EUGENE, Ore - The Oregon women's tennis team won its second match in as many days on Saturday evening at the Oregon Student Tennis Center by beating the University of Idaho, 7-0.
Oregon improves to 2-0 with the victory while the Vandals fall to 0-2.
Sophomore Nicole Long gave Oregon its first singles win of the night by handling Idaho's Belen Barcenilla (6-0, 6-1) in the No. 4 slot. Long has now won six consecutive singles matches and is 8-2 over her last 10 singles matches played. Rabea Stueckemann followed with her first win of the spring by beating Alejandra Lozano in the sixth spot, 6-2, 6-1. Julia Metzger won in the No. 2 singles match over Almudena Sanz, 6-0, 6-2, and Lana Buttner topped Beatriz Flores in the No. 5 match (6-4, 6-1). In the No. 3 singles match, Oregon's Sofia Hager trounced Idaho's Constance Alexander (6-2, 6-0). Finally, competing in the No. 1 singles match, senior Patricia Skowronski outlasted Victoria Lozano, 7-5, 6-4, to complete the singles sweep.
"I was really happy with the way [Long], [Metzger] and [Stueckemann] went out and took care of business in their singles matches today," said Oregon head coach Paul Reber. "But I was also very happy with the way our other three singles matches went because they had to power through a lot of adversity. I was proud of the way they handled themselves."
In doubles play, Oregon's Hager and Brooke Hughes won comfortably, 8-3, in the No. 3 position over Alejandra Lozano and Flores for the Ducks' first win of the day. After Metzger and Neubert dropped a tough 8-5 match to Alexandra and Barcenilla in the No. 2 slot, the Ducks had to count on the duo of Skowronski and Long, playing in the top doubles spot, to secure the doubles point for the Ducks.
Trailing the pro-set, 5-4, Skowronski and Long won three out of the next four games to take a 7-6 edge. With their opponents, Victoria Lozano and Almudena Sanz, serving, the Oregon duo was able to force a break and take the match, 8-6, to give the Ducks the much-needed point on the scoreboard from doubles play. Skowronski and Long improved to 3-2 as a doubles team and have won two consecutive matches.
"Overall it was a good weekend," Reber said. "We are going to take tomorrow off and get right back to it on Monday."
The Ducks are off until Friday (Feb. 1) when they will take on Gonzaga and Portland State at home. Match times from the Oregon Student Tennis Center are slated for 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.