EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon defeated Washington for the first time in 10 years and gathered beneath theCourt sign in celebration, capping an emotional night at the Student Tennis Center. The No. 43 UO men’s tennis team defeated the Huskies by a 4-1 count Friday in a milestone victory for the program.
In front of a standing room only crowd, the Ducks collected their first win over Washington since Feb. 29, 2004, and improved to 10-1 on the season. UO’s win streak improves to seven matches. After a grounded approach to the rivalry match, head coach Nils Schyllander admitted the victory carried significance.
“This was such an emotional win,” said Schyllander. “We’ve been swimming upstream against Washington for 10 years now. To finally break through and get it done is just an incredible feeling. I’m very proud of this team.”
Oregon claimed the doubles point with wins in the No. 2 and 3 spots, and won three straight set singles matches to end a streak of 17 straight losses to the Huskies.
The Ducks jumped out of the gates by seizing control of two doubles matches. Junior Joey Swaysland and sophomore Daan Maasland won the first six games in No. 2 doubles, while junior Daniel Sardu and freshman Jayson Amos jumped out to a 6-3 lead in the No. 3 spot.
UO got on the board first in the No. 2 match as Swaysland and Amos closed out an 8-2 victory over Viktor Farkas and Max Manthou. Sardu and Amos clinched the doubles point shortly after, topping Wendell Watanabe and Michael Chamerski by a final count of 8-4. The No. 1 match was left unfinished with Robin Cambier and Kevin Farin sporting a 7-5 lead on Emmett Egger and Jeff Hawke.
The Ducks have won the doubles point in 10-of-11 matches this season with a combined record of 21-5 (.808) this spring. Maasland and Swaysland improved their team-best spring doubles record to 8-1, while Sardu and Amos improved to 7-3.
In singles action, Oregon picked up wins in the No. 2, 5 and 6 matches to clinch the team victory. The Ducks improved their combined spring singles record to 47-6 (.887).
Amos continued to impress, putting Oregon ahead 2-0 with a victory in the No. 6 spot. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native defeated UW’s Daffra Sanon, 6-3, 6-4, to improve to 14-3 in singles play.
After the Huskies made it 2-1 with a victory at No. 4 singles, Farin won a hard-fought match in the No. 2 spot. The sophomore defeated Gal Hakak, 6-2, 7-5, and sent the crowd roaring in approval after clinching on match point. Farin is 14-4 this season in singles.
“This was an exciting match and the crowd was very large and supportive,” said Farin. “It was a tough fight from Washington, but we’re a good team and we played better. It’s a good team win.”
Sardu was one game away from taking No. 5 singles following Farin’s victory. Sardu quickly worked to match point, where UW’s Michael Chamerski double-faulted holding serve. Sardu raised his arms in celebration, and the Ducks rushed his court after clinching the rivalry win.
“This was a little more than a tennis match, being the last home match that Alex played last year,” said Schyllander, referring to Alex Rovello’s final match at the Student Tennis Center against UW on April 20, 2013. “We just wanted to finish the job for him.”
Cambier and Maasland each rallied to win the second set of their singles matches, but both were left unfinished following the clinching match. Cambier will wait until Sunday for his next opportunity to take the program singles wins record outright. He is currently sitting on 84 career wins, which is tied with Sven Swinnen for most all-time.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Ducks, who host 15th-ranked Boise State (9-2) on Sunday. Action will begin at 11 a.m. (PST) from the Student Tennis Center.
No. 43 Oregon (10-1) 4, Washington (6-5) 1
1. Cambier-Farin (ORE) vs. Egger-Hawke (UW) 7-5, UF
2. Swaysland-Maasland (ORE) def. Farkas-Manthou (UW) 8-2
3. Sardu-Amos (ORE) def. Watanabe-Chamerski (UW) 8-4
Order of finish: 2, 3
1. Robin Cambier (ORE) vs. Max Manthou (UW) 5-7, 6-2, 0-1, DNF
2. Kevin Farin (ORE) def. Gal Hakak (UW) 6-2, 7-5
3. Daan Maasland (ORE) vs. Jeff Hawke (UW) 3-6, 6-3, 0-1, DNF
4. Emmett Egger (UW) def. Joey Swaysland (ORE) 6-4, 6-3
5. Daniel Sardu (ORE) def. Michael Chamerski (UW) 6-4, 6-4
6. Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Daffra Sanon (UW) 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 6, 4, 2, 5