A strong start to Senior Day did not end the same way as the Oregon men’s tennis team fell to No. 22 Washington, 5-2, on Saturday.
Oregon finishes the dual season 11-11 (1-5 Pac-10) with the setback.
Things got off to a promising start for the Ducks as they got victories out of their top two doubles pairings to take the doubles point. UO got things started when Alex Rovello and Robin Cambier jumped out to a 6-2 lead en route to the duo’s biggest win of the year, an 8-6 victory over 25th-ranked Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Kyle McMorrow.
With the Huskies taking the No. 3 doubles match, 8-3, the first point came down to the Ducks’ lone senior, Duncan MacDonald-Korth , and partner Aaron Clissold . Oregon’s second pairing was locked in a 5-5 tie with Martin Kildahl and Tobi Obenaus. After winning Clissold’s service game, the duo picked up a crucial break, allowing MacDonald-Korth to serve out his final home doubles match. The senior did just that as Oregon won the clinching game in four-straight points to pick up an 8-5 win and give Oregon an early lead.
“I was proud of how we competed in the doubles point,” head coach Nils Schyllander said. “Robin and Alex played great against one of the best pairings in the country to give us a lift early. It was fitting for Duncan to serve out the doubles point on Senior Day and give us the first point.”
Washington rallied back in singles play with straight-set wins at the top four spots. The comeback started with No. 48 Kyle McMorrow downing Cambier (6-3, 6-2) at the No. 2 match. The Huskies grabbed the lead with a victory from No. 120 Martin Kildahl (6-3, 6-4 over Jose Izquierdo ) at No. 3 singles and clinched the match with wins by No. 59 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (6-3, 6-1 over Rovello at No. 1) and Tobi Obenaus (6-4, 6-1 over MacDonald-Korth at No. 4).
Oregon did get a singles victory from Sho Higuchi , who outlasted Max Manthou in a super tiebreaker with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) win. Aaron Clissold also forced a deciding third set against Marton Bots, but Bots ultimately emerged with the victory (6-2, 3-6, 6-2).
The Ducks will be back on the court for the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., April 28 through May 1.
2011 Oregon Men's Tennis
#22 Washington 5, #69 Oregon 2
Washington vs Oregon (Apr 23, 2011)
Apr 23, 2011 at Eugene, Ore. (18th St. Courts)
|1. #59 NEDUNCHEZHIYAN, J. (WASH) def. ROVELLO, Alex (ORE) 6-3, 6-1|
|2. #48 MCMORROW, Kyle (WASH) def. CAMBIER, Robin (ORE) 6-3, 6-2|
|3. #120 KILDAHL, Martin (WASH) def. IZQUIERDO, Jose (ORE) 6-3, 6-4|
|4. OBENAUS, Tobi (WASH) def. MACDONALD-KORTH, D. (ORE) 6-4, 6-1|
|5. BOTS, Marton (WASH) def. CLISSOLD, Aaron (ORE) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2|
|6. HIGUCHI, Sho (ORE) def. MANTHOU, Max (WASH) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)|
|1. ROVELLO, Alex/CAMBIER, Robin (ORE) def. #25 MCMORROW, Kyle/NEDUNCHEZHIYAN, J. (WASH) 8-6|
|2. MACDONALD-KORTH, D./CLISSOLD, Aaron (ORE) def. KILDAHL, Martin/OBENAUS, Tobi (WASH) 8-5|
|3. BOTS, Marton/SCHMIDT, Daniel (WASH) def. IZQUIERDO, Jose/MAYEDA, Douglas (ORE) 8-3|
|Washington 17-8 (3-3 Pac-10); National ranking #22|
|Oregon 11-11 (1-5 Pac-10); National ranking #69|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,3,1,4,6)|