May 14, 2016
Ducks� Run Halted at No. 11 Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. – After capturing the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win yesterday, the Oregon men’s tennis team gave No. 11 Oklahoma all it could handle in the second round. The Ducks’ efforts came up just short as they fell 4-2 to the Sooners Saturday afternoon at the Headington Family Tennis Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Oregon (19-8) once again captured the doubles point and gained early momentum behind wins on courts one and three. Forty-second ranked pair Jayson Amos and Armando Soemarno upset No. 25 Axel Alvarez Llamas and Andrew Harris in the top spot to grab their 18th win of the season. The two teams went back and forth all match until Amos and Soemarno broke to go up 5-4. From there, the duo held serve and won 6-4.
At No. 3, Cormac Clissold and Thomas Laurent jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Maxime Mora and Andre Biro. The Duck duo led 5-3 before the Sooner pair held to make it 5-4. Back on serve, Oregon sealed the 6-4 win and clinched the opening point of the match. The victory was the 15th straight for Clissold and Laurent, setting a new school record for consecutive wins.
In singles, Oklahoma (17-10) was able to tie up the match at No. 6 when Andre Biro defeated Ethan Young-Smith 6-1, 7-5. The Sooners then took two more matches to grab the 3-1 advantage. Jayson Amos fell 6-4, 6-4 on court four to No. 61 Alex Ghilea and Simon Stevens came within points of upsetting 25th-ranked Axel Alvarez Llamas at No. 2 before falling 6-2, 7-6 (9-7).
Thomas Laurent came back on court three to grab the second UO point of the day. After dropping the first set 6-1 to No. 82 Spencer Papa, the freshman took the second set, 6-3 and then broke a 3-all tie in the third to win it 6-3. It was his first career victory over a ranked opponent and he is now the only player in Oregon tennis history to have won multiple matches in the NCAA Tournament.
With play remaining on courts one and five, the Sooners were able to pick up a win in the top spot to seal the victory. No. 97 Andrew Harris and Daan Maasland were locked in a marathon first set tie break where Harris eventually held serve to take it 13-11. After being tied in 3-3 in the second set, Harris held and then broke to go up 5-3. Maasland showed his veteran leadership, breaking Harris to make it 5-4, however Harris was able to take the final game and clinch the win for the Sooners.
In the unfinished match, Cormac Clissold took the first set 7-5 over Florin Bragusi before falling 6-3 in the second. He was trailing 5-1 in the third when the match was called.
Nils Schyllander, Head Coach
On the match …
“We played to win, but in the end, we came up just short. It was a great match and we had many opportunities. I’m very proud of this team and how they’ve gone about competing all year.”
On the future …
“We’re going to be loaded again next year. This season was a lot of firsts for the program, but we’re going to keep building on that and keep moving the program in the right direction. We have a lot of youth on this team, but they’re going to be the experiences veterans next year. Having them along with the high-powered recruits we have coming in is going to make for an exciting year and I can’t wait to get started.”
CAPPING OFF A HISTORIC SEASON: Even though the ending is not what the Ducks wanted, they can hang their hats on putting together what is arguably the best season ever in program history. This year’s team reached new heights in the ITA rankings, slotted at No. 20, two separate times. Their 19 wins are the fourth-most all-time for a single season and they captured the program’s first ever NCAA win with the 4-1 victory over No. 23 Tulsa yesterday. Two different doubles pairs were ranked during the season with Amos/Soemarno coming in as high as No. 18 and Maasland/Stevens being placed at No. 60. In singles, Maasland became the highest ranked singles player under current head coach Nils Schyllander when he was ranked No. 49 and Amos received his first career ranking at No. 124.
MAASLAND LEAVES MARK ON PROGRAM: As one of three seniors departing from this year’s team, Daan Maasland will leave his name well-etched in the Oregon men’s tennis record book. The Geldrop, Netherlands-native is No. 3 in both singles and doubles career victories. He owns a 76-38 career singles record and has captured 71 doubles victories. This year, he and doubles partner Simon Stevens went 23-7, tying them with Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen for the third-best single season in program history. For their career, the two own a 29-10 overall record, good for the seventh best all time. Maasland was named to the All Pac-12 second team in 2015 and received his first conference player of the week recognition this year. He has also excelled in the classroom, garnering Pac-12 All-Academic second team honors a year ago.