DES MOINES, Iowa – Behind an inspired effort, the UO men’s tennis team snapped Drake’s 37-match home winning streak on Wednesday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The No. 30 Ducks (13-1) blanked the Bulldogs, 4-0, and improved to 4-1 this season against ranked opponents.
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 39 in the nation and were 3-1 against ranked teams in their last four matches. Despite a bout of sickness hitting members of the team before the match, the Ducks prevailed and improved their win streak to 10 matches.
Oregon claimed the doubles point and won the first three singles matches to hand Drake their first shutout loss of the season. UO has earned shutouts in 8-of-13 victories this season, and have posted 13 wins through 14 matches for the second consecutive season.
“In all my years of coaching, I’ve never been more proud of a team than today,” said head coach Nils Schyllander. “We were facing some adversity this week with a virus spreading through the team like a wildfire. For them to come out and give a complete team effort top-to-bottom was very impressive to see.”
Continuing its tradition of doubles dominance, Oregon jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind wins in the No. 1 and 3 doubles spots. Senior Robin Cambier and sophomore Kevin Farin improved their team-best record to 17-2, defeating Robin Goodman and Ben Lott, 8-3. Cambier and Farin have won eight straight matches at the top doubles position.
Junior Daniel Sardu and freshman Jayson Amos clinched the point in the No. 3 spot, defeating Matt Frost and Ravi Patel, 8-5. Sardu and Amos are 9-5 on the season. Junior Joey Swaysland and sophomore Daan Maasland’s tightly contested No. 2 match was left unfinished.
UO quickly won three straight-set singles matches to clinch the win, leaving the remaining matches unfinished. Cambier got on the board first, defeating Lott 6-4 in the first set and 6-3 in the second. He improves his record to 19-3 on the season, and is one win away from posting 20-win seasons in all four years as a Duck.
Amos gave the Ducks a 3-0 lead, defeating the reigning Missouri Valley Conference player of the week, Ben Mullis. Amos improved his team-best spring singles record to 13-1 with his 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Maasland won his eight straight singles match, clinching an Oregon shutout win with a victory in the No. 3 spot. The Geldrop, Netherlands, native defeated Robin Goodman – who is two wins away from reaching 100 on his career - 6-4, 6-2.
Farin (No. 2), Sardu (No. 4) and Swaysland (No. 5) each had their tightly-contested singles matches left unfinished.
UO will take a two-week break before returning to action, kicking off a five-match home stand. Oregon hosts Hawaii on Wednesday, March 26, at 1:30 p.m. The Ducks will then open Pac-12 play by hosting No. 4 USC (March 28), No. 3 UCLA (March 29), No. 53 Utah (April 4) and Arizona (April 5).
FINAL: No. 30 Oregon (13-1) 4, No. 39 Drake (9-5) 0
No. 1 Alen Salibasic (DU) leading Kevin Farin (UO), 7-6, 5-4 (40-15) unfinished
No. 2 No. 110 Robin Cambier (UO) def. Ben Lott (DU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Daan Maasland (UO) def. Robin Goodman (DU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Matt Frost (DU) leading Daniel Sardu (UO), 7-6 (4), 1-2 unfinished
No. 5 Ravi Patel (DU) leading Joey Swaysland (UO), 7-6 (3), 1-2 unfinished
No. 6 Jayson Amos (UO) def. Ben Mullis (DU), 6-3, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2,6,3
No. 1 Cambier/Farin (UO) def. Goodman/Lott (DU), 8-3
No. 2 Mullis/Salibasic (DU) leading Maasland/Swaysland (UO), 6-5 unfinished
No. 3 Amos/Sardu (UO) def. Frost/Patel (DU), 8-5
Order of Finish: 1,3