EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 66 ranked University of Oregon women's tennis team are making their final preparations for the start of the 2012 Pac-12 Championships in conjunction with the 122nd annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament this Wednesday (Apr. 25). The five-day tournament takes place in Ojai, Calif. where the women will complete the first two rounds at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club before finishing off the championship at Libbey Park. The women's singles final match is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Sunday (Apr. 29) with the doubles immediately following.
The Ducks (12-9, 2-8 Pac-12) come into the Pac-12 Championships in ninth place based on conference regular season records meaning they will be allotted three singles competitors and one doubles team for entry. Five additional doubles teams will be selected by the Draw Committee before the start of play tomorrow. The women's singles and doubles competitions will be staged in opposition of a new men's format that will feature a team tournament culminating in a Pac-12 tournament champion. Similar to basketball, the men will have both a conference regular season champion and a conference tournament champion with the NCAA tournament automatic qualifying bid going to the tournament winner.
Oregon heads into the postseason behind the strength of their upper classmen. Juniors Julia Metzger and Patricia Skowronski along with senior Trudie du Toit account for over half of the teams total singles wins with 34. Metzger leads the way with an 11-10 record with 10 of her wins coming at No. 1 singles. Du Toit, a native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, has a team-high 12 singles victories this spring playing primarily at the No. 3 position. Skowronski rounds out the top of the Ducks' singles lineup with 11 wins of her own, all coming from the No. 2 spot.
The Ducks have received a boost from some of their younger players as well. Sophomore Pascale Neubert and freshman Sofia Hager have arguably played the best tennis of anyone on the team over the last two weeks of the season. Neubert rides a current three-match winning streak into the postseason while Hager has the highest winning percentage in her last 10 matches of anyone on the team at 6-4.
Hager also teams with Skowronski to form the No. 54 ranked doubles tandem in the country. The Oregon duo is 11-10, all at No. 1 doubles, including a 2-3 record over nationally ranked opponents. The Ducks will be hoping for one of the five additional doubles teams spots as their No. 2 doubles team of Metzger and du Toit have been playing at a very high level as of late. The combination of Metzger and du Toit has tallied a spring dual record of 13-7 and bring a five-match winning streak into the postseason.
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