Oregon was firing on all cylinders in another impressive win, sweeping singles and winning the doubles point for the ninth time this season. The Ducks improved their win streak to six matches and remained undefeated at the Student Tennis Center.
In a tooth and nails No. 1 singles match, Cambier won a tiebreaker at the end of each set to equal Sven Swinnen’s UO record. Swinnen, a two-time All-American, won 84 matches between 2001-05. Cambier, a native of Brussels, Belgium, improves to 17-2 this season and will have the chance to break the record on Friday against Washington.
“My sister had been texting me about the record this week but I wasn’t focused on it,” said Cambier with a chuckle. “If I would have lost today and we still got the team win, I would have still been happy. It’s all about the team this year. It did feel great to get the win and match a big program record.”
The No. 1 singles match was the final of the afternoon, providing a dramatic finish to an otherwise never in doubt result. Against UNLV’s Ace Matias, Cambier rallied from two games down to tie the first set at six games all. He ran away with the tiebreaker, 7-3, to take set one. In set two, it was Matias who rallied this time, overturning a 3-0 deficit to force another tiebreaker. Cambier won four straight points in the tiebreaker to clinch the win, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6).
Cambier sports a team-best 17-2 singles record. He went 21-13 as a freshman, 24-9 as a sophomore and 22-11 last season. Cambier has six program records, and will make that seven with his next singles win.
“It just goes to show you what he’s achieved in his three and a half seasons here,” said head coach Nils Schyllander on Cambier’s record. “To tie the record with a tough win today and have the chance to break it against Washington, he couldn’t have scripted it any better.”
Oregon won the other five singles matches with ease. Freshman Jayson Amos put the Ducks on the board first, beating Willie Sublette, 6-0, 6-4, in No. 5 singles. Amos is now 13-3 this season in singles action. Sophomore Kevin Farin gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead, besting Denys Pume, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 2 spot.
Sophomore Brent Chin clinched the team victory with a dominating win in the No. 6 match. Chin dropped just one game against Ozzy Abraham, winning 6-1, 6-0, to improve to 6-3 on the year.
Sophomore Daan Maasland and junior Joey Swaysland worked fast as well, collecting a pair of straight set wins. Maasland defeated Tamas Batyi, 6-3, 6-2 to improve to 7-1 this spring in singles. Swaysland defeated UNLV’s Dimitar Petrov, 6-1, 6-2 in No. 4 singles to improve to 8-3.
Once down in all three doubles matches, Oregon made a thrilling rally to win 2-of-3 and claim the doubles point for the ninth time this season. After an easy No. 2 doubles victory, the No. 1 and 3 matches went to a tiebreaker as the doubles point came down to the wire.
Cambier and Farin clinched the doubles point with a huge rally against Matias and Pume. Once down 2-5, the Ducks rallied to tie the match at seven games apiece. Cambier and Farin dominated the tiebreaker, 7-3, to improve their team-best doubles record to 14-2.
Junior Daniel Sardu and Amos also rallied from a two-game deficit to force a tiebreaker in a marathon No. 3 match. UNLV’s Petrov and Batyi survived a lengthy tiebreaker, 13-11, to win 8-7.
Swaysland and Maasland avoided the dramatics of the final two matches, cruising to an 8-3 win. They trailed UNLV’s Sublette and Abraham 2-3, but won six straight games to win and improve their spring doubles record to 7-1.
“We came out a little sluggish and perhaps a little rusty after having time off,” said Schyllander. “We got better as the match went on and played confident and winning the doubles point.”
The Ducks return to action on Friday, Feb. 28, with its first Pac-12 match against rivals Washington. Action will get underway at 5 p.m. (PT) from the Student Tennis Center.
FINAL: Oregon (9-1) 7, UNLV (4-4) 0
1. Robin Cambier (UO) def. Ace Matias (UNLV) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6)
2. Kevin Farin (UO) def. Denys Pume (UNLV) 6-2, 6-1
3. Daan Maasland (UO) def. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) 6-3, 6-2
4. Joey Swaysland (UO) def. Dimitar Petrov (UNLV) 6-1, 6-2
5. Jayson Amos (UO) def. Willie Sublette (UNLV) 6-0, 6-4
6. Brent Chin (UO) def. Ozzy Abraham (UNLV) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 5, 2, 6, 3, 4, 1
1. Cambier/Farin (UO) def. Matias/Pume (UNLV) 8-7 (7-3)
2. Maasland/Swaysland (UO) def. Sublette/Abraham (UNLV) 8-3
3. Petrov/Batyi (UNLV) def. Sardu/Amos (UO) 8-7 (13-11)
Order of finish: 2, 1, 3