Nov. 13, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. --- The University of Portland's men's tennis team ended its fall schedule with a solid performance at the Duck Invitational hosted by the University of Oregon Nov. 11-12.
The Pilots went 14-12 overall on the weekend, highlighted by senior Alex Strom's performance in the "Green" singles draw. Strom (pictured) advanced to the semifinals after upsetting No. 2-seeded Verdasco from Oregon in straight sets (6-3, 6-2) and rallying past New Mexico's Miles Bugby 6-7(6), 7-5, 2-6. Strom then fell to No. 3 seed Graeme Kassautzki of New Mexico 3-6, 3-4. Sophomore Joel Kincaid also picked up a win in the "Green" draw, defeating Oregon's Gustavo Loza 6-3, 6-4 before dropping a three set match to No. 5 seed Xavier Barajas-Smith of Sacramento State.
Portland's doubles teams also performed well, advancing three teams to the quarterfinals. Kincaid and junior Charlie Yemm moved on to the semifinals where they fell to eventual champions and No. 1 seed Johnny Parkes and Bugby of New Mexico. In the previous round, senior Colby Jaeger and freshman Filip Zivkovic nearly defeated the top seeded Lobos, falling 8-9 in the quarterfinals.
In the "Yellow" singles draw, freshman Evan Schleining impressed by winning four matches to advance all the way to the finals before losing 2-6, 6-3, 3-6 to Timothy Lantin of Sacramento State.