EUGENE – The time has finally come for the No. 71 ranked Oregon women’s tennis team as they enter the dual season. The Ducks kick things open with a two-match home-opener starting at 4 p.m. against South Carolina Upstate on Friday before entertaining Eastern Washington at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Both matches will be held on campus at the Student Tennis Center.
Fans in attendance can also pick up a copy of the 2014 women’s tennis poster.
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DUCKS OPEN DUAL SEASON WITH FRESH SLATE
After nursing some aches and injuries during the fall, the Oregon women’s tennis team has an opportunity to work with a blank slate for the start of the dual season. Oregon had five players play their first match this past weekend at the IU Winter Invitational and now open with dual matches just four days later.
The Ducks went 20-24 in singles play and 8-13 in doubles during the tournament season. Freshmen Lina Åkesson and Kadie Hueffner both posted 4-2 records in singles action while juniors Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor, as a pair, had the most wins in doubles play with three.
Oregon looks to continue its season-opening winning streak Friday versus South Carolina Upstate. The Ducks are 9-1 in season-openers since the 2004 season.FIRST TIMERS
Freshman Marlou Kluiving played in her first collegiate match ever at the IU Winter Invitational in a doubles match. The Eext, Netherlands native teamed up with senior Lana Buttner to notch her first career victory with a 7-5 victory over Abilene Christian’s pair.
Maja Salibasic also donned the Green and Yellow for the first time just 11 days after coming to Oregon from Lukavac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Salibasic paired up with fellow freshman Kadie Hueffner and won their mixed doubles match, 6-1, against Ansley Boarman of Abilene Christian and Aleeza Kanner of Marquette.SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans come to Eugene having dropped their season opener to Troy, 4-3. USC Upstate’s roster boasts a pair of seniors, juniors, freshmen and a lone sophomore.
USC Upstate finished last year 14-8 overall and 5-3 in the Atlantic Sun Conference – good for third-place – while posting a 7-2 record on the road. The Spartans made it to the semis last season at the conference tournament before falling to the No. 2 seed, North Florida, 4-0. South Carolina Upstate’s 6-3 victory over Kennesaw State in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament was its first Division I post-season victory in program history.
Taylor Cohen and Isabel von Stryk are the only two players returning for South Carolina Upstate that recorded 10-plus victories in singles play last season. Cohen finished last season 10-9 while von Stryk wrapped up her sophomore campaign 11-7.
In doubles action, the Spartans posted a 40-16 record, but lost their best doubles combo in Beeler/Kuerten who went 14-1. USC Upstate does return its second-best pair in Rojas/von Stryk who went 12-5 last season. The pair predominantly played in the No. 2 doubles slot and went 9-4 while going 3-1 in the other two spots.A LOOK AT THE EAGLES
The Eastern Washington Eagles open their season on the road in Eugene, facing South Carolina Upstate first on Saturday before taking on the Ducks. EWU’s roster includes five juniors and five freshmen.
The Eagles are in their second year under head coach Dustin Hinson who led Eastern Washington to a 6-16 finish his first season and 3-7 in the Big Sky Conference. EWU posted a 4-7 record on the road last year and went 1-3 playing at neutral sites.
Junior Moira Hedberg was the only Eagle to record double-digit wins – 14 – last season while fellow junior Alexis Filliol nearly missed the list with a 9-11 mark. Moira heads into EWU’s match against USC Upstate on Saturday with a four-game winning streak dating back to last year.
Chelsea Patton, a senior last year, and Hedberg led the Eagles in doubles play with a 9-5 mark while playing at the No. 1 position all season. The next closest pair for Eastern Washington was Rocio Norena and Filliol who came in at 4-4. Like Patton, Norena was also a senior last year.NEW FACES ON THE COURT
For the first time since the 2010 season, Oregon will have five freshmen on the roster. Lina Åkesson, Allie Hueffner, Kadie Hueffner, Marlou Kluiving and Maja Salibasic look to compete with the six upperclassmen for one of the six spots in singles action.
Åkesson hails from Bunkeflostrand, Sweden, where she compiled a 23-19 mark in the ITF junior girl’s circuit and reached as high as No. 562 in rankings. Allie and Kadie Hueffner come to Oregon having won back-to-back OSAA State Championships their junior and senior year in doubles play. Allie also compiled a 21-18 record in singles play competing in multiple United States Tennis Association matches while Kadie had a 23-15 mark.
Kluiving, a native of Eext, Netherlands, joins the Ducks with experience in the ITF circuit as well as experience with the Dutch National Team. She was ranked No. 46 in singles play and No. 40 for doubles in the Netherlands. Salibasic rounds out the group of freshmen for Oregon, hailing from Lukavac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was once the top-ranked junior player in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 10, 12, 14 and 16 under categories in addition to her experience in ITF tournaments.
BALANCED ROSTER FOR DUCKS IN 2014
The Oregon women’s tennis team will have a nice mix of upper classmen and underclassmen representation this year with a trio of seniors and juniors and five freshmen. Lana Buttner, Lana Buttner and Rabea Stueckemann represent the senior class while Sofia Hager, Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor.
REBER SIGNS TOBITA FOR 2015
Head coach Paul Reber announced the signing of five-star athlete Alyssa Tobita of Mililani High School. The Mililani, Hawaii, native is a three-time Hawaii High School Athletic Association champion. Tobita also led the Trojans to their sixth-straight Oahu Interscholastic Association title last spring, her third since attending Mililani. She enters the 2014 season, her senior campaign, seeking her fourth-straight singles title
NORTH CENTER COURT NAMED IN HONOR OF ALEX ROVELLO
In front of a crowd of over 200 friends, family, teammates and members of the UO community, the Oregon men’s tennis team hosted a court dedication ceremony in honor of Alex Rovello on Nov. 9, 2013, at the Student Tennis Center. The program officially named the center court on the north side of the facility the Alex Rovello Court, a fitting tribute to the remarkable career and life of Rovello, who passed away in a diving accident.