PULLMAN, Wash. – The Oregon women’s tennis team did its best to end the season on a winning note at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts but fell short, falling to No. 45 Washington State, 4-2. Nicole Long recorded back-to-back singles victories for the first time since mid-February in the No. 1 singles position in UO’s final match of the season.
Oregon finished the regular season with an overall record of 7-15 and 1-9 record in Pac-12 Conference play. Long finished the year with 13 wins in singles play to lead the Ducks while junior transfer Jasmine Minor came in second on the team with 11 wins in singles play.
The Cougars took the doubles point in succession with Elizaveta Luzina and Lize Leenknect downing Oregon’s pair of Long and Minor, 8-1, in the No. 1 doubles slot. Shortly thereafter, Maria Biryukova and Olga Musilovich took down Lina Åkesson and Marlou Kluiving, 8-4, in the No. 2 doubles position to secure the doubles point.
Kluiving had her hands full at singles No. 4, falling to Musilovich 6-0, 6-1. Sofia Hager didn’t have much luck in her No. 3 singles match, losing to Leenknect, 6-0, 6-2.
Senior Lana Buttner – who had her doubles match abandoned at No. 3 doubles – put Oregon up on the board with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Charlotte Koning at the No. 5 singles slot. Long’s win at No. 1 singles made things interesting, with the team score at 3-2, but Minor wasn’t able to hold off Biryukova at No. 2 singles and lost 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.
Allie Hueffner was battling Dajana Ognjenovic down to the bitter end before their No. 6 singles match was abandoned with Ognjenovic leading 4-6, 6-1, 4-3 after WSU clinched the match.
No. 45 Washington State 4, Oregon 2
No. 1 Elizaveta Luzina/Lize Leenknecht (WSU) def. Nicole Long/Jasmine Minor (UO) 8-1
No. 2 Maria Biryukova/Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Lina Åkesson/Marlou Kluiving (UO) 8-4
No. 3 Charlotte Koning/Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) vs. Kadie Hueffner/Allie Hueffner (UO) 5-4 DNF
Order of Finish: 1, 2
No. 1 Nicole Long (UO) def. No. 82 Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 Maria Biryukova (WSU) def. Jasmine Minor (UO) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
No. 3 Lize Leenknecht (WSU) def. Sofia Hager (UO) 6-0, 6-2
No. 4 Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Marlou Kluiving (UO) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Lana Buttner (UO) def. Charlotte Koning (WSU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 6 Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) vs. Allie Hueffner (UO) 4-6, 6-1, 4-3 DNF
Order of Finish: 4, 3, 5, 1, 2