After seven straight wins at the Student Tennis Center, the No. 34 Oregon men’s tennis team travels for a pair of fixtures on the road this week. The Ducks (11-1) will open with Portland (3-2) on Sunday at 2 p.m. (PST). The match will be held at the Mt. Park Racquet Club in Lake Oswego. UO will then travel to meet No. 45 Drake on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa. Action will get underway at 9:30 a.m. (PST) from the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
MARCH 7 MATCHES CANCELLED
UO’s scheduled double-header on March 7 against Montana State and Seattle has been cancelled. UO replaced the matches with a March 12 contest at Drake.
UO CLIMBS RANKINGS
Oregon improved nine spots to No. 34 in the latest ITA rankings - the second-best ranking in program history. UO was ranked No. 33 on March 12, 2013, after opening with an 11-1 record, the same record UO has this season. Oregon is the fourth-highest ranked team in the Pac-12, trailing only No. 2 UCLA, No. 5 USC and No. 14 California.
OREGON’S BIG WEEKEND
Head coach Nils Schyllander’s Ducks picked up a pair of milestone victories last week. Oregon opened by defeating Washington, 4-1, on Feb. 28 to claim its first win in the series since Feb. 28, 2004. Two days later, the Ducks stunned No. 15 Boise State (10-3) - the highest ranked team UO has ever defeated - by a 5-2 margin. Sophomore Kevin Farin went 3-0 on the weekend while junior Daniel Sardu clinched both matches. The Ducks improved their win streak to eight matches while staying perfect at home (8-0).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
The Pilots (3-2) improved their win streak to three matches after beating UNLV, 6-1, in a neutral match at Eugene. Portland, who went 10-12 last season, is 22-8 in singles and 9-6 in doubles this spring. Michel Hu Kwo is 3-0 at No. 1 singles, while Alex Ferrero leads the team with a 5-0 record.
Drake improved to No. 45 in the rankings after sweeping Graceland and No. 55 Iowa last week. The Bulldogs (7-4) have one opponent in common with UO; Boise State, who beat Drake by a 4-1 count. Matt Frost has a team-best 18-5 singles record, while Ben Lott is 17-7.
CAMBIER TO SET UO WINS RECORD WITH NEXT WIN
Senior Robin Cambier matched the program record for all-time singles wins against UNLV, and is set to become Oregon’s winningest singles player with his next victory. The Brussels, Belgium, native matched Sven Swinnen’s UO record of 84 all-time wins. Swinnen was a two-time All-American, competing between 2001-05. Cambier is 17-3 on the season with a career singles record of 84-36 (.700).
Freshman: 21-13 17-7
Sophomore: 24-9 18-12
Junior: 22-11 22-9
Senior: 17-3 27-9
Totals: 84-36 (.700) 84-37 (.694)
FARIN WINS FIRST CAREER PAC-12 WEEKLY ACCOLADE
Sophomore Kevin Farin has been named Pac-12 men’s tennis Player of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday. It marks Oregon’s third weekly award of the season and the first of Farin’s career. Farin went 2-0 at No. 2 singles, topping UW’s Gal Hakak (6-2, 7-5) and Boise State’s Nathan Sereke (6-3, 7-5). In No. 1 doubles, Farin and Robin Cambier defeated Boise State’s top doubles pairing handily, 8-3.
OREGON LEADS THE PAC-12 IN WINS
No. 34 Oregon leads the Pac-12 in wins (11) and winning percentage (.917). The Ducks are the fourth-highest ranked team in the league.
AMOS RIDING WIN STREAK
Freshman Jayson Amos has won eight straight singles matches and is 11-1 this spring. All of Amos’ wins this spring have been straight set decisions. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native is 15-3 on the season with the team’s second-best singles record.
DUCKS DOMINATING DOUBLES
The Ducks have taken the doubles point in 11-of-12 matches this spring, and are undefeated when doing so. The Ducks are a combined 23-6 (.793) in spring doubles. UO’s No. 2 team of Swaysland and Maasland lead the way at 9-1, while Cambier and Farin are 7-1 in the No. 1 spot. Sardu and Amos are 7-3 in No. 3 doubles.
CAMBIER RE-WRITES THE RECORD BOOKS
Senior Robin Cambier, Oregon’s all-time winningest player in combined singles and doubles, holds seven UO program records.
• Career singles wins: 84 (Tied w/ Sven Swinnen)
• Career singles & doubles wins: 157
• Season doubles wins: 29, with Jeff Mullen
• Career doubles wins by a team: 57, with Jeff Mullen.
• Career doubles wins: 78
• Consecutive singles wins: 15
• Consecutive doubles wins: 14, with Jeff Mullen.
DUCKS IN MIDST OF IMPRESSIVE RUN
The Ducks posted its winnigiest two-year stretch since the 1995-96 seasons after going 16-8 last season and 17-7 in 2012. Schyllander has coached at least three players to 20+ win singles seasons and a doubles team to a 25+ win season in each of the past two years. The Ducks have been consistently ranked by the ITA, and drew a best-ever No. 33 ranking last season.
Oregon will return home for a five-match home stand following the Drake contest, beginning on March 26 against Hawaii. UO will then open Pac-12 play by hosting USC on March 28.