Men salvage split

Jean Noel Insausti made his singles debut in fine fashion, winning the decisive opint with a 6-2,6-2 triumph over Kyle Schraeder as 16th ranked Washington shut out the Eastern Washington Eagles 7-0 and helped the Huskies salvage a split of a women-men's doubleheader at the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

With the win the Huskies improved their record to 2-0.

Insausti easily took the first set, breaking Schraeder's serve three times. In the second set, Insausti broke Schraeder at love to take a 2-1 lead. After taking a 0-30 lead with a forehand return winner and a forehand volley, Schraeder committed two forehand unforced errors to give Insausti the game. After holding serve for a 3-1 advantage Insausti took command of the match with another service break. Then, serving for the match, Insausti gave the Huskies the four points needed for victory when Schraeder hit a second serve return long.

Insausti also teamed with Mike Ricks to clinch the point for Washington in doubles with an 8-2 win over Kyle Cruzat and Patrick Millican at third doubles. The Huskies spotted the Eagles a quick 2-0 lead on a break of Ricks's serve and a hold by Millican but then rallied to win eight straight games and the match and put Washington ahead 1-0.

The Husky duo of Alex Slovic and Daniel Chu disposed of Pannhara Mam and Schraeder 8-3 in the doubles match, and, following the clincher at #3, Andy Kuharszky and Andy Gerst gave Washington the doubles sweep with an 8-6 win over Jon Davis and Kevin Erickson at #2 doubles. The Eagles gave the Huskies all they could handle, saving three match points in the final game on Kuharszky's serve, before the match finally ended on a service winner.

When play shifted to singles, the Huskies went up 2-0 on a 6-0,6-0 double bagel of Millican by Daniel Chu at #3 singles. Slovic made it 3-0 Huskies with a 6-2,6-3 win over Mam in the feature singles match. After Insausti's clinching win at second singles, Kuharszky went the full three sets at fourth singles but beat Brian Garfield 6-1,4-6,6-0 and put the Huskies up 5-0. At fifth singles, Klaus Jank dropped the first set against Davis before coming back to win the match 3-6, 6-3,6-1 and give the Huskies a 6-0 lead. David Chu completed the sweep at sixth singles, storming back from an 0-4 first set deficit to prevail 7-5,6-2 over Art Karas.

Before the men took the court, the 21st ranked BYU Cougars spoiled the season opener for the 25th ranked Huskies with a 6-1 win in women's action.
The Cougars rode the momentum from winning the doubles point to win five of six singles matches. The match began on a promising note for the Huskies in doubles as their top duo of Dinka Hadzic and Victoria Brymer defeated Lauren Jones and Dolly Chang 8-3. The Huskies and Cougars split the first two games before the Huskies won five straight games, including two on service breaks, to take a 6-1 lead. BYU mounted a little rally, winning two straight games to close to 3-6, but the Huskies won the next two games to finish the match. On the final point Hadzic hit a forehand passing shot that clipped the net, and went past Chang for a winner.

The pair of Jennifer Miccoli and Anastasia Sourkova drew BYU even with an 8-2 win over Tara Simpson and Stephanie Svanfeldt at #3 singles, which left the doubles point up for grabs in the second doubles match on Court 1. The Huskies' Monika Kolbovic and Allison Rainey led 5-3, but then the BYU pair of Olga Boulytcheva and Sofia Holden rallied to win the next five games and give BYU the doubles point.

In singles four matches finished in straight sets, with three of them going into the win column for BYU. Melinda Wong registered the only point for Washington, beating Rana El Derwy 6-3,6-2 at sixth singles and give the Huskies a short-lived 1-1 tie. From that point it was all BYU. In the top singles match Boulytcheva beat Hadzic 6-2,6-3 in the top singles match to put BYU up 2-1. Then Chang beat Svanfeldt in fifth singles and Sourkova beat Brymer 7-5,6-2 in the #3 position to clinch the match for BYU.

The final two singles matches went the full three sets. At #4, Holden lost the first set against Rainey 6-3, but then came back to win the next two sets relatively easily 6-2,6-1. In the final - and perhaps best match of the day, at the #2 position, Simpson gave the Huskies some hope when she broke Jones twice in the first set to take it 6-3. However, Jones won the second set 6-3, breaking Simpson's serve three times. Then, capitalizing on numerous unforced errors by Simpson, Jones cruised to a 6-2 win in the third set.

Both the Husky men and women next return to the court against Portland. The men host the Pilots on Saturday, January 28 and the women host the Pilots on Friday, February 3. Both matches will begin at 1 p.m. Top Stories