Men's Tennis Faces Tough L.A. Foes This Weekend

April 11, 2001

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This Weekend:

Fri., April 13 USC Los Angeles, Calif. 1:30 p.m.
Sat., April 14 UCLA Los Angeles, Calif. Noon

This weekend Oregon will take their road trip into California, to take on the No. 21-ranked USC Trojans and No. 1ranked UCLA Bruins.The top-ranked Bruins (17-1, 4-1 in Pac-10) suffered their sole season loss to No. 4-ranked Stanford on Friday, 4-3. However, UCLA rallied on Saturday to defeat No. 26-ranked California, 5-2. The No. 21-ranked Trojans (11-6, 1-4 in Pac-10) dropped two matches last weekend, falling to Stanford 4-2, and California 4-2.

The Ducks headed south to Arizona and Arizona State, falling to both schoolsand coming away with only two singles wins in Tempe. Sophomore Oded Tieg gained one win for the Ducks against ASU at No. 1 singles versus No. 69-ranked Nic Dubey, 6-4, 6-4. The other Oregon win came at No. 6 singles, as freshman Greg Dubourdieu defeated the Sun Devil's Jarrod Eckermann in a close match ending in a 10-6 tie-break, 6-7, 6-3, 10-6.

The Ducks will look to pick up their first Pac-10 victory as they finish up their regular season with five straight conference matches this month. Directly following that, Oregon will face the conference's best at the Pac-10 Championships, April 26-29.

The Ducks suffered losses to both schools at home, only taking one win per day against the then, No. 2 Bruins and the No. 19 Trojans. The 6-1 loss to UCLA proved an incomplete shut out thanks to a No. 1 singles win by then senior Guillermo Carter. Versus USC, Oregon did not gain any points in the 7-0 loss, but Carter and then freshman Leslie Eisinga did manage an 8-4, No. 1 doubles win.

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