LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Oregon sophomore Nicole Long finished up her run at the Freeman Memorial with a Flight Two singles championship, beating Stanford's Natalie Dillon in three sets (6-3, 2-6, 7-5).
Long, who transferred to Oregon after playing at Oklahoma as a freshman during the 2011-12 season, won all three of her matches this weekend in the Flight Two singles bracket in Las Vegas, Nev. She defeated UNLV's Ella Bouchier in straight sets on Friday morning and topped another UNLV player, Anett Ferenczi-Bako, in yesterday's semifinals to advance to today's championship match.
"Nicole played great all weekend long and I was very happy to see her come out on top today and leave Vegas with the title," said Oregon head coach Paul Reber. "She played a really solid match. I'm really looking forward to next weekend and our first matches. Hopefully she can continue to play well and help us in the dual matches."
Senior Julia Metzger also picked up her first win of the spring this afternoon by beating Ferenczi-Bako, 6-3, 6-0, in an added consolation match. In doubles play, the Ducks lost two hard-fought matches in tiebreakers. Long and senior Patricia Skowronski lost to Stanford's Stacey Tan and Ellen Tsay, 8-7, and Metzger and sophomore Sofia Hager fell to UNLV's Aleksandra Josifoska and Iren Kotseva by the same mark.
"Even though we lost both of our doubles matches in tiebreakers today, I thought that our doubles play improved all weekend long," Reber said. "This weekend was a solid start to the spring season."
Southern California's Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria won the Flight One doubles tournament and Santamaria captured the Flight One singles competition as well. The tournament featured players from seven different schools, including five schools (USC, Florida, UCLA, Stanford, North Carolina) ranked in the top-10 in the nation.
The Ducks play their first dual match of the season on Friday (Jan. 25) at home against Eastern Washington. The first matches from Eugene are schedule for 2 p.m. Oregon hosts Idaho at 1 p.m. the following day.