SEATTLE, Wash. - The No. 68 ranked University of Oregon men's tennis team fell in their Pac-12 regular-season finale to the No. 26 University of Washington Huskies, 6-1, on Saturday (Apr. 21) at the Bill Quillian Stadium in Seattle.
The Ducks (17-6, 2-5 Pac-12) end the regular season with 17 spring dual wins, the most victories in a single season during head coach Nils Schyllander's six years at the helm.
"We've been playing great doubles all year, but I felt we took it to another level today," remarked coach Schyllander. "Especially in front of an extremely hostile crowd; I'm proud of our guys."
As was the case in the first match up between the Ducks and Huskies on Feb. 24, Oregon took the opening dual point this time by sweeping all three doubles matches. Freshman Daniel Sardu and junior Aaron Clissold got things going by defeating Washington's Marton Bots and Matt Stith, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. At No. 1 doubles, Oregon got another dominating performance from sophomore Robin Cambier and junior Jeff Mullen. For the second time this year, Mullen and Cambier defeated Washington's No. 1 doubles team led by first-team All-Pac-10 honoree Kyle McMorrow. The Ducks took down McMorrow, who teamed with Emmett Egger, 8-4, to clinch what would be their only point of the dual. Rounding out the sweep for the Ducks was sophomore Alex Rovello and senior Jose Izquierdo who beat out Washington's Jeff Hawke and Max Mathou for the second time this year, 8-4. It is the third consecutive dual that the Ducks have swept the doubles matches.
The Ducks did not fare as well in the singles portion of the dual dropping all six matches en route to their loss. For Oregon, the best effort came from the No. 4 position where Sardu battled Mantho deep into the third set. Sardu, playing arguably the best tennis of anyone on the UO roster, was looking for his 16th singles win of the spring season. In the end, Manthou and the Husky faithful proved too much as Sardu dropped the match, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.
"We were right there," said coach Schyllander. "We'll keep working hard. We're getting closer to taking our program to the next level."
The Ducks will return home to Oregon before departing on Monday for Ojai, Calif. and the first ever Pac-12 Championships (Apr. 26-29). The Ducks will be facing the University of Utah in their first matchup of the tournament.