DUCKS CONTINUE HOMESTAND AGAINST GONZAGA, PORTLAND STATE
After beating Eastern Washington and Idaho by a combined score of 13-1, the Oregon Ducks continue their seven-match homestand to start the year on Friday against Gonzaga and Portland State. Gonzaga is playing its first match of the year; Portland State enters at 3-1.
Oregon lost just two matches all of last weekend — a singles match to Eastern Washington and a doubles match to Idaho.
LONG WINS SIXTH STRAIGHT SINGLES MATCH; NOW 8-2 OVER LAST 10
Sophomore Nicole Long went a combined 4-0 in singles and doubles play last weekend. In her two singles matches, Long won 23 more games than her opponents (24-1; 6-0, 6-0 on Friday, 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday) in the No. 2 and No. 4 slots. Long is now 8-2 over her last 10 singles matches and has won six in a row.
In doubles play, Long and teammate Patricia Skowronski won two matches last weekend, topping Eastern Washington, 8-1, on Friday and winning 8-6 in their match against Idaho.
SKOWRONSKI WINS FOUR MATCHES IN DUAL OPENERS
Senior Patricia Skowronski won both of her No. 1 singles matches against Eastern Washington and Idaho. After beating EWU’s Moira Hedberg comfortably (6-1, 6-1) on Friday, Skowronski trailed 5-2 in the opening set against Idaho’s Victoria Lozano on Saturday. Skowronski was able to rally off the next five games to take the first set before finishing off Lozano, 6-4, in the second set.
In doubles play, Skowronski teamed with Nicole Long to win 8-1 on Friday against Eastern Washington and 8-6 on Saturday versus Idaho.
METZGER HITTING HER STRIDE IN SINGLES PLAY
Senior Julia Metzger carries the team’s second-longest singles winning streak into the weekend. She has won three consecutive singles matches dating back to the final day of the Freeman Memorial on Jan. 20.
OREGON SEEKS FIRST 4-0 START SINCE 2010-11 SEASON
With victories over Gonzaga and Portland State on Friday, the Ducks would start 4-0 for the second time in three years. Oregon knocked off Portland State, Portland, Iowa State and Montana to start of its 2010-11 campaign but went just 3-15 the rest of the year to finish 7-15. The Ducks started 2-0 last season before losing their third match of the season to Santa Clara. Four consecutive wins to start the year would also match Oregon’s best start under head coach Paul Reber. In addition to the 2010-11 team, the 2006-07 Ducks started the season 4-0 on their way to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
REBER ALL-TIME AGAINST PORTLAND STATE, GONZAGA
The Ducks are 4-0 all-time against Portland State under head coach Paul Reber. It will be the first matchup against Gonzaga for the Ducks under Reber.
After playing two matches on Friday, the Ducks will play two more on Sunday at home against Air Force and Portland. Match times from the Oregon Student Tennis Center are slated for 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.