The No. 54 University of Oregon men’s tennis team travels to Durham, N.C., to partake in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Oregon is one of four teams, all ranked nationally, competing at Duke. The Ducks will meet the No. 17 Blue Devils at 7 a.m. (PT) Saturday before meeting either No. 42 North Carolina or No. 50 San Diego State on Sunday at a time to be determined.
ITA KICK-OFF WEEKEND
Sixty teams are competing across the country in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend with qualification to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on the line. 15 teams were designated as host sites, and No. 1 seeds based off last year's final rankings, hosting three other teams. The host school will play the No. 4 seed, the No. 2 seed will face the No. 3 seed and the winners will meet in the championship match. Site winners qualify for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships held in February in Houston.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
The Ducks are guarenteed to meet two ranked opponents, beginning with No. 17 Duke. The Blue Devils opened the season ranked No. 7, but dropped after losses to Elon and No. 8 Kentucky. Josh Levine leads the team with a 16-3 record in singles. North Carolina is undefeated (4-0), coming off a sweep of Wofford. The Tar Heel’s Braden Schnur was named ACC Player of the Week on Tuesday. San Diego State (2-0) is also undefeated with wins over Nevada and UC Riverside. The Aztecs are led by Thorsten Bertsch in singles (7-3).
DUCKS IMPRESS IN SEASON-OPENING WEEKEND
For the fourth-straight season, Oregon won its first three matches. The Ducks swept Portland State and Eastern Washington in a doubleheader before handling UC Santa Barbara, 6-1, on Monday. In dual play, Oregon has posted a 17-1 mark in singles and perfect 6-0 record in doubles to win 20 of a possible 21 points through three matches.
CAMBIER EARNS CONFERENCE HONOR
Senior Robin Cambier was named Pac-12 men’s Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. Cambier went a combined 4-0 to lead Oregon to a perfect start. He went 3-0 in No. 2 singles, with a victory over a nationally ranked opponent, while posting a 1-0 record in No. 1 doubles with sophomore Kevin Farin. Cambier has a team-best singles (12-2) and doubles (9-1) record.
OFF ON THE RIGHT TRACK
For the 11th straight season, Oregon opened the dual campaign with a win after besting Portland State, 7-0. The Ducks have outscored their opponents, 67-8, in the past 11 season-openers. Oregon’s last loss to start a season came in 2003 against Illinois.
DUCKS DROP IN POLL DESPITE PERFECT WEEKEND
Despite winning 20-of-21 points in its first three matches, Oregon feel two spots to No. 54 in the latest ITA poll. Oregon is one of six ranked Pac-12 teams.
FRESHMAN SHINES IN DUAL DEBUT
Freshman Jayson Amos shined in his dual debut, posting a perfect 6-0 overall record. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native went 3-0 in No. 3 doubles with Daniel Sardu. Amos posted a 3-0 record in No. 6 singles, winning two matches double-bagel.
FARIN MAKES DEBUT AT NO. 1 SPOT
Sophomore Kevin Farin made his dual collegiate debut last weekend, competing in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. The Brussels, Belgium, native went 3-0 at the top singles position, winning all three matches in straight sets. Farin went 1-0 in No. 1 doubles with Robin Cambier.
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 79 career singles wins, Cambier trails Sven Swinnen by five wins. Cambier also holds the record in the following categories;
• Career singles & doubles wins: 157
• Season doubles wins: 29, with Jeff Mullen
• Career doubles wins by a team: 57, with Jeff Mullen.
• Career doubles wins: 78
• Consecutive singles wins: 15
• Consecutive doubles wins: 14, with Jeff Mullen.
Oregon has won the doubles point in all three matches this season, posting a 6-0 dual doubles record. Oregon is led by its No. 3 doubles tandem of Sardu and Amos, who have collected a win in each match this season.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
Oregon will meet five nonconference opponents ranked nationally by the most recent ITA poll; No. 17 Duke, No. 42 North Carolina or No. 50 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. 16 California, No. 36 Washington, No. 40 Stanford and No. 54 Oregon.
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.
OREGON ANNOINTS ROVELLO COURT
The University of Oregon held a naming ceremony on 11/9/13 at the Student Tennis Center, dedicating the center court on the north side of the facility Alex Rovello Court.
Oregon returns to action Jan. 31 with the first leg of its series with Fresno State. The Ducks will also host the Bulldogs on Feb. 2 with both matches being held at the Student Tennis Center.