OJAI, Calif. – The Oregon men’s tennis team’s Pac-12 Championship run came to an end in the semifinals today at Libbey Park in Ojai, Calif. After notching two upsets in consecutive days, seventh-seeded Oregon fell, 4-0, Friday to second-seeded and fifth-ranked UCLA.
The Ducks reached the semifinals of the conference tournament for the first time in program history after defeating sixth-seeded Washington on Wednesday and third-seeded Stanford on Thursday. Oregon (17-9, 3-7) will now await its postseason fate, sitting on the bubble of its first NCAA berth since 2004. The NCAA Selection Show will be streamed on Tuesday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. (PT) at NCAA.com.
Boasting a lineup of two nationally ranked doubles teams and five ranked singles players, UCLA bested Oregon for the second time this season to reach the Pac-12 Championship finals. UCLA will meet top-ranked USC in the title match on Saturday at 4 p.m. (PT).
UCLA opened a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Joseph Di Gulio and Clay Thompson defeated UO’s Daniel Sardu and Jayson Amos, 8-5, in No. 3 doubles to get on the board first. UCLA won a hard-fought top doubles match to clinch the point. Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald, the 13th-ranked team in the nation, downed UO’s Robin Cambier and Kevin Farin, 8-6. Daan Maasland and Joey Swaysland trailed, 7-6, in No. 2 doubles.
The Bruins clinched the semifinal win with victories in No. 5, 4 and 1 singles. Karue Sell defeated UO’s Swaysland, 6-1, 6-1 in No. 5 singles, and Gage Brymer followed suit with a 6-2, 6-2, win over Sardu in the No. 4 match. Third-ranked Marcos Giron clinched the win in No. 1 singles, surviving a valiant effort against Oregon’s nationally ranked Cambier. Giron won, 6-3, 6-4.
Maasland was nearing a victory over a nationally ranked opponent, leading No. 33 McDonald, 7-5, 5-4, before the match was left unfinished. Amos won is first set against Di Gulio in No. 6 singles. Farin pulled level in the second set, 6-6, against the top-ranked player in the nation before the match was left unfinished.
With 50 wins in the past three seasons, head coach Nils Schyllander’s Ducks have posted the winningest three-year stretch in UO history since 1994-96.
Pac-12 Championship Semifinals
#2 UCLA (21-3, 7-1) 4, #7 Oregon (17-9, 3-7) 0
1. #13 Giron/McDonald (UCLA) def. #59 Cambier/Farin (UO) 8-6
2. Maasland/Swaysland (UO) vs. Puget/Sell (UCLA) 6-7, unfinished
3. Di Gulio/Thompson (UCLA) def. Sardu/Amos (UO) 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 1
1. #3 Marcos Giron (UCLA) def. #78 Robin Cambier (UO) 6-3, 6-4
2. Kevin Farin (UO) vs. #1 Clay Thompson (UCLA) 4-6, 6-6, unfinished
3. Daan Maasland (UO) vs. #33 Mackenzie McDonald (UCLA) 7-5, 5-4, unfinished
4. #93 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. Daniel Sardu (UO) 6-2, 6-2
5. #100 Karue Sell (UCLA) def. Joey Swaysland (UO) 6-1, 6-1
6. Jayson Amos (UO) vs. Joseph Di Giulio (UCLA) 6-3, 6-7 (4), unfinished
Order of finish: 5, 4, 1