Men's Tennis Opens Pac-10 Competition This Weekend
Jan. 24, 2001
The Ducks will start their 2001 Pac-10 competition against not only the best in the conference, but the best in the country. No. 1-ranked Stanford is led by David Martin with a No. 14 ranking, followed by 43rd-ranked Scotty Scott, No. 46 Scott Lipsky, No. 83 Ali Ansari, and No. 86 Carter Morris. The Cardinal's only ranked duo is Ansari and Scott, coming in at No. 32. The No. 32-ranked California Golden Bears feature No. 7 rankeds ophomore John Paul Fruttero and also freshman Balazs Versess at No. 22 and senior Adrian Barnes at No. 41. In doubles, Cal duo Scott Kintz (senior) and Barnes are currently ranked 36th, while the Stanford sophomore tandem, Robert Kowalczyk and Ben Miles, are ranked 46th.In last year's competition, the Ducks lost to Stanford, 6-1, with the sole point coming from former Oregon standout, Guillermo Carter, who defeated (at the time, sixth-ranked) Geoff Abrams, 7-6, 6-4. Oregon fell to California, 5-2, with the Ducks' only points coming from Oded Teig, who defeated Robert Kowalczyk, 6-3, 6-4, and former Oregon Duck Thomas Schneiter, who defeated John Paul Fruttero, 6-4, 6-4.
LAST WEEK'S ACTION
The Ducks made some great gains the Ice Volleys Classic over the weekend. On Friday, Oregon lost its first match to No.30-ranked Indiana State, 7-0. Despite the zero in the points column, the Ducks did win a match, Oregon's duo of senior David Becker and freshman Martin Pawlowski defeated the Sycamore's Jonas Piibor and Dalibor Mihajlovic, 8-6 at No. 1 doubles. On Saturday, the Ducks rallied and defeated North Carolina State, 5-2. The Ducks swept in singles and only lost 2 singles matches in the victory. Oregon's No. 1 doubles tandem of Becker and Pawlowski won their second straight match, defeating NC State's Matt Lucas and Brad Kilgore, 8-4.