Tough First Day for Men's Tennis at Pac-10 Championships

April 24, 2003

OJAI, Calif. - The No. 66 Oregon men's tennis team completed the first day of play at the Pac-10 Championships Thursday in Ojai, Calif. Unfortunately for the Ducks, only one player was able to advance past the first round in the championship draw.

Sophomore Manuel Kost, currently ranked No. 46 in singles play, won his first round match in straight sets against Arizona State's Chris Letcher, 6-2, 6-4. In the second round, No. 50-ranked Chris Lam of UCLA knocked off Kost, also in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

Three other Ducks competed in the championship draw at the tournament, with senior Oded Teig coming the closest to victory. Teig lost to California's Or Dekel, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, in what might have been Teig's final singles match of his collegiate career. Teig holds the Oregon career record for singles victories with 69.

Sven Swinnen played Washington's Matt Hanlin, the No. 27-ranked player in the nation, in the first round. Hanlin, who had just defeated Teig in a dual match, won the match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Washington's Alex Vlaski, ranked No. 18, defeated Thomas Bieri in the first round as well, 6-3, 6-1.

In the invitational draw, senior Jason Menke fought back from losing a tight first set to dominate the rest of his first round match and defeated Arizona's Tim Mullane, 5-7, 6-0, 6-2. Menke's run in the bracket ended in round two against Cal's No. 110-ranked Balazs Veress, who defeated Menke, 6-3, 6-2.

Chris King and Arron Spencer also played in the invitational draw for the Ducks, but both lost in the first round. Spencer lost to Stanford's Phil Sheng, 6-4, 6-4, while King lost to Cal's Wayne Wong, 6-2, 6-1.

The doubles action will begin Friday morning, with two Oregon pairs in the championship bracket. There will also be a one round backdraw for those who lost in the first round in singles action.

Championship First Round
Or Dekel (CAL) def. Oded Teig (UO), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 27 Matt Hanlin (UW) def. Sven Swinnen (UO), 6-3, 6-4
No. 18 Alex Vlaski (UW) def. Thomas Bieri (UO), 6-3, 6-1
No. 46 Manuel Kost (UO) def. Chris Letcher (ASU), 6-2, 6-4

Championship Second Round
No. 50 Chris Lam (UCLA) def. No. 46 Manuel Kost (UO), 6-2, 6-2

Invitational First Round
Jason Menke (UO) def. Tim Mullane (UA), 5-7, 6-0, 6-2
Phil Sheng (STAN) def. Arron Spencer (UO), 6-4, 6-4
Wayne Wong (CAL) def. Chris King (UO), 6-2, 6-1

Invitational Second Round
No. 110 Balazs Veress (CAL) def. Jason Menke (UO), 6-3, 6-2

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