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Ducks Wrap Up Regular Season in Moscow and Pullman
Release Date: 04/16/2014
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EUGENE – With the season winding down, the Oregon women’s tennis team is set to head north for their last two matches of the regular season against Idaho and No. 45 Washington State. The Ducks are slated to first take on the Vandals at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 18, at the Memorial Gym Tennis Courts. UO is then set to wrap up conference play against the Cougars at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, in the Hollingberry Fieldhouse.

UO looks to put a halt to its six-match losing skid and end the season on a high note. The last singles match the Ducks won was back on March 26 when Sofia Hager defeated Iren Kotseva from UNLV at singles No. 3.

The Ducks honored three seniors last Sunday before their match against California at the outdoor courts. Lana Buttner, Lena Macomson and Rabea Stueckemann participated in their last home match donning the Thunder Green and Lightning Yellow.

UO is set to take on Idaho in its second to last match of the regular season on Friday, April 18, at 1 p.m. (PT). The Vandals are 4-0 on the year at home at the Memorial Gym Tennis Courts. The Vandals are 16-4 on the year and hold a 3-1 mark in the Western Athletic Conference.

Idaho was handed its first loss in conference play by New Mexico State this past Sunday, 4-3. Before that, UI was on a six-match winning streak. The Vandals at one point were riding an 11-match win-streak before dropping two-straight to Hawaii and Portland. Idaho’s only other loss came to Washington State in its dual-season opener back on January 17.

The Ducks are 3-0 against the Vandals under head coach Paul Reber, and look to build upon that mark on Friday.

The Ducks will end their regular season on the road this season with a match against No. 45 Washington State on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. (PT). The Cougars are 17-10 on the year and 2-7 in conference play. WSU dropped its last two matches to then-No. 6 Cal and No. 7 Stanford, 4-0.

Washington State is 5-9 against ranked teams this season with wins over Fresno State, San Diego, Colorado, Washington and Denver. The Cougars are 13-5 when playing at the Hollingberry Fieldhouse.

The WSU roster boasts four players with 20-plus wins in singles play. Elizaveta Luzina leads the Cougars with a 29-7 mark and 18-5 record in dual play. Luzina is also ranked No. 82 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Maria Biryukova (25-8), Lize Leenknecht (23-13) and Dajana Ognjenovic (20-12) are the other three players with 20-plus wins for Washington State.

In doubles ply, Leenknecht and Luzina are 24-7 together and 14-6 in dual play at the No. 1 doubles spot. Biryukova and Olga Musilovich is the only other doubles group that has double-digit wins at 17-10. The pair is 14-10 in dual play in the No. 2 doubles slot.

The Ducks continued to struggle in conference play, losing to both No. 7 Stanford and No. 6 California in their final two matches at home. UO lost both contests to Stanford and Cal, 4-0, over the weekend.

Both the Cardinal and Golden Bears boasted lineups that consisted of at least five ranked singles players in the ITA top-100. Stanford had a No. 1 doubles pair that was ranked No. 31 while Cal had two doubles teams ranked by the ITA, No. 37 and No. 71.

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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