#14 UW 7, Oregon 0

Washington's 18th ranked men's tennis team moved a step closer to securing a share of its second consecutive Pac-10 title with a 7-0 sweep of the Oregon Ducks at Quillian Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The Huskies improved to 18-4 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-10 and currently trail co-leaders UCLA and Stanford, both 6-1, by a half match. The Bruins secured their share of the Pac-10 title with a 4-3 win at USC on Friday while the Cardinal claimed its share of the conference crown with a 5-2 win at California on Saturday.

The Huskies face Cal on Wednesday, April 26 at 11 a.m. in Ojai, California in the makeup of a postponed match. Should they win the Huskies will claim their share of the title.

Of the match against Cal, head coach Matt Anger said, "Cal is a very strong, experienced team, (especially) at the top of the lineup. (Top singles player and third ranked) Conor Niland is playing as well as anyone in the country and has not lost (19-0) this season. Lennart Maack and Tyler Browne are very solid as well. It should be a great match."

In Saturday's home finale before an unusually large crowd due to the annual UW Spring Fling, Pierre Metenier punctuated the sweep and his final home match as a Husky with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Thomas Bieri at second singles. After he won the first set, Metenier and Bieri played a tight second set, dueling to 5 all. Metenier had two chances to break Bieri for a 6-5 lead, and after giving up one with a forehand unforced error, converted the second on a volley error by Bieri. He then held serve easily to close out the match.

In the top singles match 32nd ranked Alex Slovic prevailed over 76th ranked Markus Shiller in straight sets. Slovic won the first 6-3. The key to winning the set came in the sixth game when Slovic broke Shiller's serve. In the second set Slovic fell behind 1-4 but rallied to win the next five games and the match.

At third singles, Jean Noel Insausti, who won Pac-10 player of the week for April 10-16 and became the first Husky to ever receive the honor, easily beat Mike Myrrhed 6-4, 6-0 in his final home match. Despite already leading 5-0 and serving for the second set bagel, one of his teammates still urged him on, saying it was, "time to hit some lasers."

On the first point Insausti promptly smacked a forehand winner into the deuce court and cracked a smile at his teammate. After an unforced error made it 15 all, he drilled a backhand winner into the deuce court for 30-15. A Myrrhed unforced error made it 40-15, and then Insausti finished the match with a second serve ace.

At fourth and fifth singles, respectively, Andy Kuharszky and Daniel Chu came up with straight set wins. Kuharszky beat Gustavo Loza 6-1, 6-2 and Chu prevailed over Eric Pickard 6-3, 6-2. Klaus Jank also won at sixth singles, beating Vladimir Pino 6-3,6-1.

After getting swept by both USC and UCLA and doubles the previous weekend, the Huskies came out on Saturday and did the same to the Ducks.

"The last couple matches, we did not start well in doubles. Today we started better. Early breaks got us going," Anger said.

In the top match Chu and Slovic broke Bieri and Pino in three of five service games en route to an easy 8-2 win. At the third position, Insausti and Mike Ricks beat Myrrhed and Pickard 8-2, and at second doubles, Jank and Kuharszky capitalized on a pair of double faults in the 11th game to get a crucial break and beat Pino and Shiller 8-6.

After the Huskies' dual finale against the Bears, they return to the courts the next day, Thursday, April 27, to begin the individual Pac-10 Championships. The competition runs through Sunday, April 30. Then on Wednesday, May 3 the Huskies find out where they will play the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament.

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