LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sophomore Nicole Long beat UNLV’s Anett Ferenczi-Bako in the Flight Two singles semifinals on Saturday afternoon to advance to the championship match on Sunday at the Freeman Memorial in Las Vegas, Nev.
Long’s victory came in two sets (6-4, 6-1) and she will meet Stanford’s Natalie Dillon, who beat UNLV’s Alexis Garrett (6-1, 6-1), in Sunday’s championship.
“Nicole played great today,” said head coach Paul Reber. “It was a tough match and she was able to persevere. I’m really proud of her.”
Long, a sophomore, is in her first season with the Oregon tennis program. She competed at the University of Oklahoma during the 2011-12 season.
Elsewhere, senior Patricia Skowronski dropped a tough three-set match in the Flight One consolation round to sixth-seeded Whitney Kay (North Carolina), who entered the tournament ranked No. 21 in the nation.
“[Skowronski] put together a great match and played really well also,” Reber said. “Unfortunately, she just wasn’t able to pull another upset like yesterday. Kay was a great competitor.”
Skowronski beat Florida’s Danielle Collins, ranked No. 22 in the country, in yesterday’s Flight One opening round. Fellow senior Julia Metzger lost to eighth-seeded and 28th-ranked Zoe De Bruycker (North Carolina) in her consolation singles match, 6-2, 6-2.
In doubles consolation matches, Skowronski and Long beat UNLV’s Iren Kotseva and Aleksandra Josifoska, 8-3, and Sofia Hager teamed with Metzger to drop a tight 8-7 match to Janine Erasmus and Ferenczi-Bako of UNLV.
The Freeman Memorial concludes in Las Vegas, Nev., tomorrow afternoon.