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Ducks Set to Host Pair of Ranked Foes in Pac-12 Opener
Release Date: 03/05/2014
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EUGENE – After snapping its four-game losing skid with a win over Akron, the Oregon women’s tennis team prepare to host its first set of Pac-12 opponents in No. 44 Utah and No. 60 Colorado this weekend. The Ducks open with the Utes at noon on Friday, March 7, at the Student Tennis Center and then entertain the Buffs’ two days later at noon on Sunday, March 9.

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After using the Intercollegiate Tennis Association experimental scoring system since the start of the 2013-14 season, college tennis has now reverted back to its original pro set scoring system.

The Oregon women’s tennis team is slated to open its Pac-12 Conference play with No. 44 Utah at noon on Fri., March 7, at the Student Tennis Center. Head coach Paul Reber is 1-3 all-time against the Utes.

Utah enters the contest 6-2 on the season, having won its last match 6-1 over New Mexico. Utah opened its season with a loss to No. 37 St. Mary’s before the Utes reeled off five-straight victories. Utah then saw its five-match winning streak snapped in Albuquerque, N.M., in a neutral site match against No. 20 Oklahoma, 4-3.

Callie Craig leads the Utes in singles wins this season with a 15-6 overall mark and 15-5 record in dual play. Her 15-5 mark in dual play came from the No. 3 singles slot. Sarah Pham is second on the team with a 14-8 overall record and 12-7 mark in dual play. The senior is 10-7 playing in the second singles position while going 2-0 at the No. 1 singles slot.

Playing predominantly at the No. 1 singles position, Tereza Bekerova is 12-9 on the year and 11-8 in dual play. The junior is 8-8 in the No. 1 slot and 3-0 when playing in the No. 2 hole. Page Miles rounds out the list of Utah players with 10-plus wins with a 12-9 mark. The redshirt senior is 11-9 in dual play with an 11-8 mark at the No. 6 singles slot and 0-1 in the No 5 singles position.

The Ducks will face their second-straight ranked opponent when they entertain Colorado at noon on Sunday, March 9. The 60th-ranked Buff’s first take on No. 53 Washington State on Fri., March 7, before flying down to Eugene. The Buffaloes enter Sunday’s contest with a 7-4 mark in dual play, with a 0-3 record on the road. The Buffs’ however boast a 6-1 mark at home.

Colorado’s three-match win streak this season was capped off by its upset over No. 54 Wichita State, 4-2, before dropping its next match in Albuquerque, N.M. against New Mexico. CU rebounded two days later, defeating Ball State, 6-1, in a neutral match.

The Buffs’ are led by Julyette Steur, who holds a 9-2 mark in the No. 1 singles slot this season with a 15-5 overall mark. Alex Aiello is 8-3 at singles No. 2 and posts an 18-6 overall record. Playing mainly at the No. 4 singles slot, Nuria Ormeno Ruiz is 7-3 in dual play with an overall mark of 16-8. With a majority of her time at the No. 3 position, Winde Janssens is 6-5 in dual play with an overall mark of 10-9 to round out the CU players with double-digit wins.

Colorado’s pair of Ashley Tiefel and Steur are 13-4 in doubles play while posting an 8-2 mark at doubles No. 3. CU’s pair of Ormeno Ruiz and Janssens is 3-6 in the No. 1 doubles slot and 10-8 overall while Carla Manzi Tenorio and Aiello are 4-3 at No. 2 doubles and 8-6 overall.

The Ducks returned to the win column and snapped their four-match losing streak with a 6-1 win over Akron on Feb. 22 at the Student Tennis Center. Oregon claimed the doubles point after Lina Åkesson and Marlou Kluiving’s defeated Akron’s pair at No. 2 doubles, 8-2.

Lana Buttner and Sofia Hager continued to be Oregon’s most consistent pair, improving to 7-0 on the year in dual play with a dominant, 8-0, win over UA’s pair of Ksenia Berestetska and Caroline Harpaintner.

In singles play, Jasmine Minor grabbed the first point after UA’s Olga Shkundina retired in the second set. Kluiving was the next to finish, downing Marina Zerbola, 6-1, in both sets at No. 4 singles. Nicole Long gave Oregon its third point with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles over Karolina Makismava before Allie Hueffner clinched the victory with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Harpaintner in the No. 6 singles slot.

Buttner wasn’t able to get past Akron’s Ksenia Berestetska at No. 5 singles, falling 6-3, 6-2. Hager wrapped up the match for the Ducks with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Shannon Newnes to push Oregon’s record at home to 5-0.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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