DURHAM, N.C. -- Senior Robin Cambier collected his 80th career singles victory, but the University of Oregon men’s tennis team was dealt its first setback at the hands of 17th-ranked Duke (2-2). Oregon (3-1) fell, 4-1, Saturday in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at Duke’s Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
Cambier tallied Oregon’s lone point with a victory in No. 2 singles match. Duke strung together three straight singles wins to clinch the victory, leaving No. 1 and No. 3 singles unfinished - two matches Oregon appeared poised to get at least one point from.
The Ducks will meet the loser of today’s No. 42 North Carolina-No. 50 San Diego State match in the consolation round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. The match will be held at 9:30 a.m. (PT) on Sunday.
“We let an opportunity slip by,” said head coach Nils Schyllander. “We were up in a lot of matches and didn’t close out. We are disappointed with the result, but we’ll have to build on this for Sunday’s match.”
Cambier defeated Fred Saba, an All-ACC selection last season, in straight sets to improve his team-best singles record to 13-2. The Brussels, Belgium, native dominated a tiebreaker (7-0) to take the first set 6-5, while cruising to a 6-2 advantage in the second set.
Collecting his 80th career singles victory, Cambier is now just four wins away from tying Sven Swinnen’s all-time program record in singles wins (84).
Duke responded with wins in No. 4, 6 and 5 singles to clinch the victory. Junior Daniel Sardu dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision in the No. 4 spot to a ranked opponent. Jayson Amos won a set in the No. 6 match, but suffered his first loss of the season. Joey Swaysland dominated his first set against No. 77 Josh Levine, 1-6, but fell in the next two sets in No. 5 singles.
After securing the win with four points, two singles matches were abandoned. Sophomore Daan Maasland was on his way to an upset of No. 52 Jason Tahir, holding a 6-4, 5-4, advantage. Sophomore Kevin Farin won his first set against No. 29 Michael Redlicki, but the No. 1 singles match was left unfinished early in the third set.
The Blue Devils claimed the top two doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Oregon’s No. 1 team of Farin and Cambier and No. 2 team of Swaysland and Maasland collected their first losses of the dual season. In the No. 3 match, Sardu and Amos led their opponents 5-4 before the match was abandoned.
No. 17 Duke (2-2) 4, No. 54 Oregon (3-1) 1
1. #29 Michael Redlicki (DU) vs. Kevin Farin (ORE) 2-6, 6-5 (7-5), 3-1, unfinished
2. Robin Cambier (ORE) def. Fred Saba (DU) 6-5 (7-0), 6-2
3. #52 Jason Tahir (DU) vs. Daan Maasland (ORE) 4-6, 4-5, unfinished
4. #95 Bruno Semenzata (DU) def. Daniel Sardu (ORE) 6-4, 6-2
5. #77 Josh Levine (DU) def. Joey Swaysland (ORE) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2
6. Raphael Hemmeler (DU) def. Jayson Amos (ORE) 6-0, 4-6, 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 4, 6, 5
1. Redlicki/Tahir (DU) def. Farin/Cambier (ORE) 6-2
2. Semenzato/Hemmeler (DU) def. Swaysland/Maasland (ORE) 6-2
3. Cole Hammond/Saba (DU) def. Sardu/Amos (ORE) 4-5, unfinished
Order of finish: 1, 2