EUGENE – After completing the first leg of its nine-day six-match road swing in Arizona, the Oregon women’s tennis team now heads to UNLV for a quick non-conference match at 10 a.m. (PT) on Wednesday, March 26. The Ducks then head to Los Angeles for a pair of matches against No. 12 USC on Friday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. and will conclude their road trip with No. 2 UCLA on Saturday, March 29, at noon.
Saturday’s match against the Bruins will also be televised via the Pac-12 Networks. To find what channel the Pac-12 Network is for your cable provider, click here.
REBELS ON THE ROAD
Oregon opens the second leg of its nine-day six-match road trip with UNLV at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26. The Ducks will face the Lady Rebels for the first time since head coach Paul Reber took over the program in 2006.
UNLV comes into the match 7-7 on the year and 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference. The Lady Rebels have enjoyed success when playing at home at the Fertitta Tennis Complex, posting a 7-3 mark at home.
Lucia Batta has been a rock for UNLV all season, posting a 21-7 singles record with a 10-4 mark in dual play at the No. 1 singles slot. Batta was recently named the MWC player of the week for the ninth time in her career, tying the school and conference record for most awards in a career. Batta, who is ranked 58th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, earned her ninth POW honor after going 7-1 last week in the top spot in both singles and doubles for UNLV.
Santa Shumilina is the only other player on the Lady Rebel roster with double-digit wins, 11-10. Shumilina has split her time in at different positions since the start of dual play.
UNLV has been most successful at doubles No. 1 thanks to the play of Batta/Shumilina who have gone 8-3 in dual play and 9-5 overall.
WOMEN OF TROY AWAITS
The Ducks will face some of the nation’s best tennis players when they head to Southern California for a 1:30 p.m. contest on Friday, March 28. The 12th-ranked Women of Troy are 12-4 on the year and 3-0 in conference play while boasting a 5-2 mark at home. Its two losses at home have come at the hands of UCLA in a non-conference match up and Baylor, both of whom are currently ranked in the top-25 of the ITA rankings.
USC boasts four players ranked in singles action according to the ITA. Sabrina Santamaria is ranked 15th in the nation with a 10-6 singles record and 4-4 mark in dual play while Zoë Scandalis comes in at No. 26 on the ITA singles rankings with a 14-6 singles record. Giuliana Olmos, who is ranked 69th, is 13-8 on the year while Zoë Katz, who is ranked 90th, is 11-7 on the year to round out the last two players ranked in singles play for USC.
The Women of Troy also boasts three doubles teams that are ranked in the top-25 according to the ITA. Scandalis and Olmos is the highest ranked pair for USC, coming in at No. 7 with 22-7 doubles record. Brynn Boren and Katz come in at No. 12 in doubles play thanks to their 20-6 mark in doubles play and 8-2 record in dual play. Kaitlyn Christian and Santamaria – last year’s NCAA and Pac-12 doubles champions – check in at No. 22 with an 11-3record.
BAD NEWS BRUINS
The Pac-12 conference is filled with tough opponents up and down its list and UCLA is no different coming in at No. 2 on the ITA rankings. The Bruins are 15-1 on the year with a 3-0 record in Pac-12 play and posts an impressive 8-0 mark at home. UCLA has blanked its opponents in 10 of its 16 matches this year.
UCLA’s Robin Anderson (No. 4), Chanelle Van Nguyen (No. 11) and Jennifer Brady (No. 16) are all ranked in the top-25 and have a combined singles record of 53-14. Six of the Bruins 10 players have double-digit wins in singles play while the team as a whole is 100-41 on the year.
The Bruins have the top-ranked doubles pair in the nation in Jennifer Brady and Robin Anderson, who are 17-1 on the year and 8-0 in dual play at No. 1 singles. The pair is also 10-0 when against nationally ranked players. UCLA’s duo of Catherine Harrison and Kyle McPhillips is also ranked in the top-five, coming in at fifth in the nation with a 13-1 doubles mark. The two are 8-0 at doubles No. 2 and 3-0 when playing in the No. 1 slot.
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