EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 69 ranked University of Oregon men’s tennis team rounded out their double header with a victory over Eastern Washington University 6-1 on Friday (Feb. 17) at the Student Tennis Center. The Ducks (7-0) continue their remarkable play to start the season having won every dual to date while only conceding four points for a total margin of victory of 45-4.
“It was nice with two wins; we certainly did not play our best tennis,” remarked men’s head coach Nils Schyllander. “We need to refuel and come back out ready tomorrow and take care of business.”
It started at doubles for Oregon, where they swept the Eagles behind the play of junior Jeff Mullen and sophomore Robin Cambier. The two combined for their sixth consecutive victory at No. 1 doubles and have racked up a total of 15 wins to only one loss for the 2011-12 season. The 8-2 victory over Eastern Washington’s Ilija Cuic and Kyle Koetje clinched the doubles point for the Ducks and helped to carry momentum through the first part of singles play when all six matches were close. Oregon got a gutsy performance from Alex Rovello and Jose Izquierdo at No. 2 doubles. Rovello/Izquierdo rallied from down 5-7 including breaking serve twice on match point at 6-7 to win in a tiebreaker 8-7 (7-2).
Breaking through for the Ducks was Cambier who played with the high enthusiasm and energy that the team has come to expect and rely upon. The Brussels, Belgium native opened the singles scoring for Oregon defeating the Eagle’s James Russell 6-1, 6-3 in front of his family in town for the match.
With Mullen dropping out of the singles lineup for the Ducks, senior Sho Higuchi stepped into the No. 6 six singles spot and didn’t miss a beat. Playing in his second match of the day, Higuchi was victorious over Eastern Washington’s Koetje 6-2, 6-2.
Now 7-0, the Ducks have seen some incredible individual runs to start the dual season. Cambier, Rovello, and Daniel Sardu all push their singles records to 7-0. Additionally, Higuchi improves to 4-0 on the season. As a team, Oregon has only dropped one doubles match all season and currently sit at a combined record of 20-1.
After a full day of tennis ranging over 11 hours, the Ducks will turn right around and play Gonzaga University Saturday (Feb. 18) at 2 p.m. The match will be held at the Student Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Oregon and as always admission is free.
No. 69 Oregon 6–1 Eastern Washington
No. 122 Alex Rovello (UO) def. Ilija Cuic
(EWU) 6-2, 6-2
2) Robin Cambier (UO) def. James Russell (EWU) 6-1, 6-3
3) Daniel Sardu (UO) def. Mario Navarro
(EWU) 6-4, 6-1
4) Chad Henninger
(EWU) def. Jose Izquierdo (UO) 6-2, 7-5
5) Aaron Clissold (UO) def. Julian Sanchez
(EWU) 7-6, 6-3
6) Sho Higuchi (UO) def. Kyle Koetje (EWU) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 1*, 3, 4, 5
Mullen/Cambier (UO) def. Cuic/Koetje
Rovello/Izquierdo (UO) def. Navarro/Russell
(EWU) 8-7 (7-2)
Sardu/Mayeda (UO) def. Henninger/Sanchez
Order of Finish: 3, 1*, 2
* indicates clinching match