EUGENE, Ore.- The No. 64 Oregon Ducks lost, 6-1, to No. 19 Arizona State on Friday afternoon in Eugene, Ore.
Oregon fell to 10-4 (0-3 Pac-12) with the loss. Arizona State improved to 13-1 (3-0).
“It was a 6-1 loss, but I don’t really think the score was indicative of the match, having two match points at the No. 1 doubles spot and not clinching that certainly hurt us and we lost some momentum going into singles,” Oregon Head Coach Paul Reber said.
The Ducks dropped the doubles point for the fourth-straight match to start the afternoon, losing two of the three matches to the Sun Devils. Julia Metzger and Pascale Neubert were the lone doubles winners for Oregon, beating Joanna Smith and Ebony Panoho 8-2 in the No. 2 match. The duo improved to 6-3 overall.
In the No.1 doubles match, Nicole Long and Patricia Skowronski fell to Nicole Smith and Jacqueline Cako after a tough match, falling 9-8. Sofia Hager and Brooke Hughes also lost their doubles match in the No. 3 spot, 8-1.
In the No. 6 match, Brooke Hughes retired allowing Ebony Panoho to win the match after taking the first set, 6-3, to give the Sun Devils an early 2-0 advantage. Lana Buttner fell to Stephanie Vlad in the No. 4 match, losing 3-6 and 1-6.
Nicole Long lost to Cako in the No. 1 match in straight sets (2-6, 3-6) to seal the victory for Arizona State and break Long's 17-match dual singles winning streak.
Immediately following, Metzger picked up the only point for the Ducks, beating Leighann Sahagun handly in the No. 3 match in straight sets (6-1, 6-2).
“In singles, Julia came up big in the No. 3 spot winning pretty handily,” Reber said. “Nicole had a tough one and it ended her winning streak, I just don’t think she played her best tennis today. Possibly having finals could have affected her a little bit because I know she was feeling a little mentally fatigued.”
Rabea Stueckemann fell in the No. 5 match to give the Sun Devils their fifth point of the match. Then, Patricia Skowronski fell in the No. 2 match after losing in a third-set tiebreaker (5-7, 6-0, 7-10).
“I thought we battled hard at spots and had our chances and this was against the No. 19 team in the country,” Reber said. “So we just need to keep our heads down and keep working hard and get ready for Arizona come Sunday.”
Oregon next hits the court on Sunday (March 24) at home against Arizona. Match time is slated for 12 p.m.