HOUSTON, Tex.—The No. 33 University of Oregon men’s tennis team defeated the No. 53 Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders 4-1 Friday in Houston, Tex. at Rice University. The Ducks advance to 13-1 on the season, while the Islanders drop to 6-6. The match marked the first time the Ducks competed on outdoor courts this season.
“For the first outdoor match of the season, I was very pleased,” said head coach Nils Schyllander. “We fought our tails off, and it was a really solid battle. My hat goes off to Corpus Christi. They were very well coached and one of the hardest fighting teams I’ve ever seen. They really made us earn every single point out there.”
Oregon won its 14th consecutive doubles point Friday as the No. 1 and 3 duos defeated their opponents before the match on Court 2 was called early. Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen beat Gergo Weidinger and Peter Nagy 8-6 on Court 1, while Aaron Clissold and Daniel Sardu topped Matt Westmoreland and Andrew Maingot 8-2 in the third spot. Alex Rovello and Daan Maasland were leading Odon Barta and Guillaume Rauseo 7-5 before the Ducks had secured the doubles point and the match was called.
In singles, Peter Nagy defeated Oregon’s Jeff Mullen 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 1 spot, but the Ducks won their matches on Courts 2-4 to seal the victory. Cambier topped Weidinger 7-6(4), 6-4 on Court 2, while Rovello defeated Westmoreland 6-2, 6-2 and Maasland beat Ricardo Mayagoitia 6-1, 6-2. Sardu and Lova Randriamampandry’s matches in the fifth and sixth spots were cut short as the Ducks officially recorded the victory at 4-1.
The Ducks return to action tomorrow as they take on Rice at 12:00 p.m. A full recap with statistics from each match will be available following action Houston, Tex. on the UO athletics website, www.goducks.com.