Men's Tennis Begins Pac-10 Play

Feb. 27, 2003

EUGENE - The No. 65 Oregon men's tennis team will take its six-match winning streak into Seattle to face No. 10 Washington Friday at 4 p.m. The Ducks (7-1) will conclude the quick road trip by playing No. 55 Purdue Saturday at 2 p.m.

'This will be the most hostile environment we will play in,' head coach Chris Russell said. 'That's what college tennis is all about though. We typically play well against the Huskies. I think we'll be OK with it.'

Oded Teig, the new Oregon career leader in singles victories with 65, entered the national rankings this week at No. 79. He is undefeated since moving to the No. 2 spot in the lineup and making room for Manuel Kost. A sophomore from Kuessnacht, Switzerland, Kost is 5-1 since returning from an abdominal injury earlier this season.

A pair of freshmen, Thomas Bieri and Arron Spencer, have increased Oregon's depth in the singles lineup and have yet to lose a match in dual action. Bieri is 8-0 while playing at the No. 3 and No. 4 positions, while Spencer is 6-0 playing at the No. 5 position.

Doubles play has continued to be a strength for the Ducks this season, as the team has compiled an 18-6 record in dual matches. Sven Swinnen and Teig lead the team with a record of 7-1 at the No. 1 position and are currently ranked No. 15 in the nation. Bieri and Kost have won all four of their matches together at the No. 3 position.

The Huskies carry an undefeated record in their eight matches. Washington has three ranked singles players, including Alex Vlaski at No. 8 and Matt Hanlin at No. 14. Vlaski and teammate Ari Strasberg are currently ranked No. 55 in doubles play.

Purdue is led by the No. 53-ranked doubles team of Troy Havens and Scott Mayer, who have a dual-match record of 4-1. The Boilermakers (4-2) do not have any ranked singles players, but Havens has their best record in dual-match play at 5-1.

Oregon will play two more matches on the road the following weekend in Texas against No. 35 Rice and No. 12 Texas A&M.

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