EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Brent Chin’s hard-fought singles victory capped another impressive showing from the Oregon men’s tennis team Sunday. Chin won in his dual debut and the Ducks (6-1) defeated Fresno State (2-3), 6-1, at the Student Tennis Center.
Head coach Nils Schyllander called on Chin to make his first appearance of the spring season. He didn’t disappoint, winning a tooth and nails No. 6 singles match, 6-4, 7-5, in the final and most competitive match of the day.
No. 51 Oregon clinched the doubles point and won 5-of-6 singles matches to cruise to another decisive win. The Ducks have won three straight matches, improving to 5-0 at home.
“Coach told me to warm up but I still wasn’t sure I was playing until after doubles,” said Chin, who went 3-2 in singles last fall. “I was excited to play. I came out a little tentative but settled down after winning the first set. It was a tough match and a good win.”
The Ducks won the doubles point for the third match in a row, winning at the No. 2 and 3 spots to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Daniel Sardu and freshman Jayson Amos got on the board first, besting Nikolas Papic and Eric Komati, 8-2, in the No. 3 match. Sardu and Amos improve to 5-1 this spring.
Junior Joey Swaysland and sophomore Daan Maasland clinched the doubles point with a No. 2 victory. The duo defeated Sam MacNeil and Alexandros Georgios Vakouftsis, 8-2, improving to 5-1 in dual doubles. The No. 1 doubles match was left unfinished with senior Robin Cambier and sophomore Kevin Farin ahead six games to three.
Oregon is a combined 13-3 (.813) in doubles this spring and has claimed the doubles point in 6-of-7 matches.
The Ducks quickly clinched the team victory by winning three straight singles matches. Cambier improved to 15-2, making quick work of his No. 1 match against Sam MacNeil. Cambier won in straight sets, dropping just one game; 6-1, 6-0. With 82 career wins, Cambier is just two away from tying the program record for all-time singles wins (84, Sven Swinnen).
Maasland was equally impressive, moving up to the No. 2 spot. He defeated Sai Kartik Nakireddi, 6-1, 6-1, to improve to 5-1 this spring.
Amos turned in another steady performance, handling Ethan Lopez in No. 5 singles. Amos won, 6-3, 6-2, becoming the third Duck to reach 10 singles wins this year. Amos' win put the Ducks ahead, 4-0, securing the team win.
Sardu added to Oregon's big advantage with a victory in the No. 4 match. The Sopron, Hungary, native defeated Nikolas Papic, 6-4, 6-3. Sardu is now 9-3 on the year in singles.
Fresno State earned its lone point with a win in No. 3 singles as Oregon’s Kevin Farin fell short despite winning the first set.
The Ducks improved their spring singles record to 32-5 (.865).
“Fresno State came out fighting hard and we were expecting that,” said Schyllander. “I was curious to see how we reacted after beating them easily Friday. I was a little worried we wouldn’t be focused. The guys did a good job of knowing what they were up against and executing well.”
Oregon returns to action next weekend, traveling to Albuquerque, N.M., for a pair of matches. The Ducks will meet Pacific (2-1) on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. (PT) before meeting New Mexico (7-2) on Feb. 9 at 12 p.m. (PT).
No. 51 Oregon (6-1) 6, Fresno State (2-3) 1
1. Cambier/Farin (ORE) vs. Vakouftsis/Darmstaedter (FS) 6-3, UF
2. Swaysland/Maasland (ORE) def. MacNeil/Vakouftsis (FS) 8-2
3. / (ORE) def. Papic/Komati (FS) 8-2
Order of finish: 3, 2, UF
1. Robin Cambier (ORE) def. Sam MacNeil (FS) 6-1, 6-0
2. Daan Maasland (ORE) def. Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FS) 6-1, 6-1
3. Eric Komati (FS) def. Kevin Farin (ORE) 2-6, 6-3, (10-2)
4. Daniel Sardu (ORE) def. Nikolas Papic (FS) 6-4, 6-3
5. Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Ethan Lopez (FS) 6-3, 6-2
6. Brent Chin (ORE) def. Alexandros Georgios Vakouftsis (FS) 6-4, 7-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 5, 4, 3, 6