NO. 19 ARIZONA STATE, ARIZONA COME TO EUGENE FOR PAC-12 MATCHES
The 64th-ranked Oregon Ducks (10-3, 0-2) look to bounce back at home this weekend against No. 19 Arizona State (12-1, 2-0) and Arizona (8-7, 0-2) after losing a pair of Pac-12 matches to the Washington schools last weekend. The Sun Devils come to Eugene in a five-way tie for the conference lead. The Ducks are seeking their first win over Arizona since 2009 and their first victory over Arizona State since the 2004 spring.
DUCKS FALL TO WASHINGTON STATE IN 4-3 HEARTBREAKER
Oregon dropped a 4-3 nail biter to Washington State on Sunday afternoon in Eugene. It was the Ducks’ second-straight loss, the first time all season they had lost consecutive matches. Oregon lost 2-of-3 doubles matches to drop the doubles point but a singles win by Patricia Skowronski over Ksenia Googe pulled the Ducks back into the match. However, despite two more Oregon wins by Nicole Long and Julia Metzger, the Cougars closed out the match with three more singles wins.
LONG EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO 17 MATCHES
Oregon sophomore Nicole Long remained unbeaten in dual singles matches (13-0) and extended her overall winning streak to 17 matches with two wins last weekend in No. 1 singles matches. On March 15, Long knocked off Washington’s Andjela Nemcevic in straight sets (6-0, 7-5) and bested Washington State’s Liudmilla Vasilieva in her first three-set match of the dual season, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, on March 17. Long also picked up a pair of No. 1 doubles victories with teammate Patricia Skowronski that contributed to her perfect weekend.
METZGER’S WINNING STREAK NEARING DOUBLE DIGITS
Senior Julia Metzger posted two victories in the No. 3 singles slot last weekend, extending her singles winning streak to nine matches. Metzger edged Washington’s Elianna Douglas-Miron in three sets on March 15, 7-5, 6-4, (10-3), and topped Washington State’s Elizaveta Luzina, 6-4, 7-6 (2), on March 17. Metzger is 11-1 in dual matches this year and hasn’t lost since dropping a tough three-set match to Gonzaga’s Samantha Polayes on Feb. 1.
ALL BUT TWO PAC-12 TEAMS RANKED NATIONALLY IN MARCH 19 POLL
The Oregon Ducks joined eight other Pac-12 schools in the most recent ITA National Poll (March 19). Arizona and Colorado are the only two Pac-12 schools left out of the rankings. Five Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top-20 (No. 4 UCLA, No. 6 USC, No. 13 California, No. 15 Stanford, No. 19 Arizona State), while Washington is ranked 42nd, Washington State is 60th, Oregon is 64th and Utah checks in at No. 69 (a complete list of the ITA top-75 is on page two of this week’s release).
HOMESTAND CONCLUDES AGAINST SUN DEVILS, WILDCATS
Oregon’s second-longest homestand of the season concludes this weekend against Arizona State and Arizona. The current six-game homestand ranks second to only the seven-match stand in Eugene that started the dual season. Oregon is 9-2 at home this season, 9-1 on the indoor courts and 0-1 outdoors.
Oregon has just eight regular season matches remaining on its 2013 dual schedule. Next weekend, Oregon hits the road for the first time since Feb. 17 when it faces Colorado in Boulder, Colo., and No. 69 Utah in Salt Lake City. The Ducks will not play in Eugene again until April 12 against No. 4 UCLA.