EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Northwest Region with a convincing 5-2 win over UC Davis on Saturday afternoon at the Oregon Student Tennis Center.
Oregon has won all seven of its matches at home this year and nine-straight in Eugene dating back to last season.
In doubles play, senior Patricia Skowronski and sophomore Nicole Long improved to 6-0 in No. 1 dual doubles matches by defeating UC Davis' Ellie Edles and Tiffany Pham, 8-3. Senior Julia Metzger and junior Pascale Neubert topped Nicole Koehly and Layla Sanders in the No. 2 match, 8-4, to secure the doubles point for the Ducks and give them a 1-0 lead in the match. The Oregon duo is now 8-5 overall and has won three straight. Sofia Hager and Lana Buttner were leading the No. 3 match, 7-4, before Oregon took the doubles point and suspended the match.
The Ducks are a combined 14-2 (.875) in dual doubles matches this season.
Metzger won her third consecutive match to kick off singles play and give the Ducks a 2-0 edge overall. Metzger's 6-1, 6-2 victory in the No. 4 position marked her sixth win over her last 10 matches. Neubert put Oregon up 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win in the No. 3 match and Skowronski secured the Ducks' victory with a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the No. 1 match over Megan Heneghan. Skowronski is 7-0 in No. 1 singles matches this year and has won eight out of her last 10 matches.
Long topped Lauren Curry, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 2 singles match. Her convincing win was her 11th-straight victory and her 14th overall.
Buttner fell for the first time in dual match play, 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 6 match.
By winning four out of the six singles matches, the Ducks moved to 35-7 (.833) overall in dual singles play.
With the win, Oregon improves to 7-0 overall for the first time since the 2006 campaign when it also started 7-0. UC Davis falls to 1-5 with the loss.
The Ducks hit the road for the first time this season next Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 16-17) for matches in Akron, Ohio against Akron (Feb. 16) and East Tennessee State (Feb. 17). Both matches are slated for 9 a.m. PT.
1 - Patricia Skowronski (UO) def. Megan Heneghan (UCD) 6-3, 6-3
2 - Nicole Long (UO) def. Lauren Curry (UCD) 6-2, 6-2
3 - Pascale Neubert (UO) def. Layla Sanders (UCD) 6-4, 6-3
4 - Julia Metzger (UO) def. Ellie Edles (UCD) 6-1, 6-2
5 - Melissa Kobayakawa (UCD) def. Sofia Hager (UO), 4-6, 2-3, ret.
6 - Nicole Koehly (UCD) def. Lana Buttner (UO) 6-4, 6-3