EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 69 University of Oregon men's tennis team (5-0) heads into the weekend undefeated ready to take on Seattle, Eastern Washington and Gonzaga starting Friday at 9 a.m. from the Student Tennis Center. The three matches in two days is the shortest amount of time between duals that the Ducks have faced this season.
The Ducks dropped their first points in dual play in their Feb. 11 match against the No. 62 ranked UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. The 4-3 victory for Oregon lands them at 5-0 with a combined margin of victory of 32-3 heading into the weekend. Led by sophomore Alex Rovello, the No. 122 ranked singles player in the nation, the Ducks will rely heavily on their pre-season conditioning and fitness level to combat the short amount of downtime between matches.
Rovello, the No. 11 ranked singles player in the Northwest, has led the Ducks from the No. 1 singles position and is currently 5-0 in singles and 5-0 in doubles. Freshman Daniel Sardu is adjusting nicely in his first collegiate season. Sardu, a native of Sopron, Hungary, is currently 5-0 playing primarily at the No. 4 singles position.
The Redhawks of Seattle University come into Eugene with a 1-6 record that isn't indicative of the kind of team they are, having dropped two matches on the road 3-4. The Redhawks are led by sophomore Andrew Anderson playing primarily from the No. 1 singles position. Following the Oregon women's match at 1 p.m. friday, the Men continue their marathon weekend against the Eagles of Eastern Washington University. EWU (5-2) is riding a five-match win streak headlined by the play of sophomore Ilija Cuic at No. 1 singles. The Eagles defeated Seattle U on Feb. 4, 4-0.
The third match of the weekend pits the Gonzaga Bulldogs against the Ducks at 2 p.m. Saturday. Gonzaga will face the University of Portland on Friday, Feb. 17 before traveling the I-5 corridor to Eugene. When the Ducks face the Bulldogs on Saturday, they will have faced three common opponents in UC Santa Barbara, Idaho and Seattle. The Ducks defeated Idaho 7-0 and UC Santa Barbara 4-3 while the Bulldogs fell to both the Gauchos and the Vandals 1-6 and 3-4, respectively. Gonzaga defeated Seattle 7-0 on Feb. 4 while the Ducks will open the weekend against the Redhawks.
Follow the Oregon men all year long at GoDucks.com for the latest news, stats and updates. Admission to the Student Tennis Center, located behind McArthur Court and next to Howe Field, is free as always and the Ducks encourage everyone to come out and watch some great tennis.