Ducks Fall to Top-Ranked Baylor in NCAA Second Round
WACO, Texas – The Ducks' 2021 season came to an end Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 loss to top-ranked and No. 2 overall seed Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Championship. Oregon finishes its 2021 campaign with a 17-7 record and the program's eighth NCAA appearance.
"I'm so proud of this team," head coach Nils Schyllander said. "I mean 'team' in every sense of the word for what they have accomplished this year, on and off the court. We have a remarkable group of young men. Today, we battled the No. 1 team in the country on its home court to the end. The belief was there all the way until (Baylor) got the decisive fourth point."
The Ducks have advanced to the second round in their last four NCAA appearances (2016, 2017, 2018, 2021). Five of Oregon's NCAA appearances have come under Schyllander's direction.
How It Happened: Baylor (31-4) won the opening point of the match with wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles.
The Ducks won the first sets at No. 2 and 5 singles with Joshua Charlton and Brandon Lam, respectively; each won in a tiebreaker. Charlton posted a 7-6(1) opening set over 11th-ranked Matias Soto while Lam won his first set 7-6(5) over Charlie Broom.
Baylor won the first sets on the other four courts, three of which decided by just one break. Play was interrupted by a lightning delay of over an hour that eventually pushed the remainder of the match indoors.
After dropping the first set to Sven Lah at No. 3 singles, Quinn Vandecasteele found himself in a second-set tiebreaker. The UO freshman recovered from an early 5-1 deficit in the breaker before Lah closed the match with a winner to give Baylor a 2-0 lead.
Within minutes, the Bears extended their lead to 3-0 with a straight-set win by Spencer Furman over Luke Vandecasteele at No. 6 singles.
At the time, Charlton and Lam were facing third sets and Jesper Klöv-Nilsson was deep in the second at No. 4 singles, looking to force a third frame of his own.
Baylor—and No. 21 Adrian Boitan—went on to clinch the match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Emmanuel Coste at the top spot. Charlton was tied 2-all with Soto in the third, Lam had yet to start play in the third and Klöv-Nilsson was tied at 4-all in the second against Nick Stachowiak.
"I would like to wish our seniors good luck in their future endeavors and thank them, on behalf of the entire Duck family, for all the hard work they have put into this program. Their efforts have raised the bar for future generations of Ducks."
Coste ends his UO career with 67 combined wins, six wins over ranked opponents including four this season and the 2018 ITA Northwest Regional singles title. Lam leaves the program with 50 wins during his two-year career at Oregon.
NCAA Championship – Second Round
#1 Baylor 4, #37 Oregon 0
Hurd Tennis Center (Waco, Texas)
1. #50 Charlton/Q. Vandecasteele (ORE) vs #9 Frantzen/Lah (BU) – 3-5 [unfinished]
2. #75 Soto/Stachowiak (BU) d. Coste/Klöv-Nilsson (ORE) – 6-3
3. Bass/Broom (BU) d. Lam/Matsushita (ORE) – 6-4
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. #21 Adrian Boitan (BU) d. Emmanuel Coste (ORE) – 6-4, 6-4
2. Joshua Charlton (ORE) v #11 Matias Soto (BU) – 7-6(1), 1-6, 2-2 [unfinished]
3. Sven Lah (BU) d. Quinn Vandecasteele (ORE) – 6-1, 7-6(5)
4. Jesper Klöv-Nilsson (ORE) vs Nick Stachowiak (BU) – 5-7, 4-4 [unfinished]
5. Brandon Lam (ORE) vs Charlie Broom (BU) – 7-6(4), 4-6 [unfinished]
6. Spencer Furman (BU) d. Luke Vandecasteele (ORE) – 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 1
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