Men's Tennis Set for Final Road Tests

April 10, 2003

EUGENE - The No. 61 Oregon men's tennis team will play its final road matches of the season this weekend in a pair of Pac-10 contests. The Ducks (8-9, 0-4) will play No. 4 UCLA Friday at 1:30 p.m. and then No. 23 USC on Saturday at noon.

The Ducks have lost their last four matches, all in Pac-10 play, entering this weekend. Oregon lost this past weekend at Arizona and Arizona State. Following the disappointing 5-2 loss to the Wildcats, the Ducks responded with a great effort against the Sun Devils, but came up just short, 4-3.

Manuel Kost, a sophomore from Kuessnacht, Switzerland, moved up 29 spots to No. 63 in this week's national singles rankings. Kost has won three straight matches, including a straight-set victory against then-No. 12 David Martin of Stanford.

Kost has carried his individual success into doubles play with partner Thomas Bieri, a freshman from Schoenenbuch, Switzerland. The pair has a 4-1 record since moving up to the No. 2 spot in doubles, with an overall record of 10-4.

Oregon will conclude its dual-match season at home against Washington on April 20 at noon. The Ducks will look to avenge a 6-1 loss to the Huskies in Seattle earlier this season. The match will take place outdoors at the 15th street courts, weather permitting.

The UCLA Bruins are currently ranked No. 4 in the nation, led by junior Tobias Clemens, who is ranked No. 5 in singles play. Four other Bruins are ranked in singles action - Chris Lam (35), Marcin Matkowski (40), Efran Djahangiri (64) and Rodrigo Grilli (120). In doubles action, Matkowski and Grilli form the No. 22 tandem, while Clemens and Lassi Ketola are the No. 38-ranked pair.

The USC Trojans, the defending national champions, are currently ranked No. 23 in the nation. Prakash Amitraj, ranked No. 53 in singles play, and Johan Berg, ranked No. 115, are the Trojans' ranked singles players. Amritraj and Daniel Langre form the No. 12 doubles team in the country.

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