Men's Tennis Begins Pac-10 Play this Weekend

March 27, 2003

EUGENE - The No. 56 Oregon men's tennis team hosts two perennial Pac-10 powers this weekend in No. 7 California and No. 6 Stanford. The Ducks (8-5, 0-0) host the Golden Bears (12-2, 0-0) Friday at 1:30 p.m., then play the Cardinal (12-2, 0-0) Saturday at noon.

All three teams will be playing their first matches that count towards Pac-10 standings. Oregon played Washington on the road earlier this season, but the match did not count as a Pac-10 contest.

The Ducks moved up 14 spots in this week's national rankings to No. 56, Oregon's highest ranking this season. Oregon's previous high was No. 66 two weeks ago.

In the individual rankings, Sven Swinnen and Oded Teig moved up seven spots to No. 42 in doubles play, while Manuel Kost is now ranked No. 92 in singles. Kost and Teig have shared time at the No. 1 position this season.

Oregon broke a four-match losing streak by sweeping UC Riverside Tuesday evening, 7-0. The Ducks had lost all four matches on the road to ranked teams, but did not lose a set in defeating the Highlanders.

Weather permitting, the matches will be played outdoors at the 15th St. Courts. The action will move indoors to the Student Tennis Center if the weather does not cooperate. If the matches are outdoors, live scoring will hopefully be available at It will definitely be available if the matches take place at the Student Tennis Center.

Mik Ledvonova debuted this week in the national singles rankings at 124. Ledvonova has a perfect 12-0 record in dual matches this season, playing at the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Conor Niland, with a cumulative record of 18-7, is ranked No. 50 and usually plays at the No. 1 position. Robert Kowalczyk rounds out Cal's trio of ranked players at No. 56. California's two losses have come against No. 1 Illinois and No. 2 Florida.

Stanford features four ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. Scott Lipsky and David Martin form the No. 4-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, while K.C. Corkery and James Pade make up the No. 30-ranked pair. Martin leads off the Cardinal with a ranking of No. 10, while Corkery (50), Sam Warburg (61) and Lipsky (68) are also ranked in singles play. Stanford has lost to California and No. 3 Baylor this season.

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