Re: 2011 Regular Season - #32 Miss. State def. #4 Tennessee 6-1! #1 UVA d. #10 Duke,
No. 9 Stanford 4, No. 22 Washington 3
It surprisingly came down to the doubles, though Stanford clinched at 4-1. Good wins for UW anyway at #2, 5 and 6 singles.
1) (4) Klahn/Thacher (Stan) def. (31) McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 8-4
2) Lin/Kandath (Stan) def. (69) Kildahl/Obenaus (UW), 8-6
3) Bots/Schmidt (UW) def. (67) Kelly/Clayton (Stan), 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
The doubles point loss was a heartbreaker as Stanford got the late break in a very tight #2 doubles match. #1 doubles was fun to watch and Klahn/Thatcher definitely had great communication and volleys.
Singles (Order of finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5)
1) (11) Bradley Klahn (Stan) def. (74) Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW), 6-4, 6-2
Jeevan was just outclassed. He usually plays with good variety but he was throwing the kitchen sink out (more drop shots than usual at least). I didn't see too much of the second set but Jeevan's forehands were being returned with interest. I guess Bradley Klahn is back on the right track?
2) (68) Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. (32) Ryan Thacher (Stan), 6-3, 6-4
Ryan Thacher looked off. Kyle McMorrow was just more solid and played very smart. He really does a nice job being patient and sometimes he sliced Thacher to death. One of the fans joked that he had been taking lessons from "Smiley", one of our UW women's team members who is pretty famous for grinding it out.
3) (60) Alex Clayton (Stan) def. (85) Martin Kildahl (UW), 6-4, 6-3
Alex Clayton's forehand is pretty big and took advantage of Kildahl's not so consistent backhand. Kildahl slices a lot (and not in a good way) and probably too much, though his two-hander is not the best. I guess this might have just been a bad match-up for Martin, who is only ranked so high after beating Sanam Singh of UVA and pretty much overpowered Singh.
4) Denis Lin (Stan) def. Daniel Schmidt (UW), 6-3, 6-4
Lin was already up a break in the second set before I saw the end of this match. It looked pretty tight.
5) Tobi Obenaus (UW) def. Greg Hirshman (Stan), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
Hirshman appeared to take an injury time out sometime in the first set. I was too far away to see. Second set Obenaus let Hirshman back in. Tiebreak was pretty tight. Obenaus didn't let a netcord/fall (he fell when he was going for a volley off a shot that hit the net) and whatever Hirshman said afterwards (I didn't hear it) get to him. Even his teammates (I was standing right by them) said it was a douche move. Anyway, nice win for Obenaus, one of my favorites.
6) Marton Bots (UW) def. Matt Kandath (Stan), 7-6 (3), 6-3
Didn't see much of this match. Kandath was really talking to himself and frustrated. Just too many mistakes by Kandath. Bradley Klahn was trying to talk him up towards the end. I was kind of distracted by trying to eavesdrop on the Stanford team that was seated on the benches right by me.
Last edited by darklucia; 04-09-2011 at 02:57 AM.