EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's tennis team claimed their first Pac-12 conference win by defeating the No. 43 ranked University of Utah Utes, 4-3, on Friday (Apr. 6) at the Student Tennis Center.
For Oregon (10-7, 1-6 Pac-12), it is their first win over a ranked opponent this year and extends Utah's conference losing streak to six.
"Our doubles was a high point," remarked women's head coach Paul Reber. "Being able to sweep all three shows the strides our doubles have made through the year. In singles we got off to great starts, giving everyone a lot of confidence to begin the match. A lot of credit goes to Patza (Skowronski) and Sofia (Hager) for taking care of business and getting off the court early and to our lone senior Trudie (du Toit) who clinched the match for us."
In doubles, the Ducks persevered behind the play of their No. 2 pairing of junior Julia Metzger and senior Trudie du Toit. After dropping the first game, Metzger and du Toit rattled off five in a row and eventually defeated Utah's Danielle Flores and Natasha Smith, 8-4. The No. 2 match clinched the doubles point after sophomores Rabea Stueckemann and Pascale Neubert teamed to take down Utah's Sarah Pham and Sammie Watson, 8-4, on court No. 3.
After getting off to a hot start in singles, Oregon cooled down allowing Utah back into the dual after being down 0-1 after the doubles. The Ducks and the Utes battled back and forth in singles without either team taking much of a lead until junior Patricia Skowronski, fresh off a couple of confidence-boosting doubles wins in the Bay Area, opened things up for the Ducks defeating Pham, 6-4, 6-1. Shortly after, Hager won her match over Utah's Danielle Flores, 6-4, 6-2 setting up du Toit to clinch the match at No. 3 singles beating the Ute's Callie Craig, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
"I'm really proud of how the girls prepared for the match and competed today," said Reber.
Oregon welcomes Colorado University tomorrow (Apr. 7) where they hope to hold the first outdoor match of the spring (weather permitting). The Buffaloes will be travelling from Seattle where they took on the Huskies of Washington on Friday (Apr. 6). The match is scheduled to begin at noon.
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