EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon men’s tennis team came out on the right end of numerous dramatic matches to handle UC Santa Barbara on Monday at the Student Tennis Center. The No. 52 Ducks (3-0) won, 6-1, over the Gauchos (1-2) in a match that was more closely contested than the score would suggest.
Two doubles matches went into a tiebreaker and two singles matches required a third set, but a calm and collected Oregon squad claimed all but one match on the day.
Oregon improves to 3-0 for the fourth straight season. UCSB was two days removed from nearly upsetting No. 37 Washington, falling in a 4-3 match.
“This was a very intense, hard-fought match,” said head coach Nils Schyllander. “We fought very hard, and that is an encouraging sign. There were match points left and right it felt like, and in the end, we played tough when we need to.”
UCSB was denied the doubles point for the first time this season after a wild finish in the No. 3 match. Oregon got on the board first with junior Joey Swaysland and sophomore Daan Maasland in the No. 2 match. The duo defeated Tobias Glaskov and Miles Seemann handily, 6-3. No. 1 and 3 doubles each went to a tiebreak, with Oregon needing to win just one of those to secure the doubles point.
Junior Daniel Sardu and freshman Jayson Amos did just that, defeating Teague Hamilton and Andrew Riminton, 6-5. Sardu and Amos won the tiebreaker, 11-9, improving to 3-0 in duals. No. 1 doubles was left unfinished as senior Robin Cambier and sophomore Kevin Farin were level in their tiebreaker.
After the intermission, Oregon rattled off four straight singles victories to clinch the win. Sardu tallied the first win, knocking off Hamilton in No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-4. Amos defeated Riminton, 6-2, 6-3 to claim the No. 6 match.
Swaysland won the clinching point, giving Oregon a 4-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Erik Johnsson in No. 4 singles. The Wagga Wagga, Australia, native is 6-2 in singles this season.
“We played pretty good today and it was a good team victory,” said Swaysland. “I took my match one point at a time. It was a great feeling to clinch for the team and get the win.”
The remaining three matches went down to the wire as Oregon closed singles play much like they did doubles – in dramatic fashion.
Battling neck and neck with Ziad Sultan in No. 1 singles, Farin took the first 6-5. The players traded games in the second set before Farin pulled away yet again with a 7-4 match-winning tiebreaker. Farin becomes the second Duck to reaches double figures in singles wins this season with a 10-3 record.
Cambier’s No. 2 singles match with nationally ranked Tobias Glaskov also came down to a match-deciding tiebreaker. Cambier won the first set 6-5 while Glaskov took the second 6-3. The second set went into a tiebreaker at five games all. Cambier dominated the tiebreaker, winning 7-2 after ripping a serve to the corner for an ace.
Cambier improves to 12-2 in singles this season. His 79 career singles wins rank second best in program history, just five away from tying Sven Swinnen for best all-time.
Oregon returns to action next week, meeting a pair of ranked opponents in Durham, N.C. The Ducks will face No. 7 Duke on Saturday at 10 a.m., and will then take on either No. 43 North Carolina or No. 49 San Diego State the following day.
No. 52 Oregon (3-0) 6, UCSB (1-2) 1
No. 1 Cambier/Farin (UO) vs. Sultan/Gryaznov (UCSB) 5-5 (6-6), DNF
No. 2 Swaysland/Maasland (UO) def. Glaskov/Seemann (UCSB) 6-3
No. 3 Sardu/Amos (UO) def. Hamilton/Riminton (UCSB) 6-5 (11-9)
Order of finish: 2, 3, DNF
No. 1 Kevin Farin (UO) def. Ziad Sultan (UCSB) 6-5, 6-5
No. 2 Robin Cambier (UO) def. #79 Tobias Glaskov (UCSB) 6-5, 3-6, 6-5
No. 3 Alexander Gryaznov (UCSB) def. Daan Maasland (UO) 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Joey Swaysland (UO) def. Erik Johnsson (UCSB) 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Daniel Sardu (UO) def. Teague Hamilton (UCSB) 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 Jayson Amos (UO) def. Andrew Riminton (UCSB) 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 5, 6, 4, 1, 3, 2