May 3, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon men’s tennis team received an at-large bid into the 2016 NCAA Tournament, marking the second time in three years that the Ducks were selected to the 64-team field.
The top 16 seeds in the Tournament will play host to a four-team regional with the winners advancing to the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. for the remainder of the tournament. Oregon will head to Norman, Okla. to face Tulsa in the opening round on either May 13 or 14. If the Ducks win, they’ll play either host Oklahoma or UT Arlington the following day.
This year marks the second time under current head coach Nils Schyllander that Oregon has been selected for the tournament and the fifth time in school history. The 2014 team advanced to the Tournament, snapping a nine year drought.
The 2016 season has been one of the best in program history. The Ducks reached a national ranking of 20, the highest ever held by a Duck team, and have amassed 18 wins on the season, the most in 21 years.
Oregon finished in fifth-place in the conference, tying the 2015 and 2000 teams for the best Pac-12/10 finish. Two singles players were ranked by the ITA including senior Daan Maasland, who reached a career-best of No. 49, and junior Jayson Amos, who was slotted at No. 124 for his first career ranking.
In doubles, the Ducks have been nearly impossible to beat, only dropping the point three times during the season. Amos and freshman Armando Soemarno were ranked as high as No. 18 and Maasland and Simon Stevens were placed at No. 60 in the pre-season rankings. This spring, UO has an overall doubles record of 44-10, good for a .815 winning percentage.
This year’s team includes four players who have NCAA experience. Maasland, Amos and senior Brent Chin were all members of the 2014 team that was selected and senior transfer, Bartosz Sawicki, was a member of a Tennessee Vols team that advanced to the Tournament all three years he was a member.
The Pac-12 was well-represented in the field with six teams receiving bids. Oregon is joined by UCLA, USC, California, Stanford and Washington.
The entire 64-team field can be found here.