WACO, Texas – The Oregon women’s tennis team dropped a 4-2 road match to No. 15 Baylor at the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center on Friday.
How It Happened: The Bears came out strong in doubles play to start the match, quickly taking the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. Marlou Kluiving and Shweta Sangwan fell, 6-1, to Baylor’s Kiah Generette and Kelley Anderson before the Bear tandem of Rhiann Newborn and Karina Traxler downed Oregon’s Kennan Johnson and Christi Woodson, 6-1, on No. 2 to clinch the point.
The Ducks (2-2) and Bears traded blows to open singles play, with Baylor striking first. Baylor’s Blair Shankle defeated Woodson, 6-2, 6-1 on No. 4 to put the Bears up 2-0. Sangwan would respond quickly, however, putting the Ducks on the board with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Rhiann Newborn in the third spot.
Baylor pushed its lead back to two after Generette held off sophomore Nia Rose, 6-0, 6-4, but the Ducks would respond yet again. After shutting out Baylor’s Gabriela Ferreira in the first set, Kluiving took her second set in a 7-4 tiebreaker to win the match 6-0, 7-6(4) and pull the Bears back to within arm’s reach.
The Bears clinched the match on No. 6, after Oregon freshman Daniela Nasser fell to Traxler. After Nasser fell, 6-4, in her first set, the freshman played even with Traxler in the second, forcing a tiebreaker to decide the set. Traxler bested Nasser in the tiebreaker, 7-4, to seal the match.
After coming up short in a first-set tiebreaker, Oregon sophomore Alyssa Tobita was leading Theresa Van Zyl, 4-3, in the second set before the match was suspended.
From Coach Silverio: “Baylor competed very well. They’re a great team that’s coached well. They came out and jumped on us early in doubles. We weren’t able to stop the bleeding, and it set the tone for the match. As a team, we did a great job responding to the adversity in doubles. In singles, in a couple of spots, we weren’t able to capitalize on the high-pressure situations. Overall, it was a united effort from our team, and many hard and tough lessons were learned from today’s match. We’re certainly excited to get back out there and have another opportunity to get better.”
Up Next: The Ducks will travel south to Houston for a matchup at Houston on Sunday at 10 a.m.