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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