MORAGA, Calif. – Daniel Sardu and Robin Cambier led the University of Oregon men’s tennis team in the first day of action at the USTA/ITA Northwest Regional Championships, as each advanced through two rounds in the main singles bracket. The competition began Friday with singles play, and head coach Nils Schyllander’s squad advanced four players in the opening round.

Oregon picked up five singles victories in Friday’s opening rounds in Moraga, Calif., with Sardu and Cambier advancing in the main draw.

“Today was definitely a mixed bag of goods with some real solid performances,” said Schyllander. “I especially liked what Daniel Sardu was able to do out there. Our young guys also learned some really valuable lessons. Jayson played at a very high level in the first round and I think the first set against his second round opponent was his best yet as a Duck.”

Competing in his first fall tournament of the season, Sardu went 2-0 on the day to reach the round of 32. The Sopron, Hungary, native advanced with a pair of straight set victories. He knocked off San Francisco’s Rich VanHout in the opening round with a 6-1, 6-4 victory. His second round match up with Pacific’s Miguel Diaz went to an extra game in the first set, but Sardu prevailed 7-5, 6-2.

After winning the main singles and doubles bracket in the season-opening Aggie Invitational, Cambier kept his perfect record intact in singles play today. He received a bye in the opening round before meeting Davidson’s Adam Levie in the round of 64. Cambier cruised to a straight set win, beating Levie 6-2, 6-4. Cambier is 6-0 in singles play this fall.

Sophomore Kevin Farin and freshman Jayson Amos also won their opening round contests for the Ducks. Farin used a dominating second set to get past San Francisco’s Germaine Bahri 6-4, 6-0. Amos also prevailed in straight sets against Saint Mary’s Sam Bloore, winning 7-6 (2), 6-3.

In the second round, Farin retired with an injury in the second set of his contest with Sean Kolar while Amos fell in three sets to Fresno State’s Sam MacNeil.

“It was very unfortunate that Kevin had to withdraw with a leg injury that he sustained in the second game of his second match,” said Schyllander. “He was ready and capable for a major breakthrough this weekend. He has a lot of firepower and is a threat to anyone when his wheels are there.”

Freshman Alex Marcinkowski and sophomore Brent Chin dropped their first round matches and join Farin and Amos in the consolation bracket.

Doubles action will begin Saturday with two rounds. Oregon’s doubles teams of Sardu and Amos, and Cambier and Farin receive a bye to the second round, while Marcinkowski and Chin meet Saint Mary’s John Stormans and Wil Martin in round one.

Saturday will also feature third round action in the singles main draw, beginning at 2 p.m. (PT). Cambier will meet Fresno State’s John Darmstaedter while Sardu faces California’s ninth-seeded Andre Goransson.

Consolation singles will be held either Saturday or Sunday with each player likely to receive one match.

USTA/ITA NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

ITA Singles
Round of 128
(17) Kevin Farin (ORE) def. Germaine Bahri (USF) 6-4, 6-0
Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Sam Bloore (SM) 7-6 (2), 6-3
(17) Daniel Sardu (ORE) def. Rich VanHout (USF) 6-1, 6-4
Eric Cederwall (PAC) def. Alex Marcinkowski (ORE) 7-6 (2), 6-1
James Tallman (USF) def. Brent Chin (ORE) 6-1, 6-2
(8) Robin Cambier (ORE) BYE

Round of 64
Sean Kolar (SAC) def. (17) Kevin Farin (ORE) 6-4, Ret. (inj.)
(17) Sam MacNeil (FS) def. Jayson Amos (ORE) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Daniel Sardu (ORE) def. Miguel Diaz (PAC) 7-5, 6-2
(8) Robin Cambier (ORE) def. Adam Levie (DAV) 6-2, 6-4