DUCKS RETURN HOME FOR FIRST MATCHES IN THREE WEEKS
The Oregon Ducks (8-1) return home to the Oregon Student Tennis Center for matches against Brigham Young (5-2) and No. 55 Denver (6-2) this weekend. After winning their first eight matches of the season, the Ducks are coming off a 4-3 loss at Akron on Feb. 17. However, Oregon is undefeated in Eugene this season (7-0).
SCHEDULE NOTES: BYU MATCH TO START AT 1 P.M., PAC-12 GAMES AT NOON
Originally scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Oregon will now play Brigham Young at 1 p.m. on March 8 in Eugene. Sunday’s (March 10) match against Denver will remain at 9:30 a.m. In addition, all Pac-12 Conference matches will begin at 12 p.m. this year. The first conference match is on March 15, when the Ducks host the 31st-ranked Washington Huskies at noon.
OREGON FACES BYU, DENVER FOR SECOND TIME UNDER REBER
The Oregon Ducks are 0-1 against BYU and 1-0 versus Denver all-time under head coach Paul Reber. The lone meeting between the Ducks and Cougars came on March 25, 2011 when BYU topped Oregon, 4-1. Oregon’s only meeting against Denver under Reber came in a 4-3 victory all the way back on Feb. 9, 2007. Both matches were played away from Eugene.
DUCKS IN THE MIDST OF BEST HOME WINNING STREAK SINCE 2004
The Ducks have won seven consecutive matches at home to open up the 2013 season and nine straight dating back to the end of the 2012 campaign. The seven-match winning streak matches the best start at home since the 2004 season, when Oregon won its first eight in Eugene.
LONG’S STREAK CONTINUES FOLLOWING OHIO TRIP
Despite Oregon’s loss to Akron, sophomore Nicole Long continued her impressive conference-leading winning streak by defeating Prang Pantusart in the No. 2 match in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Long has won 13 straight singles matches and is 16-2 overall.
BUTTNER ECLIPSES SINGLES WIN TOTAL FROM A YEAR AGO
Junior Lana Buttner is 8-5 overall in singles matches this year, already topping her seven wins from the 2012 spring. A year ago, Buttner finished 7-9 and was 2-4 in dual matches and 5-5 in tournament play. Buttner is already 6-2 in dual matches this year and is 2-3 in tournament play. Her three-set victory on Feb. 16 against East Tennessee State sealed the match for Oregon.
METZGER PUTS TOGETHER SUCCESSFUL HOMECOMING
Oregon senior Julia Metzger, a native of Perrysburg, Ohio, went 2-0 in singles play on Feb. 16 and 17 in Akron, Ohio. On Feb. 16, Metzger beat East Tennessee State’s Anna Gerbasi, 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 3 match and followed the win up by recording another No. 3 singles win against Akron’s Angelika Jogasuria (6-3, 6-1) the next day. Metzger is 7-1 in dual play, has won five straight matches and has not lost since the Feb. 1 match against Gonzaga.
DUCKS CLIMB TO 28-OVER .500 IN SINGLES PLAY
The Oregon Ducks are a combined 41-13 (.759) in dual singles matches through their first eight matches of the year. Last season, Oregon went a combined 67-59 (.532) in dual singles matches. In doubles play, the Ducks are a combined 17-5 (.773) through eight matches, 20 wins shy of matching last year’s mark of 37-26 (.587).