Men's Tennis Players Listed in First Mid-Season Rankings

Feb. 26, 2003

EUGENE - The Oregon men's tennis team (7-1) inched up one spot in the national rankings to No. 65, but some Ducks also appeared in the first mid-season individual rankings this year. Senior Oded Teig, Oregon's new career leader in singles victories with 65, appeared twice in the rankings - in singles at No. 79 and in doubles with sophomore Sven Swinnen at No. 15.

Teig has a 5-3 record in dual-match play, but also picked up a victory against then No. 35 David Loewenthal of Wake Forest in a mock dual in Hawaii. Teig is 3-0 since moving back to the No. 2 spot and just broke Lee Kirner's career record for singles victories this past weekend.

'It's great for Oded to be recognized for what he's accomplished,' Oregon head coach Chris Russell said.

Even more impressive for Teig has been his doubles play with Swinnen. In a mock dual against Illinois in January, Swinnen and Teig knocked off Michael Calkins and Amer Delic, the No. 2-ranked doubles team in the nation. The tandem is 7-1 in dual-match play and has won five matches in a row.

'If they don't get caught up with the rankings and stay focused, they can do some great things,' Russell said.

The Ducks have an excellent chance to move up in the rankings as a team this weekend by playing No. 10 Washington and No. 55 Purdue. Both matches will take place in Seattle.

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