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Three Duals in Three Days on Tap for Oregon
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Release Date: 03/30/2011
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EUGENE – After opening Pac-10 play on a high note, the Oregon men’s tennis team has a busy week ahead with three duals in as many days in Los Angeles.

The Ducks (10-5, 1-0 Pac-10) start their trip with a non-league dual against Loyola Marymount on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. before taking on No. 2 USC on Friday (1:30 p.m.) and No. 16 UCLA on Saturday (1 p.m.).

Oregon jumped into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association team rankings for the first time this week, breaking in at No. 65. The Ducks achieved the mark on the strength of their 4-3 victory over then-No. 53 Arizona on Sunday. UO swept the doubles point and got singles victories from Robin Cambier , Jose Izquierdo and Aaron Clissold to reach 10 dual victories for the fourth time in the past five seasons.

Loyola Marymount is 10-8 in dual play and holds a 2-4 record in the West Coast Conference. The Lions are 54-54 on the singles court and 21-33 in doubles during the dual season. Aris Andreasian has logged all of his matches at the No. 1 singles spot and holds a 7-11 mark in dual play. Nicholas Bjerke leads LMU with nine dual-singles wins.

USC has won nine straight duals and boasts a 16-2 overall record. The Trojans are also 2-0 in the Pac-10 after posting road wins over No. 8 Stanford and No. 12 California. Top-ranked Steve Johnson, No. 34 Daniel Nguyen, No. 36 Jaak Poldma and No. 49 Ray Sarmiento make up USC’s top four singles spots and are a combined 96-23 overall and 52-9 in dual play. The Trojans boast three-ranked doubles teams in Sarmiento and Johnson (29th), Poldma and J.T. Sundling (47th) and Johnson and Nguyen (73rd).

UCLA sports an 11-5 overall record, but dropped its first two Pac-10 duals last weekend. Three Bruins dot the ITA singles rankings in No. 33 Daniel Kosakowski, No. 52 Nick Meister and No. 71 Amit Inbar. UCLA also has two doubles pairings in the rankings as Meister and Inbar are ranked 23rd and Alex Brigham and Inbar check in at No. 62.

Live scoring and video will be provided for Friday's clash at USC and live scoring is also available for Saturday’s dual at UCLA. Complete results and a recap will be available following each dual on GoDucks.com.

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 9-5 in dual singles action while playing at the No. 1 spot, junior transfer Baptiste Faynot sports an 8-5 mark in dual singles play and freshman Robin Cambier holds an 11-4 record. Combined with the fall season, Cambier (19-6), Rovello (15-9) and Faynot (14-10) are 48-25 in singles play (.658 winning percentage).

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 12 dual singles matches and four 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 7-5 in dual singles play and 10-9 overall.

Topping 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 Sunday. The victory snapped a 21-match losing skid in conference play and gave UO its first league win since April of 2007.

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 12-3 mark at No. 3, and are a combined 59-31 (.656 winning percentage) on the singles court during the dual season. UO has swept all six singles matches in four of its last five dual victories.

No Way Jose – Jose Izquierdo has been one of the main catalysts in the Ducks’ 10-5 start to the dual season. The Madrid, Spain native owns a 10-5 individual singles record in dual play and is a career-best 13-7 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 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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