Even a 13-2 pre-season record wasn’t enough to propel No. 26 Oregon men’s tennis to a win in it’s Pac-12 opener today, and the Ducks fell 4-1 to No.6 UCLA.
The loss dropped Oregon to 13-3, 0-1 Pac-12, before the Ducks finish off opening weekend against USC. Oregon opened the day with force, snapping up the doubles point over UCLA on No. 2 and No. 3 to take the 1-0 lead. It was Oregon’s tenth doubles win in a row. But the doubles point was the sole score Oregon would make on Friday.
UCLA’s No. 9-ranked singles player Mackenzie McDonald beat Oregon’s No. 94 Daan Maasland. The Bruins then took the 3-1 lead when Thomas Laurent was defeated by No. 49 Martin Redlicki. UCLA secured the final singles point of the night, and the Ducks were defeated for the second straight match.
Next up, Oregon takes on USC at home on Sunday at noon for its second match of conference play. Follow Madison Layton on Twitter @MadisonLayton01