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Oregon men’s tennis defeats No. 27 Dartmouth 4-0 in first round of NCAA Tournament

The No. 33 Oregon men’s tennis team kicked off its NCAA Tournament with an impressive 4-0 win over No. 27 Dartmouth.

The match marked the first top-30 win of the season for the Ducks, who have really hit their stride at the perfect time. Since the 4-3 loss to No. 13 USC on March 10, Oregon has now won eight of its last 11, including five against top-50 opponents.

The match started with the Ducks getting wins from the two and three positions in doubles. Ty Gentry and Simon Stevens got their now team-leading No. 24 win, downing Roko Glasnovic and Casey Ross 6-3. Armando Soemarno and Charles Roberts then won the doubles point by defeating Peter Conkin and Max Fliegner 6-4.

Akihiro Tanaka picked up his first career NCAA Tournament victory with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Dan Martin.

Thomas Laurent continued his winning ways, defeating No. 119 Charlie Broom, 6-3, 6-3. This marked Laurent’s fifth straight win and also his fourth straight over a ranked opponent.

Gentry closed out the sweep with a strong 6-4, 6-2 win. That victory was also Gentry’s first NCAA Tournament win.

Awaiting the Ducks in the next round will either be No. 50 Utah State or the host school, No. 8 TCU.

If Utah State is able to upset TCU, Oregon has shown the ability to dominate the Aggies, after beating them 4-0 on Feb. 28.

No matter the opponent, Oregon’s second round match of the NCAA Tournament will be tomorrow, Sunday, at 11 a.m.

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Maverick Pallack

Maverick Pallack

Maverick is an associate sports editor and reporter covering football, baseball, softball, track and field, women's tennis and men's tennis. You can follow him on Twitter @mavpallack or contact him at [email protected]