EUGENE, Ore. - After completing their first Pac-12 sweep of the season, the No. 68 ranked University of Oregon men's tennis team travels to Seattle, Wash. for their season finale against No. 26 University of Washington on Saturday (Apr. 21) at 2 p.m.
The Ducks (17-5, 2-4 Pac-12) are looking to close out what has been an amazing year on a high note over their rivals from the north. The Huskies (14-7, 2-4 Pac-12) got the better of the Ducks in a non-conference match on Feb. 24, something that Oregon has carried with them all year. The dual hung in the balance before Washington eventually took the match 4-3. Washington was ranked No. 27 nationally the last time the schools faced off.
Oregon is coming off consecutive wins over the University of Arizona and the University of Utah this past weekend. The Ducks defeated the Wildcats and Utes, 6-1 and 4-3, respectively with impressive outings from the top of their singles lineup. Sophomore Alex Rovello led the way with a pair of 6-1, 6-3 victories over Arizona's Mario Urquidi and Utah's Dmytro Mamedov. The Portland, Ore. native heads to Seattle on a two-match winning streak.
Also heading into the match on a two-match winning streak is sophomore Robin Cambier. Cambier leads the Ducks with a team-high 18-4 record, coming mostly at the No. 2 position (7-2) and No. 3 position (7-0). UO has also received excellent play at the No. 4 spot from freshman Daniel Sardu. Sardu has compiled a 15-6 record to round out the Ducks that have eclipsed the double-digit win mark. On several occasions this season, the Sopron, Hungary native has had to rise to clinch duals for Oregon.
In doubles, the Ducks have received impressive performances from their No. 1 tandem of junior Jeff Mullen and Cambier. Mullen and Cambier tallied two more doubles victories giving them 18 this spring all at the No. 1 spot against just three losses. The Oregon duo has now won 27 doubles matches during the 2011-12 campaign, a school record that continues to build having broken the record back in March.
The No. 26 Huskies head into the dual with the Ducks on their own two-match winning streak having defeating Utah and Arizona in opposite order of Oregon, 5-2 and 7-0, respectively. Led by No. 22 ranked singles player Kyle McMorrow, the Huskies start four players with double-digit wins this spring. McMorrow has rattled off an impressive 14-6 record all at No. 1 singles. In the first match up between schools, McMorrow served as a momentum changer defeating previously unbeaten Rovello, 6-1, 6-2 in an immediate response to Oregon taking the doubles point. The Ducks will surely look to capitalize on their excellent doubles play in getting off to a quick start against the Huskies on the road.
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