With the win the fourth seeded Kuharszky will face Richard Wire of Stanford in the final at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 16. The second seeded Wire reserved his spot in the final with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kiryl Harbatsiuk of Sacramento State.
Kuharszky looked like he would win against
Katsarov easily when he won the first set and held a
4-1 lead in the second, but Katsarov elevated his
play, rallying to tie the set at 4 all. Katsarov held
serve to make it 4-2, and then broke Kuharszky to make
it 4-3. In that game, at 15 all, Katsarov came up with
a pair of winners to seize two break chances at 15-40,
and got the break when Kuharszky hit an errant
In the 11th game, with the score tied at 5
on Kuharszky's serve and 15 all, Kuharszky hit a
backhand volley winner that Katsarov called out, but
the chair umpire overruled the call, saying the volley
landed on the line in the ad court. Although he
trailed 30-15 at that point, the call just seemed to
fire up Katsarov. He drilled a forehand return winner
into the deuce court on a second serve to tie the game
at 30 all. Kuharszky won the next point with a
terrific forehand stab volley winner for a 40-30 lead,
but Katsarov would not be denied. After Kuharszky
sliced a backhand into the net, Katsarov got the break
and a 6-5 lead with two backhand winners. With the way
he played in the second set, it then looked like
Katsarov would serve out the set and force a decisive
Needing to break serve just to force a tiebreak,
Kuharzsky stepped it up and came through. He not only
broke Katsarov at love, but did so with four straight
winners. On the first point, Kuharszky came up with a
forehand passing shot. He followed that with a
backhand crosscourt angle passing shot winner to go up
0-30. Katsarov looked like he would win the next
point for 15-30 when he drove Kuharszky off the court
with a an apparent volley winner, but somehow the
Husky came up with a backhand crosscourt angle passing
shot winner to take an 0-40 lead and set up three
break points. He then finished off the break and
forced the tiebreak with a forehand crosscourt passing
shot winner into the deuce court.
At that point it appeared to the fans in the
stands that Kuharszky would probably prevail in the
tiebreak. Katsarov won the first point with a forehand
volley winner, but an unforced error and three
straight winners, including two on serve, gave
Kuharszky a 4-1 lead. After a forehand winner by
Katsarov made it 4-2, two unforced errors gave
Kuharszky four match points at 6-2, and fittingly, he
closed out the match with an ace wide to Katsarov's
In the morning, Kuharszky defeated the Bears'
Pedro Zerbini 6-4, 6-4 in one quarterfinal.
Unfortunately Husky teammate Tobi Obenaus did not fare
as well, as Katsarov ended his run in the quarters
with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Other quarterfinal winners were
Wire and Harbatsiuk.
Should Kuharszky win against Wire he would then
advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships in
Columbus, Ohio from November 1-4.
A Great day for Kuharszky
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