SEATTLE -- Washington won the final two singles matches in three sets to down the Oregon men’s tennis team, 4-3, Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle. The Ducks (15-8, 1-6) won the doubles point and took a 3-2 lead behind singles wins in the No. 3 and 6 matches before Washington rallied to a dramatic victory in both squads’ regular season finale.
Washington avenged its nonconference loss to Oregon earlier this season, when the Ducks notched their first win in the series in 10 years with a 4-1 decision on Feb. 28 in Eugene. Revenge will now likely be in Oregon’s court for the upcoming Pac-12 Championships, as the Huskies and Ducks appear poised for the tournament’s No. 6 and 7 seeds - pitting them together in a first round match. The Pac-12 Championships will be held in Ojai, Calif., from April 23-27.
With wins in the No. 1 and 3 matches, UO took an early one-point lead. The Ducks won the doubles point in 18-of-23 matches in the regular season. Fresh off their first national doubles ranking of the season, senior Robin Cambier and sophomore Kevin Farin defeated Emmett Egger and Jeff Hawke, 8-6, in the top match. The duo, ranked No. 64 nationally, improved their team-best doubles record to 22-5 this season.
Junior Daniel Sardu and freshman Jayson Amos won a dramatic No. 3 doubles match in a tiebreaker to clinch the opening point. Tied at seven games apiece against UW’s Michael Chamerski and Wendell Watanabe, the Oregon tandem won the tiebreaker, 7-2. Sardu and Amos close the regular season with a 15-7 record in the third doubles position.
Egger and Viktor Farkas gave the Huskies a 2-1 lead with wins in the No. 1 and 5 singles matches. Freshman Jayson Amos leveled the match at two points all, winning a No. 6 match in straight sets. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native defeated Chamerski, 6-2, 6-3, and improved his singles record to 21-5. His 21-win season ranks 10th best in UO history, a mark shared with Cambier, who closed the regular season with a 21-9 record.
Sophomore Daan Maasland battled to a hard-fought two-set victory in the third spot, downing Gal Hakak, 7-6, 6-4. The Geldrop, Netherlands, native enters the postseason with a 13-5 singles mark this spring. Behind Maasland’s victory, Oregon took a 3-2 advantage and forced Washington into a must-win scenario for the remaining two matches.
The Huskies came up clutch, and leveled the match behind senior Max Manthou’s No. 2 singles win. Jeff Hawke clinched the dramatic victory for UW with a win in the No. 4 spot, winning the third set in an extra game.
Oregon closes the regular season with a number of positives, including reaching the 15-win plateau for the third straight season.
First round matches at the Pac-12 Championships will get underway April 23. The title match will be televised live by the Pac-12 Networks at 5 p.m. (PT) on April 27.
Washington (11-12, 2-5) 4, No. 44 Oregon (15-8, 1-6) 3
1. #64 Cambier/Farin (ORE) def. Egger/Hawke (UW) 8-6
2. Swaysland/Maasland (ORE) vs. Farkas/Manthou (UW) 7-5, susp.
3. Sardu/Amos (ORE) def. Chamerski/Watanabe (UW) 8-7 (7)
Order of finish: 1, 3
1. Emmett Egger (UW) def. #79 Robin Cambier (ORE) 6-1, 6-4
2. Max Manthou (UW) def. Kevin Farin (ORE) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
3. Daan Maasland (ORE) def. Gal Hakak (UW) 7-6 (5), 6-4
4. Jeff Hawke (UW) def. Daniel Sardu (ORE) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3)
5. Viktor Farkas (UW) def. Joey Swaysland (ORE) 6-3, 6-0
6. Jayson Amos (ORE) def. Michael Chamerski (UW) 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 5, 6, 3, 2, 4