EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's tennis match against Cal Poly came down to a third set tiebreak in the final singles match where the Ducks were able to come out victorious and push their overall record to 9-2 in 2010. A back and forth third set between Aaron Clissold of Oregon and Drew Jacobs of Cal Poly at No. 4 singles culminated in a 9-7 tiebreak favoring Clissold to bring home the win for the Ducks.
The Ducks rallied to within reach down 3-2 with two matches remaining. Side by side, Aaron Clissold vs. Drew Jacobs and Ric Mortera vs. Jordan Bridge battled deep into their respective third sets. It was Ric Mortera who broke through (5-7, 7-6, 6-4) to tie the overall match at 3 points a piece with one singles match remaining.
A key moment in the overall match came when Marcos Verdasco suffered a leg injury during his number one doubles match. Verdasco was able to finish out the set and helped record a victory however would not be able to compete in his scheduled singles match. Slated at number one, the loss of Verdasco forced the ducks to shift their lineup moving everyone up a pairing and moving Jose Izquierdo into the sixth pairing.
Although the pairing of Verdasco/Cornelissen were able to pull out a victory in their doubles match (8-6), the Ducks dropped the opening doubles point to the Mustangs following victories by Cal Poly’s Bridge/Sonesson and Zacks/Jacobs. The Mustangs stretched their lead to 3 and 0 with singles victories by Rob Foy over Duncan MacDonald-Korth 6-4, 6-1 and by Brian McPhee over Jose Izquierdo 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Ducks took the match 4-3 after saving six match points, not winning the doubles point and without their number one slated player.
February 21, 2010
1.Verdasco/Cornelissen (UO) def. Fawcett/Foy (CP) 8-6
2.Bridge/Sonesson (CP) def. Bjerke/Mortera (UO) 8-5
3.Zacks/Jacobs (CP) def. Clissold/Izquierdo (UO) 8-4
Order:2, 3, 1
1.Alexander Cornelissen (UO) def. Matt Fawcett (CP), 7-6, 6-4
2.Ric Mortera (UO) def. Jordan Bridge (CP), 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
3.Nico Bjerke (UO) def. Alex Sonesson (CP) 6-4, 7-5
4.Aaron Clissold (UO) def. Drew Jacobs (CP) 6-4, 2-6, 6-6 (7)
5.Rob Foy (CP) def. Duncan MacDonald-Korth (UO) 6-4, 6-1
6.Brian McPhee (CP) def. Jose Izquierdo (UO) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Order:5, 6, 3, 1, 2, 4
*Verdasco Out Due to Injury