The Oregon men’s tennis team opens the 2014 dual season this weekend, hosting three opponents at the Student Tennis Center. The Ducks kickoff the season on Friday, hosting Portland State at 10 a.m. and Eastern Washington at 5 p.m. Oregon returns to action Sunday to host UCSB at 10 a.m.
OREGON IN SEASON-OPENERS
The Ducks are undefeated in their past 10 season-openers, having outscored their opponents 61-8 in the process. Oregon swept Portland State in the past two season-openers. Oregon’s last season-opening loss came in 2003, falling to Illinois at Hawaii.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Portland State posted a 9-12 record last season with a 3-7 mark in the Big Sky Conference. The Pilots return five letterwinners from last season. Eastern Washington went 9-13 in 2013 while posting a 5-5 conference record. The Eagles were selected sixth in the Big Sky Conference preseason tennis poll. UC Santa Barbara also finished 9-13 last season. The Gauchos return Ziad Sultan, who posted 18 singles wins last season while leading the team in doubles wins (14).
DUCKS DRAW ITA NATIONAL RANKING IN DEBUT POLL
Oregon was ranked No. 52 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, released on Jan. 2nd.
A LOOK BACK: 2013 SEASON
The Ducks posted a 16-8 record last year. Oregon won 13 of its first 14 matches before drawing the No. 7 seed in the Pac-12 tournament. The Ducks reached a No. 33 ITA national ranking, a program-best, and defeated Stanford for the first time in program history. Daan Maasland (23), Robin Cambier (22), Alex Rovello (21) and Daniel Sardu (19) led the team in singles wins. Cambier and Jeff Mullen posted a team-best 23-7 mark in doubles play.
DUCKS IN MIDST OF IMPRESSIVE RUN
The Ducks posted its winnigiest two-year stretch since the 1995-96 seasons after going 16-8 last season and 17-7 in 2012. Schyllander has coached at least three players to 20+ win singles seasons and a doubles team to a 25+ win season in each of the past two years. The Ducks have been consistently ranked by the ITA, and drew a best-ever No. 33 ranking last season.
STRONG FALL SEASON FOR THE DUCKS
Oregon competed in three fall tournaments this season; the UC Davis Aggie Invitational, the ITA Northwest Regionals and the Easley Memorial Classic. The Ducks posted winning records in both singles (31-17/.646) and doubles (11-8/.579), and won two main draw flight titles.
DUCKS RETURN TALENTED CORE
Schyllander returns four letterwinners from last season, each with significant experience; senior Robin Cambier, sophomore Daan Maasland, junior Daniel Sardu and sophomore Brent Chin. Maasland posted the fourth-best singles season in program history, finishing with a 23-9 record. Cambier continued to climb the record books with a 22-11 singles mark. Sardu finished 19-7 while Chin went 9-9.
OREGON WELCOMES 5 NEWCOMERS
The Ducks have five newcomers on the roster; transfers Kevin Farin (sophomore), Joey Swaysland (junior) and freshmen Jayson Amos, Alex Marcinkowski and Alberto Reyes. Farin, Swaysland, Amos and Marcinkowski each saw their first action as Ducks in the fall season.
CAMBIER RE-WRITES THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior Robin Cambier holds six UO program record and is approaching one of the most valued record of them all; all-time singles wins. With 76 career singles wins, Cambier trails Sven Swinnen by eight wins. Cambier also holds the record in the following categories;
• Career singles & doubles wins: 153
• Season doubles wins: 29, with Jeff Mullen
• Career doubles wins by a team: 57, with Jeff Mullen.
• Career doubles wins: 77
• Consecutive singles wins: 15
• Consecutive doubles wins: 14, with Jeff Mullen.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Oregon will meet five nonconference opponents ranked nationally by the most recent ITA poll; No. 7 Duke, No. 43 North Carolina or No. 49 San Diego State, No. 72 New Mexico, No. 46 Boise State and No. 73 Santa Clara. Seven-of-eight Pac-12 teams are ranked by the ITA as well; No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 17 California, No. 37 Washington, No. 41 Stanford, No. 52 Oregon and No. 75 Utah.
OREGON ANNOINTS ROVELLO COURT
The University of Oregon held a naming ceremony on Nov. 9th at the Student Tennis Center, dedicating the center court on the north side of the facility Alex Rovello Court.
The Ducks will travel for their first road duals of the season next, traveling to Durham, N.C., for a pair of matches. Oregon opens with No. 7 Duke on Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. The Ducks will either meet No. 43 North Carolina or No. 49 San Diego State the following day.