Oregon Ducks Tennis

Oregon men’s tennis remains undefeated with victory over UC Santa Barbara

In what was a highly contentious affair with multiple players from both teams getting into verbal confrontations, it was Oregon who had the final say as the Ducks defeated UC Santa Barbara 6-1 on Monday morning.

With the win, Oregon extends its winning streak to three games to begin the season while UCSB, after suffering a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Washington two days prior, drops to 1-2 on the year.

The intense action began with the first serve and never stopped until the final point of the day was scored.

Oregon began the match by securing the lone doubles point on the day to take a 1-0 lead heading into the six singles games.

Joey Swaysland and Daan Maasland began the day with a win at the No. 2 doubles spot, securely beating Tobias Galskov and Miles Seemann of UCSB 6-3. The No. 3 doubles match between Oregon’s Daniel Sardu and Jayson Amos and the Gauchos’ Teague Hamilton and Andrew Riminton saw the Ducks win 6-5, including a nail-biting 11-9 tiebreaker for the final point.

Already leading 1-0, Oregon wasted no time adding to the lead with Sardu taking down Hamilton 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 5 singles match and Amos defeating Riminton 6-2 and 6-3 to win the No. 6 singles match.

The Ducks clinched the victory as Swaysland defeated Erik Johnsson 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 4 singles match. Swaysland victory was arguably one of the louder game sod the day as Johnsson was seen screaming, yelling and protesting to the officials many times about his shots being in when Swaysland called them out. Unfortunately for Johnsson, officials saw no wrongdoing in Swaysland’s calls, deeming his play honest en route to the win.

The Gauchos got on the board with a win at No. 3 singles when Alexander Gryaznov came from behind to defeat Maasland 0-6, 6-4, 6-4.

With each team’s best remaining players going at it, Oregon’s Kevin Farin defeated Ziad Sultan 6-5, 6-5 to win the No. 1 singles match. An official called both players together in the second set to calm them down and to quit bickering and arguing back and forth. Farin appeared to turn that meeting into momentum as he went on to win five of the next eight games to seize the victory.

Robin Cambier of the Ducks took on nationally ranked Galskov (No. 79). As the match went to three sets, it was Cambier who prevailed to win the tiebreaker. After losing the first set 5-6, Galskov responded with a sound 6-3 victory in set two to force the third set. Cambier finished the third and final set with a 6-4 victory.

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University of Oregon Holds Court Renaming Ceremony in Honor of Alex Rovello

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Alex Rovello Ceremony
Alex Rovello Ceremony | (Eric Evans/GoDucks)

A crowd of more than 200 including teammates, family and friends gathered Saturday at the Student Tennis Center in remembrance of Alex Rovello. Rovello, a star on the UO’s men’s tennis team, passed away after a tragic cliff diving accident on May 11, 2013, following his junior season with the Ducks.

The ceremony included speeches from Rovello’s father, Jim Rovello, Oregon head coach Nils Schyllander, athletic director Rob Mullens and more. With a $20 entrance fee and donations, over $1,600 was raised with all proceeds going to the UO Men’s Tennis Foundation and the Alex Rovello Award.

“He was a great tennis player, son, teammate and a remarkable person,” Mullens said. “He left his mark on this university in so many ways and it’s only appropriate that we are on this very court having this ceremony in his honor.”

To conclude his speech, Jim said there are three things he would tell his son Alex if he could see him again: “I love you, I’m so proud to be your father, and lastly, they put your name on the court – how about that?”

EDN sends its deepest condolences to all those who knew Rovello.

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Oregon Tennis Courts Dedicated to Alex Rovello Remembrance

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Alex Rovello
Alex Rovello | (GoDucks)

The University of Oregon, in remembrance of Alex Rovello, will re-name the Student Tennis Center in his memory. According to a release by the school, the center court on the north side – where Rovello played all of his indoor matches throughout his career – will be named in his honor. The naming ceremony will be held at the center Saturday, Nov. 9th, from 3-5 p.m.

“It is very important to honor the legacy of Alex Rovello and to make sure that it lives on,” said Nils Schyllander, UO head men’s tennis coach. “Alex gave so much to Oregon tennis and to tennis in the entire Pacific Northwest, but more importantly, he gave so much as a person. He will always be loved, and never forgotten.”

Rovello passed after a tragic diving accident on May 11, 2013, following his junior season with the Ducks. Over his career he posted 60 career singles wins and 53 doubles victories.

[gn_quote style=”1″]“To honor Alex with his own court is the most concrete way for us to show our love for him,” said Jonas Piibor, associate head coach. “Alex’s spirit will now forever live in the hearts of every UO tennis player.”[/gn_quote]

The attendance fee for the naming ceremony is $20 with proceeds going to the UO Men’s Tennis Foundation and the Alex Rovello Award. The school asks that all wishing to attend RSVP by October 25 by contacting Carlee Daub at 541-346-5857 or [email protected]. Walk-in tickets will be available the day of the event.

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