Following its first victory over Washington in 10 years on Friday, the Ducks (11-1) stunned the Broncos (10-3) by a 5-2 count on Sunday at the Student Tennis Center. The Ducks remained undefeated at home and improved their win streak to eight matches following this milestone weekend for the program.
Better yet, Oregon solidified itself on the national scene and validated the growing prowess of the program.
“This is what we have been working for all these years,” said head coach Nils Schyllander. “The stars aligned for us this weekend. Our guys were firing on all cylinders and were not going to be denied in either match. They never backed off.”
Boise State, riding a nine-match win streak after winning the Blue Gray Classic, pulled within 3-2 while singles matches No. 4 and 6 went to a third set — providing yet another dramatic finish. Sardu, a junior from Sopron, Hungary, rallied from a set down by winning a second and third set. His victory clinched an Oregon win for the second time this weekend, as his teammates quickly stormed the court in celebration.
Sardu defeated Boise State’s Garrett Patton, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, to improve his record to 12-3.
With all eyes turned to the lone remaining match at No. 6 match, Jayson Amos made quick work of his third set to down Toby Mitchell, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. The freshman from Mission Viejo, Calif., is now 15-3 on the season and on pace for an incredible rookie campaign.
“Daniel and Jayson were both aggressive in the third set and got up a few breaks,” said Schyllander. “They put the pressure on their opponents because they never played it safe — they went after it.”
The Broncos opened singles play with a victory in the No. 5 match, leveling the score at 1-1. Sophomore Daan Maasland quickly reclaimed UO’s lead with a win in the No. 3 match. In another consistent display, Maasland defeated Thomas Tenreiro, 6-3, 6-3, to put Oregon in front 2-1. Maasland is 8-1 this spring in singles.
Sophomore Kevin Farin, who Schyllander likened to a man possessed following an undefeated weekend, earned a key win to give UO a 3-1 lead. The Belgium native defeated Nathan Sereke, 6-3, 7-5, in the No. 2 spot and improved his singles record to 15-4.
Boise State claimed wins in the No. 1 and 5 singles spots before Oregon closed by winning the final two matches to clinch the win.
Senior Robin Cambier and Farin opened doubles play with a decisive victory in the No. 1 spot. The duo won the first four games of the match and went on to defeat Brendan McClain and Patton, 8-3. Cambier and Farin improve their team-best doubles record to 15-2 and 7-1 in spring play.
The No. 2 and 3 matches each went to a tiebreaker as an important doubles point came down to the wire. Boise State’s Mitchell and Sereke rallied past Sardu and Amos in the No. 3 spot, winning the last two games to force a tiebreaker. Sardu and Amos fell in the tiebreaker, 7-5, leaving the doubles point up to the No. 2 match.
In a match where neither team led by more than a single game, Swaysland and Maasland’s No. 2 match went into a tiebreaker leveled at 7-7. The Ducks won six of the last eight points in the tiebreaker, winning 7-4 to win the doubles point for the Ducks. Swaysland and Maasland improve their spring record to 9-1.
Oregon has won the doubles point in 11-of-12 matches this season, remaining undefeated when winning the first point. The Ducks are a combined 23-6 (.793) in spring doubles. Oregon is also 51-8 (.864) in spring singles play.
Up next for the Ducks is a pair of road matches, starting with a match at Portland on Sunday, March 9. The Ducks and Pilots will get underway at 2 p.m. Oregon will then travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to take on No. 65 Drake on March 12 at 9:30 a.m. (PST).
No. 43 Oregon (11-1) 5, No. 15 Boise State (10-3) 2
1. Cambier-Farin (ORE) def. McClain-Patton (BSU) 8-3
2. Swaysland-Maasland (ORE) def. Bettles-Tenreiro (BSU) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Mitchell/Sereke (BSU) def. Sardu-Amos (ORE) 8-7 (7-5)
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1. #83 Andy Bettles (BSU) def. #68 Robin Cambier (ORE) 6-4, 7-5
2. Kevin Farin (ORE) def. Nathan Sereke (BSU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Daan Maasland (ORE) def. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Daniel Sardu (ORE) def. Garrett Patton (BSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Brendan McClain (BSU) def. Joey Swaysland (ORE) 6-2, 6-4
6. Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
Order of finish: 5, 3, 2, 1, 4, 6