EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon fell to fifth-ranked UCLA on Saturday, competing against a top five ranked opponent for the second time in as many days. The Bruins downed Oregon, 4-0, at the Student Tennis Center.
After defeating Hawaii earlier in the week, head coach Nils Schyllander’s squad opened Pac-12 play with the brunt of the schedule. Playing top-ranked USC and No. 5 UCLA in consecutive days, UO’s 11-match winning streak came to an end despite high efforts in both matches.
“We clawed our way back into a lot of matches and I was proud of the way they played to win, but unfortunately they didn’t,” said Schyllander. “We were in a great position in doubles but backed off a bit when we were about to close it out. That definitely took some momentum away from us heading into singles.”
The match opened with a vital doubles point coming down to the wire. After Oregon took an advantage by winning No. 2 doubles, the remaining two matches came down to a nerve-wracking finish. The Bruins won the final two games to win No. 3 doubles and leveled the match. Meanwhile, senior Robin Cambier and sophomore Kevin Farin’s thrilling No. 1 doubles match went into a tiebreaker. UCLA’s Marcos Giron and Karue Sell prevailed, 8-7 (7-2), to take a 1-0 lead.
Junior Joey Swaysland and sophomore Daan Maasland earned UO’s lone doubles win, downing Clay Thompson and Joseph Di Giulio, 8-5. The Ducks took a two-game lead in the match and were able to maintain that cushion all the way through. Maasland and Swaysland improve to 11-1 in spring doubles.
UCLA won three singles matches in straight sets to clinch the team victory, and elected to leave the remaining matches unfinished.
After defeating the third-ranked player in the country, Ray Sarmiento, Friday in a loss to USC, Cambier was in the mix for another big win against a ranked opponent. Cambier dropped his first set against sixth-ranked Giron, 6-3. The Brussels, Belgium, native took a 5-2 lead in the second set to seize momentum, but the match was left unfinished once UCLA clinched the team win.
Cambier has a team-best 20-4 singles record this season. His 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, win over Sarmiento clinched his fourth straight 20-win singles season.
UCLA took a 2-0 lead in the match with a win in No. 1 singles. Against the top-ranked player in the country, Clay Thompson, Farin won four games in each set in a quality showing, albeit in a loss. The Bruins added to their advantage with a win in No. 4 singles before clinching the team win in No. 3 singles.
Cambier, freshman Jayson Amos and Swaysland each had their singles matches left unfinished.
“We fought our hardest and were in every match this weekend, and I was proud that we never looked out of it,” said Amos. “We played well and had our chances. I thought it was a much closer match than the score indicated.”
The Ducks return to action next week, hosting their final two home matches of the season. UO will meet Utah on Friday, April 4, at 1:30 p.m. (PST). The Ducks host Arizona on Saturday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. before playing their final four matches away from home.
No. 5 UCLA (15-2) 4, No. 27 Oregon (14-3) 0
1. Giron/Sell (UCLA) def. Cambier/Farin (ORE) 8-7 (7-2)
2. Swaysland/Maasland (ORE) def. Thompson/DiGiulio (UCLA) 8-5
3. McDonald/Brymer (UCLA) def. Sardu/Amos (ORE) 8-6
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) def. Kevin Farin (ORE) 6-4, 6-4
2. #110 Robin Cambier (ORE) vs. #6 Marcos Giron (UCLA) 3-6, 5-2, unfinished
3. #33 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) def. Daan Maasland (ORE) 6-1, 7-5
4. #73 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Daniel Sardu (ORE) 6-4, 6-0
5. Joey Swaysland (ORE) vs. #83 Karue Sell (UCLA) 4-6, 2-4, unfinished
6. Jayson Amos (ORE) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-7 (5), 1-2, unfinished
Order of finish: 1, 4, 3