EUGENE, Ore. -- Robin Cambier picked up a pair of victories and No. 27 Oregon earned a decisive win on senior day. The Ducks downed Arizona, 4-1, Saturday at the Student Tennis Center to notch their first Pac-12 victory of the season.
The Ducks (15-4, 1-3) snapped a three-match losing skid with the win, giving an improved performance in their final home match of the season. UO will finish the 2014 season with an impressive 10-2 record at home this season. Oregon won the doubles point and claimed three-of-four singles matches to clinch.
“To bounce back and win convincingly on senior day was nice,” said head coach Nils Schyllander. “I thought we gave a better effort today. Now, we have to go on the road and take care of business.”
Cambier - UO’s most decorated player in program history - provided a fitting finale in his final match at the Student Tennis Center. The Brussels, Belgium, native teamed with sophomore Kevin Farin to tally an 8-4 win in No. 1 doubles spot and improve to 19-4 on the season. Cambier cruised in his No. 1 singles match, earning a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Cambier has a team-best 21-5 singles record.
Cambier holds seven-of-eight major program records. He received a standing ovation between doubles and singles during the senior day ceremony, and drew another deserved round of applause following his decisive singles wins.
“I didn’t start thinking about that until I was up 5-2 in the second set, and I was like - wow, this could be my last game here,” said Cambier, speaking on whether it sunk in that he was playing his last home match. “It was awesome to play on Alex Rovello Court this season. We picked up a lot of good wins here, and I’ll have nothing but good memories from it.”
The Ducks claimed a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point for the 14th time this season. Cambier and Farin won at the No. 1 spot, while junior Daniel Sardu and freshman Jayson Amos cruised to an 8-3 victory in the No. 3 spot. Sardu and Amos improve to 12-6 this spring in doubles.
Amos gave UO a 2-0 lead, making quick work of his No. 5 match against Will Kneale. Amos won 6-2, 6-3, and improved to 19-5 in his rookie campaign. Cambier’s straight set No. 1 singles victory moved Oregon one point away from clinching the team victory.
Arizona’s Mario Urquidi’s No. 4 singles win delayed UO’s celebration. Sophomore Daan Maasland pulled through clutch in a tiebreaker just minutes later, sealing UO’s win. Maasland defeated Sumeet Shinde, 6-3, 7-6 (4), and improved to 12-3 this spring.
Farin’s No. 2 singles match was abandoned in the second set after Farin claimed the first set, 6-2. Freshman Alberto Reyes made his Oregon debut, competing at the No. 6 spot. The Mexico City, Mexico, native won his first collegiate set, 6-4. After dropping his second set, Reyes led the third set 3-1 before it was left unfinished.
“It was great to have Alberto in the lineup today,” said Schyllander. “He played a good debut match and it looked like he was going to go on and win it.”
Oregon will now close the regular season with four straight road matches. UO will play next in a nonconference battle at Santa Clara on April 9. The Ducks close the season at No. 9 California (April 11), No. 52 Stanford (April 12) and Washington (April 19).
No. 27 Oregon (15-4, 1-3) 4, Arizona (11-12, 0-4) 1
1. Cambier/Farin (ORE) def. Shinde/Takeda (AZ) 8-4
2. Swaysland/Maasland (ORE) vs. Dunn/Urquidi (AZ) 7-7, unfinished
3. Sardu/Amos (ORE) def. Trevor/Thompson (AZ) 8-3
Order of finish: 3, 1, UF
1. #110 Robin Cambier (ORE) def. Kieren Thompson (AZ) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kevin Farin (ORE) vs. Naoki Takeda (AZ) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished
3. Daan Maasland (ORE) def. Sumeet Shinde 6-3, 7-6 (4)
4. Mario Urquidi (AZ) def. Daniel Sardu (ORE) 6-3, 6-4
5. Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Will Kneale 6-2, 6-3
6. Alberto Reyes (ORE) vs. James Trevor 6-4, 0-6, 3-1, unfinished
Order of finish: 5, 1, 4, 3