EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 66 ranked University of Oregon men's tennis team (15-5, 0-4 Pac-12) closes out their home schedule this weekend as they prepare to face the University of Arizona (5-14, 0-3 Pac-12) and the University of Utah (11-9, 0-4 Pac-12) Apr. 13 and 15 at the Student Tennis Center.
The Ducks return home after a tough road trip that saw a victory at Saint Mary's, 5-2, coupled with a pair of 7-0 losses at Stanford and California. Freshman Daniel Sardu played at a high level all week resulting in a victory over Saint Mary's Saad Benkirane, 6-4, 6-2 and a couple of close matches against Stanford's Matt Kandath 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 and Cal's No. 39 Carlos Cueto 7-5, 6-1.
Oregon is still in search of its first Pac-12 conference win though.
Oregon will be looking for the top of their lineup to return to form if they are to break out of their current conference slump. Sophomores Alex Rovello and Robin Cambier along with Sardu, who make up over 55 percent of the team's singles wins, have lost their last 10 matches combined in a row. In doubles, junior Jeff Mullen will team with Cambier in search of their 17th spring doubles victory. Cambier and Mullen are rewriting the record books as they continue to add to the school record for doubles wins in a season with 25 and counting.
Arizona travels to Eugene in the midst of a four-match losing streak having won just two duals since Feb. 4. The Wildcats scrapped a point from each USC and UCLA in their most recent duals highlighted by freshman Carlos Bermudez's victory over USC's Eric Johnson, 7-5, 7-5 on Apr. 7. The victory for Bermudez was his second singles victory in conference play. Expect to see sophomore Giacomo Miccini at No. 1 singles for Arizona when they clash with Oregon on Friday (Apr. 13) at 1:30 p.m.
After facing Washington on Friday (Apr. 13), the Utes will head south to Eugene to face the Ducks on Sunday (Apr. 15) at 10 a.m. Utah is also riding a four-match losing streak coming on the heels of a four-match winning streak. The Utes are led by the No. 50 ranked singles player freshman Slim Hamza. The native of Tunisia, Africa has compiled a 16-2 singles record playing primarily at No. 3 singles. Hamza is riding a four-match winning streak including wins over USC's No. 13 Daniel Nguyen, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), and UCLA's Dennis Novikov, 6-0, 7-6 (6). The Ducks will surely look to Utah's 1-9 record against ranked opponents for confidence heading into the dual on Sunday.
Sunday (Apr. 15) will also represent Senior Day for Oregon's three seniors; Jose Izquierdo, Sho Higuchi and Douglas Mayeda. The Oregon coaching staff will take time to acknowledge their three seniors during a break in the dual in front of what is sure to be a packed crowd for their last home match in what has been an incredible year.