With the win the Huskies improved to 4-2 while Ball State dropped to 3-5.
After dropping the first set in the third
singles match 4-6, Kuharszky fell behind a break and
1-3 in the second. After that he won five straight
games, including two on service breaks, to square the
match at a set apiece and force a third set super
tiebreak, as at that point the Huskies had already
clinched the team victory.
Kuharszky got a mini-break on Berryman's
serve and a 1-0 lead when he drilled a forehand
crosscourt passing shot winner. A double fault made it
1-1, but a forehand volley into the net by Berryman
made it 2-1. The Cardinal then took his only lead of
the breaker at 3-2 when he won the next two points on
an unforced error and a service winner. Kuharszky
regained the lead at 4-3 with a service winner and a
backhand volley set up by a nice serve wide to
Berryman's forehand. A service winner off the net by
Berryman made it 4-4, but then Berryman gave Kuharszky
a lead he would not relinquish with an errant forehand
volley. Another unforced error made it 6-4. Kuharszky
then went back to his bread and butter in the second
set and tiebreak, a serve wide to Berryman's forehand
and a backhand volley winner, to go up 7-4. After an
unforced error made it 7-5, Kuharszky won the final
three points to close out the match and give the
Huskies their second consecutive sweep, following a
7-0 win over the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos on Friday,
The Huskies did not face much resistance in
the other singles matches, winning all in straight
sets. At the fifth position, Ryo Sekiguchi crushed
Jimmy Brannan 6-0, 6-1. At four, Derek Drabble beat
Jorge Rodriguez 6-4, 6-2. David Chu clinched the team
victory and improved his dual singles record for the
year to a perfect 4-0 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Shaun
Bussert at sixth singles. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan made
it 5-0 Washington with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Eduardo
Pavia at the second position.
In a fairly competitive match at the top
singles position, Patrik Fischer prevailed over Jose
Perdomo 7-5, 6-2. The two battled to a 5 all tie in
the first set. In the 11th game, Fischer got the first
service break and went up 6-5 with a little luck.
Facing break point, Perdomo hit what looked like a
routine forehand crosscourt to keep the point going
but the ball clipped the net and landed wide in the
deuce court alley. With the chance to then serve for
the set, Fischer did so easily, holding at love.
Compared to the first set, Fischer had smooth sailing
in the second, breaking Perdomo's serve twice.
The afternoon began with doubles. The Huskies
won at the third position as Chu and Martin Kildahl
easily dispatched Brannan and Bussert 8-2. It looked
like the Huskies would clinch doubles without too much
difficulty when Drabble and Kuharszky led 6-3 in the
top match, but they lost five games in a row to
succumb 8-6 and bring the doubles point down to the
second position match. Fischer and Nedunchezhiyan
battled Berryman and Pavia to an 8-8 tie, forcing a
tiebreak. The Cardinals had three match points in the
breaker, at 6-5,7-6 and 8-7, but lost them all.
Fischer saved the first with a terrific backhand
return winner and the second with a backhand volley
winner. It looked like Ball State had converted the
third and won the doubles point when Pavia put away a
forehand volley, but a stroke or two earlier the
Huskies called interference on Berryman for making a
premature victory yell before the point had ended. The
umpires conferred for 10 minutes and ultimately
determined that the interference call was legitimate,
awarding the point and an 8-8 tie to the Huskies.
Washington then won the next two points to claim the
doubles point and ride that momentum into the singles.
The Huskies return to the courts of the
Nordstrom Tennis Center and face a considerable step
up in competition when they host defending national
champion and second ranked Georgia in the first round
o the ITA National Team Indoors on Friday, February 15
at 5:30 p.m. Other teams, in order of
tournamentseed, include #1 Virginia, #3 Ohio State, #4
Baylor, #5 Mississippi, #6 USC, #7 Texas, #8 UCLA, #9
Notre Dame, #10 Alabama, #11 Illinois, #12 North Carolina, #13 Oklahoma State, #14 Boise State and #16
#38 UW 7, Ball State 0
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