A capacity crowd saw the Huskies snap a three match losing streak and complete the regular season with a 14-9 record and 2-5 mark in the Pac-10. The Ducks finished 11-14 and 0-7.
Despite the Ducks' record, Husky head coach
Anger said, "Oregon played a lot better the second
half of the season, and if they had played that way
all season they would be ranked, so to get each
down the line really shows something. We've had some
tough losses lately but only one loss to a team
outside the top 25 and we're still in the game,
ready to make a run at the NCAAs."
Although the Huskies got the sweep, it looked
like the Ducks would spoil Senior Day for Kuharszky,
as Geoff Embry and Romeo Mortera beat him and Derek
Drabble 8-6 at second doubles. His match against
Alex Cornelissen at third singles did not start out well
either as he dropped the first set 6-4. The key to
the first set was when Cornelissen broke Kuharszky's
serve in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Kuharszky
himself did not get a chance to break serve in the
set. In fact, the closest he came to a break chance
was in the second game when a double fault and a
winning backhand volley gave him a 0-30 advantage,
but Cornelissen won the next four points to hold serve.
Not much separated the two in the second set.
Both players held serve to a 4-4 tie. Kuharszky
to fare a little better against Cornelissen's serve,
particularly in the eighth game. Remarkably, prior
to the eighth game, no game in the match had
to deuce. Kuharszky took Cornelissen to three
but each time, Cornelissen got a game point and
finally converted the third with a forehand
crosscourt approach winner to make it 4 all.
next game Kuharszky held serve to go up and 5-4, and
then won the set 6-4 when he finally broke serve.
He had three set points at 0-40 and converted the first
one when Cornelissen hit an errant forehand beyond
Once the match went to the third set it was
Kuharszky. He held serve three times while breaking
twice to take a 5-0 lead, and at that point, with
outcome of the match no longer in doubt, the only
question was if Kuharszky could get the third set
6-0 bagel. He got to 30 all at Cornelissen's serve in the
sixth game but a terrific backhand stab volley and a
mis-hit forehand error got the Duck on the board at
1-5. Kuharszky then looked like he would have to
wait a game or two longer for victory when he fell behind
0-30 on his serve in the seventh game, but he came
back to win the next four points and the match. On
match point he came up with a winning backhand volley
off a terrific serve to Cornelissen's backhand. He
raised his arms in triumph, while an appreciative
crowd gave him a standing ovation.
The win gave
Kuharszky 86 career singles victories and moved him
into a tie with Eric Drew (1996-1999) for sixth on the
all-time Husky singles victory list.
Of Kuharszky, Anger said, "Andy had defeated
the Oregon player a couple times but I'm not surprised
the gave him a tough match. Andy probably had other
on his mind, and Cornelissen came out inspired. But
I'm very happy he fought back and got the win in
front of the fans."
Moments after Kuharszky gave the Huskies a 5-0
lead in the team match, David Chu made it 6-0 with a
6-3, 7-6(1) triumph over Mortera at fifth singles.
Patrik Fischer completed the Husky sweep with a
three set, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 win over Marcos Verdasco at #1.
Earlier the Huskies won a closely contested
doubles point with wins at #1 and #3. The top duo of
Fischer and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan beat Verdasco and
Cornelissen 8-3. After Oregon prevailed at #2,
Kildahl and Tobi Obenaus clinched the point for the
Huskies with an 8-6 win over Francisco Gallardo and
Stephen Wiechert at #3.
In singles, Kildahl made it 2-0 Huskies with a
6-4, 6-4 win over Mike Myrhed at 6. Nedunchezhiyan
made it 3-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Gallardo at 2.
Drabble clinched the match and earned the
all-important fourth point with a 6-4, 6-2 win over
Embry at 4.
The Huskies next travel to Ojai, California
the Pac-10 championships, which determine the
and doubles champions, from Thursday, April 24
Sunday, April 27. Then on Tuesday, April 29, they
find out their destination for the 64 team NCAA
tournament, which begins at campus sites the weekend
of May 10-11.
UW 7, Oregon 0
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