EUGENE, Ore.- After putting together a 14-1 non-conference record, the No. 59 University of Oregon men's tennis team will see if all of their hard work and preparation was enough as they match up with No. 1 USC and No. 5 UCLA to open up Pac-12 play at the Student Tennis Center this weekend.
The Ducks take on the Bruins first on Friday (Mar. 30) at 1 p.m. and then the Trojans on Saturday (Mar. 31) at 11 a.m.
While the Ducks got a taste of Pac-12 play after losing to Washington back on Feb. 24, 4-3, UO will be looking to erase their 1-5 conference mark from a year ago.
Oregon is fresh off 5-2 and 7-0 victories over Portland and Portland State this week.
The Ducks rolled through the doubles portion of the match with ease, outscoring the Portland, 24-11. Sophomore Robin Cambier and junior Jeff Mullen picked up their 14th victory of the season with an 8-6 win over Michel Hu Kwo and Alex Ferrero to move to a flawless 14-0 on the season.
Against Portland State, Oregon opened the match in commanding fashion by sweeping the doubles to earn the first point in the dual. From there, every match was finished in straight sets with the exception of Cambier's match with Mitch Somach, which after winning the first set and losing the second, won the match in tiebreaks, 10-6.
The Ducks will be leaning heavily on Cambier, who between his singles and doubles play is a combined 30-0 this season. The Brussels, Belgium-native, who has competed mostly at No. 2 and No. 3 in singles play is 7-0 at both of those positions and 1-0 in his lone appearance at No. 1.
Oregon has also received double-digit victories from Daniel Sardu and Alex Rovello.
Rovello is mainly competes at the No. 1 position is a solid 12-3 heading into this weekend's exciting matches.
Sardu has done most of his 12-2 damage at the No. 4 spot for head coach Nils Schyllander. At several points during the season, the freshman from Sopron, Hungary has clinched matches for the Ducks.
Outside of Cambier's 15 match winning streak, Sardu owns UO's longest winning streak of five.
UCLA (14-2) is coming off of a 7-0 victory over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. After sweeping doubles play, the Bruins then won all six singles matches in straight sets. Clay Thompson and Maxime Tabatruong didn't surrender a single game in their singles matches, as both players won 6-0, 6-0 at court Nos. 1 and 6, respectively.
The Bruins come into the match with four singles players ranked in the latest ITA rankings and one doubles pair. Nick Meister is the highest ranked UCLA player at No. 30, while Adrien Puget, Thompson and Marcos Giron are Nos. 51, 59 and 115, in that order. Puget and Meister make up the No. 38 ranked tandem.
USC (19-0) took its overall win streak out to 39 in a row with a 6-1 nonconference victory over Boise State on Monday. The Trojans swept the doubles point and rolled through the rest of their singles matches before hitting a snag at the No. 6 position.
USC has five singles players inside the latest ITA rankings and boast three on the doubles side. The Trojans have Steve Johnson (No. 2), Daniel Nguyen (No. 13) and Ray Sarmiento (No. 23) inside the top 25 while No. 38 Yannick Hanfmann and No. 53 Emilio Gomez round out the rest of the ranked Trojans. Johnson and Hanfmann combine to make up the No. 5 ranked pairing in the country. Johnson teams with Roberto Quiroz as the No. 15 duo while Sarmiento and Nguyen are ranked No. 18.
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