Ducks Win in 1st Round of Pac-12 Championship

OJAI, Calif. – The No. 50 Ducks (15-8) took care of business Tuesday afternoon at the Pac-12 Championships in their opening round match and defeated Arizona 4-1`at the Libbey Park Courts in Ojai, Calif. Simon Stevens provided the match-clincher for the Ducks, giving the freshman his 15th singles win in a row, bringing his overall record on the season to 20-3.

Oregon will go on to play No. 25 California tomorrow afternoon at noon (PT) in the quarterfinals.

How It Happened: Cormac Clissold and Jayson Amos were the first UO pair to put a doubles point on the board for the Ducks, winning their match on court two 8-4 over Arizona’s Jason Jaruvang and Trevor James. Daniel Sardu and Joey Swaysland picked up right where they left off from the UW match and pulled out an 8-6 victory over Will Kneale and Matt Dunn on court two, giving Oregon the 1-0 lead.

Amos opened singles play by crushing Shoki Kasahara 6-0, 6-0 on court four. The win is Amos’ third straight-set win in a row, bringing the Mission Viejo, Calif., native’s overall record to 23-9 on the year.

Oregon made it a 3-0 lead after Clissold took care of James with a similar emphatic straight-set victory (6-2, 6-0) on court five. After dropping his first four conference matches, the freshman has surged back into the season by winning three of his last four matches (one match did not finish). Arizona picked up their lone point when Sardu was unable to get past Jaruvang at the No. 2 spot, losing 6-4, 6-1.

Stevens closed the book on the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Kneale to give the Ducks their second-straight 4-1 win over Arizona.

No. 115 Daan Maasland led 3-2 in the first set over UA’s 62nd-ranked Naoki Takeda on court one, and Swaysland was close to winning (7-6 (1), 4-2) at the No. 6 spot when play was stopped.

The victory gives the Ducks six-straight victories over the Wildcats, with the Ducks limiting Arizona to just one point in the overall match in five out of their last six victories.

Amos Back in the Record Book: With his win today, Amos’ 23 wins puts him a tie for fifth place in UO tennis history for most wins in a single season. He was introduced to the record book last season in the same category when he won 24 matches (24-9), which put him in second.

Tall Task Awaits: The Ducks will move on to the next round to face No. 25 California. The Golden Bears are coming off a huge win to close the regular season after defeating their rival No. 26 Stanford 4-3 on The Farm. The win kept the Cardinal from winning the Pac-12 regular season title outright, and it came on senior day for Stanford who was honoring captains John Morrissey and Robert Stineman prior to the match. Cal’s Billy Griffith – who was returning to the lineup for the first time in three weeks – recorded the match-clincher over the Cardinal’s Nolan Paige.

Oregon lost 5-2 to the Golden Bears in Eugene a few weeks ago, but the match was closer than the score indicated. Tomorrow, keep an eye on the No. 1 position where two Pac-12 heavyweights – 115th-ranked Maasland and the Bear’s 29th-ranked Andre Goransson – will square off in a rematch that saw Goransson come back for the 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 win.

The match tomorrow will take place at noon (PT) at the Libbey Park Courts. Live scoring can be found HERE.

No. 5 Oregon? 4, No. 8 Arizona 1?

1. Daan Maasland/Simon Stevens (UO) vs. Naoki Takeda/Shoki Kasahara (UA), 7-7 (susp.)
2. Daniel Sardu/Joey Swaysland (UO) def. Will Kneale/Matt Dunn (UA), 8-6
3. Cormac Clissold/Jayson Amos (UO) def. Jason Jaruvang/Trevor James (UA), 8-4

Order of Finish: 3, 2

1. Daan Maasland (UO) vs. Naoki Takeda (UA), susp. (Maasland up 3-2)
2. Jason Jaruvang (UA) def. Daniel Sardu (UO), 6-4, 6-1
3. Simon Stevens (UO) def. Will Kneale (UA), 7-5, 6-2
4. Jayson Amos (UO) def. Shoki Kasahara (UA), 6-0, 6-0
5. Cormac Clissold (UO) def. Trevor James (UA), 6-2, 6-0
6. Joey Swaysland (UO) vs. Tano Zamorano (UA), susp. (Swaysland up 7-6(1), 4-2)

Order of Finish: 4, 5, 2, 3

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