DAVIS, Calif. -- Winning both the top singles and doubles flights, the University of Oregon men’s tennis team opened the fall season with a bang at the Aggie Invitational hosted by UC Davis. Oregon’s top-seeded Robin Cambier won the ITA Aggie singles bracket and teamed with sophomore Kevin Farin to win the ITA Aggie doubles bracket on Sunday at the Myra Welch Tennis Center.
Oregon posted a combined 21-10 record at the season-opening invitational, taking home hardware in two brackets. Cambier - a senior from Brussels, Belgium - had a perfect weekend, going 10-0 with titles in both singles and doubles. Cambier improved to second all-time in UO history with 72 career singles wins.
“I’m very pleased with the result one week into our fall season,” said head coach Nils Schyllander. “It shows that we’re starting in a very good place. Robin’s singles final might have been the best I’ve seen him play. He played at a high level for the entire invitational and this should give him a lot of confidence.”
The final day of action at UC Davis opened with doubles play, where the Ducks had two teams competing in the finals: Cambier and Farin in the main finals, and freshman Jayson Amos and junior Joey Swaysland in the consolation finals.
Competing against Portland’s Alex Ferrero and Ratan Gill, Cambier and Farin battled to an 8-5 victory, winning the bracket with a 5-0 record. The duo competed together in Belgium F9 events this summer and have carried the momentum state-side to open the fall season.
Amos and Swaysland fell to Alex Hamilton and Eric Cederwall of Pacific, 8-4, in the consolation finals.
Cambier and Farin each opened with three straight victories to reach the semifinals of the top singles bracket. Cambier defeated Nevada’s Andrew Poustie 6-3, 6-3 to move on to the finals. Against California’s Mads Engsted, Farin dropped the first set and forced extra games in the second, but fell short 6-4, 7-5.
Cambier and Engsted met in the finals in a battle between the top seeded players of the tournament, but Cambier wouldn’t let the match live up to the billing. He dominated Engsted in a straight-set victory, dropping only two games in a 6-2, 6-0 win.
Amos also reached the semifinals of the ITA Big West singles bracket, meeting UC Davis’ James Wade. Amos won the first set in extra games 7-6 (5), but Wade won the final two sets 6-2 and 6-4 to rally to the win.
Cambier (10-0), Farin (8-1) and Amos (5-3) led the Ducks in overall wins.
“We got to play a ton of matches this weekend, which is exactly what we needed,” said associate head coach Jonas Piibor. “We won the top singles and doubles flights, which is a great accomplishment. We will evaluate these matches and continue to improve as a team”
Next up for the Ducks will be the ITA Regionals, Oct. 18-22, in Moraga, Calif.
2013 Aggie Invitational
(1) Robin Cambier (ORE) def. (2) Mads Engsted (CAL) 6-2, 6-0
ITA Big West Singles