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Dawgs Open Pac-12 Championship With Oregon Rematch
This will be the third meeting between the two programs this season with each team winning on their home court. The Dawgs (11-12, 2-5 Pac-12) most recently upset the 44th-ranked Ducks on Saturday, April 19, with a thrilling 4-3 victory to wrap up the regular season. Earlier in the year in a non-conference match, Oregon claimed a 4-1 win in Eugene ( Feb. 28). UW has won 18 of the last 19 matches between the two schools.
The Huskies entered the ITA rankings this week, coming in at No. 66, for their first national ranking since March 11. UW’s doubles pair of Emmett Egger and Jeff Hawke are also ranked at No. 78 and hold an 8-7 mark at number one doubles this season. The duo won four of their seven doubles matches in league play this season including wins over Cal’s Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton, who were ranked 19th at the time.
In singles action, Egger, who is No. 114 nationally, has a 4-3 record at the number one spot and most recently defeated 79th-ranked Robin Cambier of Oregon, 6-1, 6-4. The Dawgs have an overall singles record of 65-56 this season with Max Manthou, Egger, Viktor Farkas and Gal Hakak all posting at least 10 wins. Farkas has been holding down the number five spot with a 7-6 mark and a 10-7 record overall. Manthou is 7-1 at number two singles while Hakak is 10-12 overall.
ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon is currently 15-8 on the year finished Pac-12 play with a 1-6 mark, giving them the number seven seed at this week’s league championship. The Ducks, who have been ranked as high as No. 24 this year, dropped five spots to No. 49 in the latest ITA rankings after the loss at Washington this past weekend. Oregon's doubles pair of Robin Cambier and Kevin Farin are ranked 59th nationally while Cambier also comes in at No. 78 in the singles poll.
The format of the Pac-12 Tournament allows for double-byes for the top two teams (USC and UCLA), while the third and fourth seeds receive a single bye. The winner of the UW and Oregon match will face third-seeded Stanford on Thursday, also at 2 p.m. Utah and Arizona are the other first round matchup with their winner facing fourth-seeded California.