EUGENE, Ore. – The 37th-ranked Oregon men’s tennis team won its seventh straight match as it defeated No. 67 Boise State, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Student Tennis Center. The win moves the Ducks to 11-1 on the year and a perfect 7-0 at home.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Starting off with doubles, UO overcame a slow start to clinch the first point of the match. Jayson Amos and Armando Soemarno trailed Kyle Butters and Toby Mitchell 3-2 at No. 1 before they won four straight games to take the match 6-3.
At No. 2, Daan Maasland and Simon Stevens held off a rally from Abe Hewko and Lewis Roskilly when the Bronco pair tied it up at 4-all. Maasland and Stevens broke Boise State’s serve to go up 5-4 and then with Maasland serving, Stevens won the match on a backhand winner, giving Oregon the 1-0 lead early.
In singles, Thomas Laurent put the Ducks up 2-0 as he won in straight sets over Brian Foley in the top spot. After sitting in a 3-2 deficit, Laurent won four straight games to take the first set, 6-3. He then continued that momentum into the second set where he built up a 5-0 lead before eventually winning 6-1.
Jayson Amos finished shortly after to give Oregon a 3-0 cushion. Amos was dominant in the first set, winning 6-2, however his opponent, Abe Hewko, rallied in the second set, tying it up at 3-all. Amos was able to stifle the comeback effort and took the set 6-4.
The Broncos got on the board at No. 6 when Lewis Roskilly held off Ethan Young-Smith. Roskilly won the first set in a tiebreak and then took the second set 6-4.
Simon Stevens clinched the match for the Ducks when he won 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 over Kyle Butters. Stevens jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the first set before Butters came back to tie it up at 3-all and then took the 4-3 lead. Stevens responded and won the next three games to win the set, 6-4. In the second set, Stevens was leading 5-3 when Butters rallied to tie it up at 5-all. From there, Stevens broke Butters’ serve and won the set 7-5.
The remaining two matches at Nos. 2 and 5 went to a deciding third set after the Oregon player dropped the opening set.
Daan Maasland fell 6-3 in the first to Toby Mitchell, but then came back to take the second one 6-3. In the third, Maasland jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Mitchell was able to take a game. That would be the only one the Bronco player would win as Maasland won the set 6-2 and the match.
At No. 5, Cormac Clissold fell 6-1 in the opening set to Pedro Platzeck and was down 5-3 in the second set before he came back to go up 6-5. Platzeck tied it up at 6-all and then Clissold won the tiebreak 7-3 to force a third set. There, Clissold led 4-2 before Platzeck tied it up. The pair went back and forth with Clissold eventually winning the tiebreak 7-5 and scoring the sixth point in Oregon’s favor.
Head Coach Nils Schyllander:
“We came out a little sluggish, but like we’ve done the whole year, we showed our character and fought back and ended up winning decisively. I think our win today was the sign of a good team. The guys played hard and they’ve earned a couple days off and then we’ll be right back at it.”
UP NEXT: The Ducks will have this upcoming weekend off. They will return to action on Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. when they host reigning Big Ten champion Minnesota in the Student Tennis Center.