Men's Tennis Takes to the Desert

April 3, 2003

EUGENE - The Oregon men's tennis team, ranked No. 58 nationally, will try for its first Pac-10 win of the season against No. 52 Arizona and No. 40 Arizona State this weekend. The Ducks (8-7, 0-2) will play Friday in Tucson at 1:30 p.m. against the Wildcats (6-8, 0-2), then will play Saturday at noon in Tempe against the Sun Devils (6-9, 2-1).

Oregon is coming off a pair of tough losses to then-No. 7 California and then-No. 6 Stanford, each by the score of 6-1. Sophomore Manuel Kost, currently ranked No. 92 in singles play, provided the highlight of the weekend by defeating Stanford's No. 12 David Martin in straight sets. That same day in doubles action, Kost joined freshman Thoma Bieri to knock off Stanford's No. 27-ranked tandem of KC Corkery and James Pade.

The two matches will be Oregon's first two Pac-10 tests on the road. The Ducks have a 2-4 record away from Eugene, including dropping the last four matches, all to ranked opponents.

While Kost is the only Duck ranked in singles play, Sven Swinnen and Oded Teig form the No. 42-ranked doubles pair in the country. The tandem has a dual match record of 9-6, all at the No. 1 position. Also in doubles action, Bieri and Kost have won all three of their matches since moving up to the No. 2 position.

Arizona has no individual ranked players this week. Arizona State's top doubles team of Olivier Charroin and Chris Stewart dropped from No. 14 to No. 21 in the latest rankings. In singles play for the Sun Devils, Pim Van Mele moved into the rankings this week at No. 125.

Oregon will next play in Los Angeles against UCLA and USC. The Ducks' next and final home match of the season will come against Northwest rival Washington on April 20.

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