EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 55 Oregon Ducks lost a 4-3 decision to No. 65 Washington State on Sunday afternoon in Eugene.
Oregon fell to 10-3 (0-2 Pac-12) with the loss. Washington State improved to 11-5 (1-2).
The Ducks dropped the doubles point for the third-straight match to start the day, losing two out of three to the Cougars. Oregon's lone doubles win came from Patricia Skowronski and Nicole Long in the No. 1 match. The Oregon duo, who is now 11-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play, knocked off Liudmila Vasilieva and Lize Leenknecht, 8-4.
Oregon quickly fell into a 2-0 hole when junior Pascale Neubert retired in the No. 4 match, allowing Andjela Kankaras to win the match after playing just one game.
But Skowronski beat Ksenia Googe in straight sets (6-4, 6-1) in the No. 2 singles slot to give the Ducks their first point of the day and help her team crawl back into the match.
Shortly after, though, Lana Buttner and Rabea Stueckemann fell in the No. 5 and No. 6 matches, respectively, in two sets and the Cougars were able to pick up their third and fourth points to seal the victory.
Oregon was able to pick up two victories the wrap up the day. In the No. 3 position, Julia Metzger won her ninth-straight singles match with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) triumph over Elizaveta Luzina. Then, Long won her 17th-straight singles match thanks to a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over Vasilieva in the No. 1 match.
Oregon next hits the court on Friday (March 22) at home against Arizona State. Match time is slated for 12 p.m.