FRESNO, Calif. (HawaiiAthletics) - The University of Hawai'i Warrior tennis team got off to a hot start with a doubles sweep but couldn't sustain the momentum in singles play. On Sunday in the final of their four-match road trip, the Warriors lost to No. 25 Washington, 6-1, at the Spalding G. Watham Tennis Center.
UH clinched the doubles point with wins at the two and one, but dropped the first four singles matches en route to falling to the Huskies. Washington had been ranked No. 14 before dropping a pair of matches last week.
Jonathan Brooklyn lost to 19th-ranked Kyle McMorrow, and Jared Spiker was beat by No. 116 Marton Bots as the Huskies took a 2-1 lead. Chas Okamoto fell to Emmett Egger at the four then UW clinched the victory when Viktor Farkas beat Nils Schuhmann on the No. 5 court.
UH was swept in every singles match until Dmytro Kovalyov engaged in an epic battle with Max Manthou. Kovalyov lost set one but rallied to push the match to a third set. Manthou got the better of Kovalyov though, winning a third-set tiebreaker to complete the singles sweep for UW.
Carter Lam and Schuhmann kicked off the match with an 8-0 blanking at the two of the Husky pair of Manthou and Hudson Barnhart. The Warriors clinched the doubles point when Brooklyn and Kovalyov downed McMorrow and Egger on the No. 1 court, 8-5.
The Warriors return home but will have little time to rest. They host Liberty on Thursday, Mar. 14 then take on Idaho one day later. Both matches are set for 2:00 p.m.