EUGENE, Ore. - Having dropped their first two Pac-12 conference matches, the No. 62 University of Oregon men's tennis team takes to the road to face Saint Mary's, No. 11 Stanford and No. 12 Cal this weekend (Apr. 5-7).
Oregon (14-3, 0-2 Pac-12) will take on the Gaels, Cardinal and Golden Bears in consecutive days in what surely will be a test of their conditioning and focus. All three duals will be held outdoors, something the Ducks have only experienced once this season on Mar. 16 against San Francisco.
After falling to No. 1 USC and No. 5 UCLA, the Ducks will be looking for rebound performances from the top of their singles lineup. Sophomore Robin Cambier saw his 15-match winning streak come to an end when he was defeated by UCLA's No. 30 ranked Nick Meister, 6-3, 6-1. Cambier's second loss of the spring came against USC's No. 23 Ray Sarmiento falling, 6-0, 6-1. The Brussels, Belgium-native leads Oregon in singles wins (15) and provides an energy boost from the No. 2 singles position.
Sophomore Alex Rovello is on a three-match losing streak at No. 1 singles. The Portland, Ore.-native is tied for second on the team with 12 victories, 10 of which have come at the No. 1 singles spot. Freshman Daniel Sardu fought hard in his match up with USC's No. 53 ranked Emilio Gomez. The match came down to a third set tiebreaker with Gomez getting the better of Sardu, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3, 10-6. Sardu is tied with Rovello with 12 singles wins on the year.
Saint Mary's heads into the week with a 4-12 record including an 0-2 record against nationally ranked opponents. The Gaels will take on Montana on Tuesday (Apr. 3) before facing the Ducks on Thursday (Apr. 5) at 1:30 p.m. Saint Mary's is led by redshirt junior Maxime Olivan who plays exclusively at No. 1 singles. The Toulouse, France native has accumulated an 8-8 record heading into their matchup with Montana.
Stanford (12-5, 2-0 Pac-12) heads into their matchup with Oregon ranked as the No. 11 team in the nation. The Cardinal are led by seniors Ryan Thacher and Bradley Klahn ranked No. 25 and No. 84 in singles play, respectively. Combined, the senior pairing makes up the No. 9 ranked doubles team in the country. In addition to Thacher and Klahn, Thacher is also ranked No. 53 in doubles when pairing with freshman John Morrissey. Stanford is coming off wins at both Arizona and Utah. The dual in Stanford, Calif. is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday (Apr. 6).
The No. 12 ranked Cal Golden Bears head into the weekend with a 9-7 overall record including a 2-0 Pac-12 conference record. Cal is riding a two-dual winning streak having defeated Utah and Arizona, 6-1 and 5-2, respectively on the road heading into their matchup with the Washington Huskies on Friday (Apr. 6). The Golden Bears are led by a trio of ranked singles player headed up by senior Nick Andrews. Andrews is the No. 76 singles player in the nation playing at No. 1 singles for Cal with a 5-7 record at the position. Sophomore Ben McLachlan and junior Carlos Cueto are ranked No. 37 and 39, respectively. In doubles, Andrews teams with junior Christoffer Konigsfeldt to be the No. 3 ranked doubles pairing having accumulated a spring record of 10-2, 17-4 overall. Cueto and McLachlan make up the No.33 ranked doubles team with a 9-2 duals record, 21-6 overall.
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