#38 UW 7, Ball State 0

Andy Kuharszky rallied from a one set, 1-3 deficit to beat Bret Berryman in a third set super-tiebreak and give 38th ranked Washington a 7-0 sweep over the Ball State Cardinals in men's action act the Nordstrom Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.

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, February 8.

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 Penn State.

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