BOISE, Idaho—The Oregon Ducks men’s tennis began competition at the Boise State Fall Classic on Friday. Several Ducks competed in singles and doubles and started the season off on a good note.
In the “blue flight” of the singles main draw, freshman Brent Chin won the first match of his collegiate career by defeating ISU’s Jamey Swiggart 7-6, 6-1 after having a first round bye. He is scheduled to face Montana’s Ethan Vaughn tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. MT. Sophomore Michael Schaeffer also had a first round bye and defeated Cincinnati’s Kyle Rapp 6-2, 6-3 in the second round. He will face Portland’s Paxton Deuel tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. Senior Aaron Clissold was the number two seed in this bracket and defeated Montana State’s Kenny Dodd 6-2, 6-4 after a first round bye. He will battle against Montana State’s Semion Branzburg tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
In the “orange flight” of the singles main draw, Oregon junior Alex Rovello was the number one seed as he is the only nationally ranked player in the entire tournament. After defeating Seattle University’s Kevin Lynch 6-2, 6-1 in the first round, he also beat Portland’s Alex Ferrero 7-6(1), 6-1 in the second round. He will face Gonzaga’s Alvaro Nazal tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Sophomore Daniel Sardu beat his first opponent in ISU’s Nate Gross 6-2, 6-3 before falling to Idaho’s fifth-seeded Abid Akbar 6-4, 7-6(4). Another UO freshman won his first collegiate match as sixth-seeded Daan Maasland took down Eastern Washington’s Tomas Aranguuiz 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Unfortunately, he then faltered against Seattle U’s Will Topp 6-2, 6-4.
Rovello and Maasland made up one doubles team for the Ducks in the “orange” doubles draw and the fourth-seeded duo took down Portland’s Guay and Andreasen 8-0 after a first round bye. Next, they are scheduled to face Abilene Christian’s Hach and Gesser. Clissold and Sardu are the second-seeded team in the bracket and beat Eastern Washington’s Koetje and Aranguiz 8-1 also after a first round bye. Their next opponents are ISU’s Norman and Gross.
In the “blue” doubles main draw bracket, Schaeffer and Chin made up the second-seeded team but fell to Idaho’s Fitchtel and Knox 8-4.
“We did a lot of good things today, but we have some work to do,” said associate head coach Jonas Piibor. “We have four matches tomorrow and we look to take the positives from today and carry them into the rest of the tournament and the season.”
The Ducks return to the courts tomorrow for the second day of the three-day Boise State Fall Classic. Check back on goducks.com for results after tomorrow’s action.
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