Men's Tennis Can't Overcome No. 21 USC, Drops 6-1 Match

April 13, 2001

LOS ANGELES - The University of Oregon men's tennis team lost 6-1 to 21st-ranked USC on Friday.

In singles play, the Ducks played tough at the Nos. 5 and 6 positions, led by sophomore Jason Menke's 6-1, 6-2 victory over USC's Garrett Wong. Oregon freshman Greg Dubourdieu battled Parker Collins, but lost 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (3).

'Greg has done a good job recently and has been competitive in every match,' sixth-year Oregon coach Chris Russell said. 'It's also great to see Jason get a straight-set win at No. 6.'

The Ducks, which have lost five in a row, drop to 8-11 and 0-5 in the Pac-10. USC improves to 12-6 and 2-4.

'We had some good individual performances today,' Russell said. 'We're going through some growing pains right now. We're trying to teach the guys to make better decisions.'

Oregon's No. 1 doubles duo of David Becker and Buck Mink were edged by Nick Rainey and Damien Spizzo 9-8.

The Ducks remain in Los Angeles as they take on the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, UCLA, Saturday at noon.

No. 21 USC 6, Oregon 1

1. Ryan Moore (USC) def. Oded Teig (UO), 6-1, 6-3
2. Damien Spizzo (USC) def. Martin Pawlowski (UO), 6-3, 6-0
3. Nick Rainey (USC) def. Buck Mink (UO), 6-0, 7-6
4. Ruben Torres USC) def. David Becker (UO), 6-2, 6-4
5. Parker Colllins (USC) def. Greg Dubourdieu (UO), 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (3)
6. Jason Menke (UO) def. Garrett Wong (USC), 6-1, 6-2

1. Rainey/Spizzo (USC) def. Becker/Mink (UO), 9-8
2. Moore/Torres (USC) def. Teig/Pawlowski (UO), 8-3
3. Collins/Scott Merryman (USC) def. Menke/Chris King (UO), 8-5

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