NCAA Football

Maasland, Laurent Recognized by Pac-12

June 7, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Two members of the Oregon men’s tennis team were honored by the Pac-12 for their play this past season.

Daan Maasland received All Pac-12 second team honors for the second straight year while freshman Thomas Laurent was honorable mention for his first career recognition. Maasland is the first Duck since Manuel Kost to garner second team honors in back-to-back years.

Maasland capped off his stellar four-year Oregon career with a 19-14 overall singles record, bringing him to 76 career wins, good for the third-most ever by a Duck. In doubles, he formed a formidable duo with Simon Stevens as they went 23-7, including 18-4 in dual matches. Their season tied them with Robin Cambier and Jeff Mullen for the third best single season in program history. For his career, Maasland has 71 doubles wins, slotting him at No. 3 in the record book for career wins.

“Daan has been an outstanding example of someone who has put in the work during his four years here at Oregon,” head coach Nils Schyllander said. “He has gotten better each year and this recognition shows that the coaches in the Pac-12 have noticed what a strong player he is.”

Thomas Laurent was one of four freshmen in the Pac-12 to be named honorable mention. Laurent joined the team in early January and stepped in as one of the top singles players on the team. The Montpellier, France-product went 19-6 in his first collegiate season, including 4-0 in the top spot and 9-5 at No. 2.

In doubles, Laurent formed the No. 3 team with sophomore Cormac Clissold. After the duo dropped their first match together, they put together a 15-match winning streak, breaking the school record. Laurent won both his singles matches during the Ducks’ NCAA Tournament run, becoming the only player in school history to have won multiple matches in the Tournament.

“We knew Thomas was going to be a special player coming in,” Schyllander said. “The way he was able to step in immediately speaks volumes about the kind of talent that he has. We are looking forward to seeing how much he is able to build upon this season and help our team for years to come.”

This is the third straight year that Oregon has had two members of the team recognized by the conference. In 2014, Robin Cambier (second team) and Kevin Farin (honorable mention) were recognized while last season featured Maasland (second team) and Simon Stevens (honorable mention).

This season was a historic one for the Oregon men’s tennis program as the Ducks went 19-8, marking the most wins for the team in 21 years and also won the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament match when they dismantled Tulsa, 4-1, in the opening round. In the final ITA rankings, UO was placed at No. 34, moving up four spots thanks to their victory over the Golden Hurricane. In doubles, Jayson Amos and Armando Soemarno jumped up 13 spots to No. 29. They ended the season with an upset win over Oklahoma’s 24th-ranked duo Axel Alvarez/Andrew Harris.

ALL PAC-12 HONORS

FIRST TEAM

Max de Vroome

Senior

USC

Tom Fawcett

Sophomore

Stanford

Andre Goransson

Junior

California

Florian Lakat

Junior

California

Mackenzie McDonald

Junior

UCLA

Martin Redlicki

Sophomore

UCLA

 

SECOND TEAM

Filip Bergevi

Junior

California

Gage Brymer

Junior

UCLA

Nick Crystal

Junior

USC

Billy Griffith

Sophomore

California

Daan Maasland

Senior

Oregon

Karue Sell

Senior

UCLA

Mitch Stewart

Sophomore

Washington

David Wilczynski

Sophomore

Stanford

HONORABLE MENTION

Naoki Takeda

Senior

Arizona

Thomas Laurent

Freshman

Oregon

Maciek Romanowicz

Senior

Stanford

Jake DeVine

Freshman

USC

Thibault Forget

Sophomore

USC

Logan Smith

Freshman

USC

Matt Cowley

Senior

Utah

David Micevski

Freshman

Utah

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