.
Palmanshofer did his
part, beating Manuel Kost 6-3,7-6(2) in #2 singles.
Palmanshofer got a break in the fourth game of the
first set and a 3-1 lead when Kost double faulted and
that turned out to be the difference in the set. In
the second set both Kost and Palmanshofer dominated on
serve, forcing the set to a tiebreak. At one point the
two combined to win 22 consecutive points before
Palmanshofer hit a terrific running crosscourt
forehand winner in the 11th game. That seemed to give
Palmanshofer a lift as he won the next two points and
actually had a chance to break for a 6-5 lead and
serve for the match, but Kost saved the break chance
with a service winner.
After an unforced error gave
Palmanshofer another break chance Kost proceeded to
win the next three points and go up 6-5 himself with a
pair of aces and a forehand winner off a big serve.
In the tiebreak, after Kost won the first point with a
forehand approach, Palmanshofer won the next six
points, including one on a code violation against Kost
for ball abuse, and had five match points. Kost made
it 6-2 with a forehand approach winner but then he
gave Palmanshofer the match with a forehand into the
That left only Vlaski for the Huskies and
Swinnen for the Ducks on court in the top singles
match. Vlaski overcame a 1-4 deficit to take the
first set 6-4, but Swinnen came back to win the second
6-4, punctuating the set with a break of Vlaski at
In the third, the two players dominated
serve through the seventh game with Swinnen holding a
4-3 lead. Then in the eighth game, two unforced
errors by Vlaski and two big forehand winners by
Swinnen gave the Duck the break and a 5-3 lead, and he
had a chance to serve out the match and salvage some
pride for the Ducks. He took a 30-0 lead with a
service winner and an ace. Vlaski got a point back
with a backhand return crosscourt winner but Swinnen
finished the match with a forehand volley winner and a
forehand down the line in the ad court.
With the setback Vlaski suffered his first singles
loss in dual matches after starting the season 7-0.
The Huskies hit the road for the first time in
2005 when they visit San Diego State on Sunday, March
6 and the University of San Diego on Monday, March 7.
#15 UW 6, #48 Oregon 1
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