EUGENE, Ore.—The University of Oregon men’s tennis team heads into the offseason with a lot of positives to work on after a historic season for the program. Head coach Nils Schyllander returns six letter winners from a team that finished 16-8.
Oregon was ranked in the ITA’s top 75 for the majority of the spring season and reached a program-best No. 33 ranking on March 12. In addition to this milestone, the Ducks also defeated the Stanford Cardinal for the first time in school history on April 6, as they topped them 4-3 at the UO Student Tennis Center.
The Ducks experienced much success in dual doubles action this season as they won 17 consecutive doubles points to start off the spring. Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen’s 23-7 record in the top spot is good for second place on UO’s all-time list behind their own record of 28-4 set last season. The duo finished the season ranked No. 59 in the nation by ITA. Alex Rovello and Daan Maasland also placed in the top ten, as their 16 wins are tied for eighth most in school history. Daniel Sardu and Aaron Clissold also experienced success as they recorded 15 wins playing mostly in the No. 2 spot. Overall, Oregon was 68-27 in doubles play.
The success continued in singles as the Ducks posted 130 victories to 77 losses on the year. Three Ducks’ names will be added to the all-time single season victories list as Daan Maasland, Robin Cambier and Alex Rovello each had over 20 wins. Maasland’s 23-9 record puts him in a tie for fourth place all-time, while Cambier’s 22-11 record is good for a fifth place tie, and Rovello’s 21-8 ties his own win total from last season in eighth place. Cambier’s name appears on the list three times now, the most of any player in school history.
Newcomers Brent Chin, Lova Randriamampandry and Maasland provided strong support as Maasland was a rock in the No. 4 spot, posting an 11-1 record, and Chin and Randriamampandry competed in the final two spots. Maasland also provided the Ducks with back-to-back match clinchers, including a monumental one against Stanford. Coaches are expecting big things out of the Geldrop, Netherlands native throughout his career.
Oregon will be without Jeff Mullen and Aaron Clissold next year as the two prepare to graduate and move on. In addition, international transfer Randriamampandry is also leaving the team.
The Ducks return to the practice courts to begin training for the 2013-14 season as they look to improve upon a historic season. This training period allows the coaches to give each athlete a serious evaluation and make adjustments and improvements to their game. Follow the Ducks at GoDucks.com for the latest news, schedule updates and features throughout the offseason.
Men's Tennis Looks to Build on Historic Season
Release Date: 05/09/2013
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