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Showdown with Washington Highlights Ducks’ Senior Day
Release Date: 04/20/2011
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EUGENE – With one dual remaining this season, the Oregon men’s tennis team may be in control of its postseason destiny when it hosts No. 22 Washington on Saturday.

Saturday’s dual between the two conference rivals starts at 1:30 p.m. and will take place at either the Student Tennis Center (indoors) or the 18th Street Courts (outdoors).

Oregon checks in at No. 69 in this week’s national team rankings and is 11-10 (1-4 Pac-10) after a 7-0 win over Pacific University on Tuesday. Robin Cambier leads the Ducks with 20 singles victories, 12 of which have come in dual play. Three other UO players have recorded 11 singles victories in dual play in Aaron Clissold (11-7), Alex Rovello (11-9) and Jose Izquierdo (11-9).

Washington sports a 16-8 overall record and a 2-3 mark in Pac-10 duals. The Huskies defeated the Ducks in a non-conference dual, 6-1, in Seattle on Feb. 25. UW has three players in the singles rankings in No. 46 Kyle McMorrow (28-7 overall singles record, 19-5 in duals), No. 62 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (20-11, 14-8) and No. 107 Martin Kildahl (19-11, 15-8). The Huskies also have a doubles pairing in the national rankings in 25th-ranked Nedunchezhiyan and McMorrow (25-10, 15-6).

A live blog will be available for Saturday’s dual providing live results and commentary. Results and a recap will be posted on following the competition.

News and Notes:

Young Guns – The Ducks are relying on a trio of newcomers to anchor the top of their lineup and they have been up to the task so far. Freshman Alex Rovello is 11-9 in dual singles action while playing at the No. 1 spot, junior transfer Baptiste Faynot sports an 8-11 mark in dual singles play and freshman Robin Cambier holds a 12-9 record.

Start Them Young – Beyond the newcomers who fill out the top half of the singles lineup, the Ducks are building their squad with youth. All but 17 dual singles matches and five doubles matches have been played exclusively by players who project to return to the mix next season. Oregon’s roster features only one senior, Duncan MacDonald-Korth , who is 8-9 in dual singles play and 11-13 overall.

Keeping up with the Pac – Oregon served notice to the rest of the Pac-10 that this is a different team with its 4-3 win over previously No. 53 Arizona in the league opener on March 27. The victory snapped a 21-match losing skid in conference play and gave UO its first league win since April of 2007.

Recent Improvement – Oregon has improved in dual competition during head coach Nils Schyllander ’s tenure, winning at least 10 matches in four of the past five years after last year’s 12-11 finish. The last time Oregon has finished with four double-digit win seasons in that span was 1994-98. Prior to this recent stretch, the Ducks had won fewer than 10 duals four-straight seasons and five of the past six campaigns.

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