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Ducks Host Wildcats to Open Pac-10 Slate
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/24/2011
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*Please note that the start time for Sunday's dual has been changed to 10:30 a.m.

EUGENE – With 14 non-conference duals in the books, the Oregon men’s tennis team will now test its mettle against its fellow Pac-10 opponents when it opens up league play against No. 53 Arizona on Sunday.

The Ducks (9-5) and Wildcats will play at 10:30 a.m. at the Student Tennis Center. A new time from the previously announced 11 a.m. start time.

Oregon fell on the road, 5-1, to No. 40 Cal Poly on Tuesday afternoon. The setback was its third in the past four duals with each loss coming on the road. Oregon does sport a strong 6-1 mark at home this season and has a 35-7 (.833 winning percentage) singles record and a 14-6 (.700) mark in doubles play at the Student Tennis Center this season.

Arizona is 8-7 on the year and has dropped its last two duals, both against ranked opponents. The Wildcats are led by Andres Carrasco, who checks in at No. 120 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings. Carrasco boasts a 5-3 singles record in dual play and is 10-7 overall.

The Wildcats topped the Ducks, 5-2, in their previous meeting in Tucson last season.

A live blog will be available providing up to the second results and commentary during Sunday’s dual. Complete results and a recap will be available on GoDucks.com following the competition.

News and Notes:

Young Guns – The Ducks are relying on several newcomers to anchor the top of their lineup and they have been up to the task so far. Freshman Alex Rovello is 9-4 in dual singles action while playing at the No. 1 spot, junior transfer Baptiste Faynot sports an 8-4 mark in dual singles play and freshman Robin Cambier holds an 8-4 record. Combined with the fall season, Cambier (18-6), Rovello (15-8) and Faynot (14-9) are 47-23 in singles play (.671 winning percentage).

Sweeping Singles –
Oregon has gotten tremendous production from its singles lineup in dual play. The Ducks sport winning records at all six spots, led by a 12-2 mark at No. 3, and are a combined 56-28 (.667 winning percentage) on the singles court during the dual season. UO has swept all six singles matches in each of its last four dual victories.

No Way Jose –
Jose Izquierdo has been one of the main catalysts in the Ducks’ 8-2 start to the dual season. The Madrid, Spain native owns a 9-5 individual singles record in dual play and is 12-7 overall, a huge improvement from last year when he went 3-15 (1-8 in duals).

Recent Improvement – Oregon has improved in dual competition during head coach Nils Schyllander ’s tenure, winning at least 10 matches in three of the past four years after last year’s 12-11 finish. The last time Oregon has finished with three double-digit win seasons in that span was 1995-98. 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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