EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 71 ranked University of Oregon men's tennis team welcomes their rivals from the north, the No. 27 ranked Washington Huskies, as well as the No. 54 ranked UC Irvine Anteaters to the Student Tennis Center for a pair of duals this weekend (Feb. 24-26).
The matchup against the Huskies on Friday (Feb. 24) at 5 p.m. will be the first matchup against a Pac-12 opponent for the Ducks and marks their ninth consecutive home dual.
The Huskies (6-2) are led by junior and No. 9 ranked singles player Kyle McMorrow. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native was an All-Pac-10 First Teamer in 2010 after a 32-8 record in singles and 28-13 record in doubles. Recently named the Pac-12 player of the week for the week of Feb.13, McMorrow is 6-1 this spring and has defeated six ranked opponents during the 2011-12 season.
The Anteaters (1-5) travel to the state of Oregon in the midst of a four-match losing streak. By the time they face the Ducks, the 'Eaters will have faced the University of Portland in Portland, Ore. on Thursday (Feb. 23) and Washington in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday (Feb. 25). Oregon will take the courts against UC Irvine on Sunday (Feb. 26) at 10 a.m.
UC Irvine team is led by seniors Fabian Matthews and Jon Kazarian. Matthews competes primarily at No. 1 singles while Kazarian plays at the No. 4 and 5 spots and was named the Big West Athlete of the Week on February 1. Irvine is ranked No. 54 without any singles players ranked in the top 125.
The Ducks (8-0) have fed off of the play of sophomores Alex Rovello and Robin Cambier at No. 1 and 2 singles, respectively. The sophomore tandem is a combined 16-0 in singles. Daniel Sardu has outperformed expectations for a true freshman in his first season at Oregon. The Sopron, Hungary native is 7-0 in singles action and clinched the dual victory for the Ducks in the two matches against Eastern Washington and Gonzaga.
The Ducks invite everyone out to the Student Tennis Center on Friday (Feb. 24) for the special match start time of 5 p.m. Pizza will be served and as always admission is free. Follow the Ducks all year long at GoDucks.com for the latest news, stats and updates.