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Ducks Win Five-of-Six Singles Matches To Top No. 55 Denver, 5-2
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/10/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks defeated No. 55 Denver, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon in Eugene.

For the Ducks (10-1) it was their first win over a ranked opponent since they defeated No. 43 Utah, 4-3, on April 6, 2012.

Denver fell to 7-3 with the loss.

"I was really proud of the way we came out in singles play today," said head coach Paul Reber.  "We didn't play our best tennis in the doubles matches, especially in the one and three matches, but all six of our singles players played with great intensity and I was really happy about that.  It was a great win over a tough Denver team."

The Ducks failed to claim the doubles point for just the second time this year to start the day.  Oregon's lone win in doubles play came from senior Julia Metzger and junior Pascale Neubert, who have now won five-straight as a doubles combo, in the No. 2 slot.  Nicole Long and Patricia Skowronski fell 8-5 in the No. 1 match and Sofia Hager and Brooke Hughes dropped their No. 3 match, 8-4.

But in singles play, Long and Skowronski won in the No. 1 and No. 2 matches, respectively, to give the Ducks a 2-1 edge in the match.  For Long, her 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Sophia Bergner was her 15th-straight win.  She is now 18-2 overall.  Skowronski topped Caroline Schnell, 6-2, 6-3, to move to 9-2 in dual play.

Then, Metzger won her seventh-straight match to put Oregon up 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Emma Isberg in the No. 3 match.  Moments later, Hager sealed the Ducks' win with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 over Mandy van den Eerenbeemt.

A win by Lana Buttner in the No. 5 match and a tough three-set loss by Rabea Stueckemann in the No. 6 slot wrapped up the day.

The Ducks won both of their matches this weekend.  They beat Denver, 5-2, on Friday afternoon.

"We played very well in singles and doubles against BYU," Reber said.  "Overall it was a very good weekend.  I was a little nervous on Friday because I wasn't sure how we would come out after not playing a match in over two weeks but the girls put those nerves to rest right away.  Now, we have to get ready for conference play."

Oregon is now a perfect 9-0 at home this season, topping their best start since the 2004 team won eight-straight to start their home season.

The Ducks' victory over Denver sends the team into conference play nine games over .500 overall and 50-16 in dual singles matches.

Oregon next hits the hard court on Friday against Washington in Eugene.  Match time is slated for 12 p.m.

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