EUGENE – Junior Nicole Long edged past Portland State’s Dane Vorster 10-8 in a super tiebreaker to grab the victory at No. 1 singles after dropping her first set 6-2. Long looked much sharper in the second set, winning 6-1 to force the tiebreaker. Junior transfer Jasmine Minor clinched the match for Oregon shortly after Long picked up her win, downing Sabina-Elena Preda 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 singles slot.
“I knew I had to dial in and use my points wisely,” said Long after going down 5-2 in the tiebreak. “I definitely used my mental game as an advantage to get back into it in the tiebreaker.”
“After losing my match yesterday, I said to myself this isn’t happening again,” Long said. “I wasn’t going to let someone come out firing and beat me. I just had to ride the waves until she started missing and regain my rhythm.”
With the win, No. 72 Oregon completed its weekend sweep of in-state foes with the 6-1 sweep of Portland State (0-1) Sunday evening at the Student Tennis Center.
The Ducks boosted their dual record to 4-0 in dual play with the victory, making it back-to-back seasons with a 4-0 start.
“It was a good match for us to test out the depth of our line up,” head coach Paul Reber said. “For Kadie and Maja both to play in their first dual match of their career is a great experience. We’re hoping they learn and grow from this experience. Nicole and Sofia’s opponents got off to a great start but they were able to ride the waves and turn the momentum onto their side.”
After having two of their three dual matches left unfinished, Long and Minor fired on all cylinders at the No. 1 singles position Sunday defeating Portland State’s pair of Vorster/Govi 6-1. Allie Hueffner and Kadie Hueffner held off a rally from the Vikings’ McDonald/Terakawa, prevailing 6-3 and gave Oregon the doubles point.
Maja Salibasic didn’t waste any time in her first singles dual match, downing Ayaka Terakawa 6-1, 6-4, and notched her first collegiate victory.
Senior Lana Buttner was dialed in her entire match, dropping just one game to defeat PSU’s Megan Govi 6-1, 6-0 at singles No. 4.
“For senior Lana to finish her singles match first in back-to-back matches really sets the tone for us as a team,” Reber said. “I also thought Jasmine getting up early in her match and staying on top helped give confidence to everyone in the building.”
Marina Todd of Portland State gave Sofia Hager some fight in the first set, but that didn’t faze the junior as she went on to win 6-4, 6-1 and gives her to a five-match winning streak.
K. Hueffner went down 7-5 to Alex McDonald but fought back to take the second set 6-2 to force a tiebreaker. McDonald jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead in the tiebreak but K. Hueffner battled back to knot it up at 4-4 until McDonald reeled off six-straight to claim Portland State’s only point with the 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-4) victory at the No. 5 spot in singles.
The Ducks now hit the road for a four-game road trip next week. Oregon heads to the Midwest first with a pair of matches in Iowa City, Iowa, against the Hawkeyes of Iowa on Fri., Feb. 7, followed by a neutral match against DePaul the next day on Sat., Feb. 8.
No. 72 Oregon Ducks (4-0) 6, Portland State Vikings (0-1) 1
No. 1 – Long/Minor (UO) def. Vorster/Govi (PSU) 6-1
No. 2 – Buttner/Akesson (UO) vs. Preda/Todd (PSU) Unf.
No. 3 – A. Hueffner/K. Hueffner def. McDonald/Terakawa (PSU) 6-3
Order of finish: 1, 3
No. 1 – Nicole Long (UO) def. Dane Vorster (PSU) 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 2 – Jasmine Minor (UO) def. Sabina-Elena Preda (PSU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 – Sofia Hager (UO) def. Marina Todd (PSU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 – Lana Buttner (UO) def. Megan Govi (PSU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 – Alexa McDonald (PSU) def. Kadie Hueffner (UO) 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-4)
No. 6 – Maja Salibasic (UO) def. Ayaka Terakawa (PSU) 6-1, 6-4
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 2, 6, 3, 5