Murakami Upends #7 Seed before Losing in Quarterfinals at Northwest Regional

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

WALLA WALLA, WASH. -- Willamette University tennis player Andrew Murakami (Sr., Wahiawa, HI/University of Redlands) rallied in the third set to force a tie-breaker, then rallied in the tie-breaker as well, to defeat #7-seeded Kyle Anderson of Linfield College in the Round of 16 at the Wilson/ITA Small College Northwest Regional Men's Tennis Championship on Sunday, Oct. 5. Murakami fell to #4-seeded Etienne Moshevich from host Whitman College in the quarterfinals.

Murakami edged past Anderson, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4). He was on the verge of losing the third set before he battled back and won the match.

"He was down 4-2 and then 5-3 in the third set, and he saved two match points," said Toby Krauel, WU men's tennis coach. "He trailed 4-2 in the tie-breaker. It was just amazing."

One of the two match points for Anderson involved a lob that went above Murakami's reach. Even so, Murakami was able to track down the ball, get a good return and eventually win the point. After trailing in the tie-breaker, he claimed five consecutive points to end the match.

Six Whitman players plus Murakami and one player from Whitworth University reached the quarterfinals. Moshevich defeated Murakami, 6-0, 6-2.

In the doubles Round of 16, Matt Houser (So., Vancouver, WA/Evergreen HS) and Murakami and moved past Joe Wales and Colin Zalewski of Whitworth, 8-3. Chris Bailey and Nadeem Kassam of Whitman, seeded #4, came from behind to down Houser and Murakami in the quarterfinals, 8-6.

Krauel was pleased the overall results for the Bearcats and was particularly thrilled with Murakami's success.

"He had three good wins in the tournament and the scored don't indicate how well he played in the quarterfinals," Krauel said. "It's a good way to start our season."

Andrew Murakami advanced to the quarterfinals in singles and doubles at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional.

Andrew Murakami advanced to the quarterfinals in singles and doubles at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional.