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Huskies Open Pac-12 Play With First Road Match

Mar 4, 2022


Saturday, Mar. 5, Eugene, Ore.
#67 Washington at #52 Oregon, 2 p.m.
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SEATTLE -- The Huskies leave the friendly confines of the Nordstrom Tennis Center for the first time since November this week, heading down to take on the rival Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. First serve between the Dawgs (9-3) and Ducks (6-4) will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 5, at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene.

The teams were scheduled to meet earlier this season, but that non-conference match in Seattle was rescheduled for April 6. That rescheduled match will remain a non-conference dual, with this Saturday's match the one counting towards the Pac-12 standings.

Washington has been at home for the first two months of dual play. Its last trip out of state was also to Eugene for the Oregon Invitational in November. UW also sent several players there for ITA Northwest Regionals in the fall, so the Dawgs are familiar with the Ducks' home.

Oregon is ranked 52nd in the latest ITA computer rankings. The Ducks and Huskies did both host Wisconsin last week, with Washington beating the Badgers, 5-2, a couple days after the Badgers beat the Ducks by the same score. Oregon's biggest win to date was a 4-3 upset of then-No. 21 Pepperdine in which the Ducks won the doubles point, then won at No. 1, No. 4, and No. 5 singles. Individually, Joshua Charlton ranks 81st in singles and Jesper Klov-Nilsson is No. 124. Charlton and Quinn Vandecasteele are one of the highest ranked doubles duos in the country, at No. 16.

The Huskies checked in at No. 67 in the ITA rankings this week, and will be looking for a second win over a currently ranked opponent, as last week's win over Wisconsin was the first. No new individual rankings were generated this week, so Clement Chidekh remains No. 1 in the nation, with Ewen Lumsden ranking 66th, and the doubles team of Chidekh and Nedim Suko at No. 36.