The Huskies rebounded from a bitter 4-3 loss to California Friday to snap a three match losing streak and record their first Pac-10 win of the season, improving to 1-3 and 13-6. Stanford dropped to 1-3 and 7-12.
With the Huskies having already secured the
four team points necessary for victory Slovic went to
a 10 point super-tiebreak instead of a third set to
decided the outcome of his hard fought match against
Bruch at the top singles position.
Bruch won the
first set, one with no service breaks, 7-6 after
winning a tiebreak 7-3. Slovic came back to win the
second 6-4, breaking serve in the ninth game and then
holding in the 10th to even the match.
super-tiebreak Slovic trailed 3-6 before winning the
next two points to cut Bruch's lead to 6-5. An
unforced error and a service winner gave Bruch the
next two points and an 8-5 lead, and it looked like
Stanford would hand the Huskies their only loss of the
day in singles. However, Slovic rallied for an 8-8
tie, winning the next three points. An errant backhand
beyond the baseline by Slovic gave Bruch a match point
at 8-9, but Bruch gave the point back with a forehand
unforced error. Slovic came up with a service winner
to gain his first match point at 10-9 and he closed
out the match with a terrific running forehand passing
With the win Slovic recorded his 91st
singles win, tying him with Jeremy Berman for fourth
place on the all-time career Washington singles win
Moments before Slovic prevailed, Daniel Chu
also came back from one set down to defeat Richard
Wire 4-6, 6-3, 1-0(9) at second singles.
needed one break of serve, in the fifth game, to win
the first set. He then put Chu in an early hole in
the second set when he broke Chu in the first game,
but Chu returned the favor for 1 all. The two traded
holds until the sixth game, when Chu broke for 4-2.
Chu held to go up 5-2 and then served out the set with
another hold in the ninth game.
Again, with the team
victory no longer in doubt, Chu and Wire went to a
super-tiebreak to settle the outcome. Chu led 3-1,
4-2 and had two match points at 9-7 but each time
Wire won two straight points to regain a tie. At 9
all Chu got a third match point with a backhand volley
winner and put Wire away when he ran down a volley in
front of the net and drilled a backhand right at Wire
that he could not handle.
Andy Kuharszky clinched the win for
Washington with a 6-3, 7-6(6) win over Blake Muller at
third singles. He broke Muller twice to open a 4-0
lead in the first set before eventually winning. In
the second set neither player could break the other's
serve so at 6 all they went to a regular seven point
tiebreak. Muller led 5-3 but lost three points in a
row to trail 6-5 and face a match point against. He
saved it when Kuharszky dumped a forehand into the
net, but Kuharszky won the next two points and the
match with a forehand approach passing shot and a
forehand drop volley.
In other singles matches the Huskies had
no problem with the Cardinal, winning each in straight
sets. At fourth singles, Patrik Fischer beat Eric
McKean 6-2, 6-1 to put the Huskies on the scoreboard
and tie the match at 1 point each. Mike Ricks made it
2-1 Washington with a 6-3, 6-2 win over David Ryan at
the sixth position, and Derek Drabble beat Kevin
Kaiser 6-3, 6-4 at five to put the Huskies up 3-1.
Stanford won the first point of the
match, winning a tightly contested doubles point to
lead 1-0. One break of serve proved the difference in
all three matches. At second doubles Wire and Paul
Morrissey broke Ricks in the 11th game to go up 6-5
and eventually win 8-6 over Fischer and Ricks. At
third doubles, Drabble and Kuharszky used a break of
McKean's serve in the 12th game to go up 7-5 and held
their own for an 8-5 win. That brought the doubles
point down to the featured match between the Huskies'
Chu and Slovic and the Cardinal's Bruch and Muller.
The 27th ranked Cardinal pair won 8-6, with a break of
Chu's serve in the seventh game proving decisive.
The Huskies return to action with a home
match against Arizona State on Friday, April 13 at
1:30 p.m. and then host Arizona in the 2007 home
finale on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m.
#33 UW 6, #60 Stanford 1
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