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Ducks Send Seven to the Pac-12 Championships
Release Date: 04/23/2014
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EUGENE – With the regular season and conference season over, Oregon now look ahead to the Pac-12 Conference Championships. The Ducks will send seven players to the championships that will be held at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club, Ojai, Calif.

Per the release from the Pac-12 conference, the top-10 schools will have three players represented in the 32-player singles draw. The 16-team doubles draw will consist of one team from each school with five additional teams selected by the Draw Committee.

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Head women’s tennis coach Paul Reber selected Lina Åkesson, Lana Buttner, Allie Hueffner, Kadie Hueffner, Nicole Long, Lena Macomson and Maja Salibasic to represent Oregon at conference championships.

Long who has played in the No. 1 singles position for Oregon all year is the only player selected with 10-plus wins, coming in at 13-8 on the season. A. Hueffner has the second most wins from the travel squad, sporting a 7-6 overall mark in singles play. Åkesson is third on the travel team in wins with a 6-8 record.

Buttner also has six wins on the year in singles action while K. Hueffner has a 4-6 mark in singles play. Macomson and Salibasic combined for just two wins on the year for Oregon, but have been in reserve roles for most of the season.

Nicole Long is the only current Duck with experience in the Pac-12 Tournament. The junior fell in the round of 32 last year to Arizona’s Kim Stubbe 6-1, 6-4. Long also played in the doubles round of 16 with Patricia Skowronski, but fell to Arizona State’s Cako/Smith 9-7.

UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips was last year’s singles champion after she defeated Stanford’s Krista Hardebeck 6-1, 6-0. USC’s pair of Christian/Santamaria claimed the doubles title, downing UCLA’s duo of Dolehide/Montez in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Oregon almost stole a match from Idaho last Friday, but the Ducks weren’t able to pull off the comeback and lost to the Vandals, 4-3. UO lost the doubles point but was able to rally back in singles play thanks to wins from Nicole Long, Marlou Kluiving and Allie Hueffner to tie things up every time the Ducks would trail in singles play.

Against No. 45 Washington State, the Ducks got swept in doubles and went down 3-0 before Lana Buttner and Long won their singles matches. Long took down her second nationally-ranked singles opponent of the year when she defeated WSU’s Elizaveta Luzina, who is ranked No. 82 in the country, 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

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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