PORTLAND, Ore. – Senior Robin Cambier rallied to a three-set singles victory, breaking the program career singles wins record as Oregon routed Portland. The No. 34 Ducks (12-1) defeated the Pilots (3-3) by a 6-1 count Sunday at the Mt. Park Racquet Club behind Cambier’s record-breaking win.
Cambier matched Sven Swinnen’s UO record of 84 career wins against UNLV on Feb. 23 before taking sole ownership of the record today. After being blanked in the first set, Cambier rallied to consecutive 6-3 set wins to defeat Portland’s Reid deLaubenfels.
The Brussels, Belgium, native is now 18-3 this season in singles, improving his career record to 85-36 (.702). Swinnen, a two-time All-American that competed between 2001-05, posted an 84-37 (.694) career singles record.
“I’ve said this before, but that record really shows what a high level Robin has played at consistently for three and a half years here,” said head coach Nils Schyllander. “I’m very happy for him to finally break the record. It’s a great honor for him to have, and now he can just focus on the rest of the season.”
The Ducks opened their ninth straight victory by winning the doubles point for the 12th time this season. Junior Daniel Sardu and freshman Jayson Amos got on the board first, besting Michael Hu Kwo and Justin Guay eight games to five in No. 3 doubles.
Cambier and sophomore Kevin Farin clinched the doubles point with a win in the No. 1 spot. They improved their team-best record to 16-2 after defeating Alex Ferrero and Ratan Gill, 8-6. Junior Joey Swaysland and sophomore Daan Maasland’s No. 2 doubles match was left unfinished.
“We came out very strong in doubles and carried that throughout singles,” said Schyllander. “This was a tough match and good win against a very talented Portland team.”
The Ducks won five-of-six singles matches to secure a 6-1 team victory. Swaysland opened with a win in the No. 6 spot, defeating Kent Andreasen, 6-2, 6-3. The Wagga Wagga, Australia, native is 9-5 this season.
Maasland put Oregon ahead 3-0 after winning his seventh straight match. He defeated Gill in straight-sets at No. 3 singles, winning 6-1, 6-3. Maasland is 9-1 this spring in singles action.
Cambier clinched the team victory, and the wins record, with his No. 2 singles win against deLaubenfels. Cambier now holds seven program records and all significant records but one – most singles wins in a season. Swinnen set that record in his All-American senior season, posting a 27-9 record.
Amos won his ninth straight singles match with a win in the No. 5 spot. He defeated Guay, 6-1, 7-5, and improved his record to 16-3 this year.
Farin earned UO’s final victory with a hard-fought win in the top singles spot. The Belgium native defeated Hu Kwo, 7-5, 6-4, and improved his singles record to 16-4 this season.
“I was very proud of Kevin today,” said Schyllander. “He showed an unbelievable fighting spirit in both matches, and that helped set the tone for us.”
Portland claimed the final point of the match, as Sardu fell short in a super-tiebreaker. Ferrero bested Sardu, 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (14-12), to avoid the shutout.
Oregon will have a quick turnaround with a mid-week meeting against No. 45 Drake. The Ducks will take on the Bulldogs (7-4) on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. (PST) in Des Moines, Iowa. UO is 3-1 against ranked opponents this season.
No. 34 Oregon (12-1) 6, Portland (3-3) 1
1. Cambier/Farin (UO) def. Ferrero/Gill (POR) 8-6
2. Swaysland/Maasland (UO) vs. deLaubenfels/Andreasen (POR) 7-7, DNF
3. Amos/Sardu (UO) def. Hu Kwo/Guay (POR) 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 1, DNF
1. Kevin Farin (UO) def. Michael Hu Kwo (POR) 7-5, 6-4
2. Robin Cambier (UO) def. Reid deLaubenfels (POR) 0-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Daan Maasland (UO) def. Ratan Gill (POR) 6-1, 6-3
4. Alex Ferrero (POR) def. Daniel Sardu (UO) 4-6, 7-6, (14-12) Portland
5. Jayson Amos (UO) def. Justin Guay (POR) 6-1, 7-5
6. Joey Swaysland (UO) def. Kent Andreasen (POR) 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 3, 2, 5, 1, 4