EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Ducks topped Gonzaga, 5-2, and Portland State, 6-1, in a home doubleheader at the Oregon Student Tennis Center on Friday night to improve to 4-0 for the 2013 season.
In the first dual match of the day, the Ducks topped the visiting Gonzaga Bulldogs by winning the first six matches of the day (two doubles, four singles) to grab a 5-0 lead in the match. Oregon would lose the final two singles matches of the day but its earlier victories were enough to propel the team to a 3-0 overall record.
In singles play, senior Patricia Skowronski beat Gonzaga's Katie Edwards in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) to secure the point for the Ducks in the No. 1 position. Sophomores Sofia Hager and Nicole Long followed Skowronski's lead in the No. 2 and 3 slots, respectively. Between the two of them, Hager and Long lost just one game; Hager trounced Kylie Peek, 6-0, 6-0, and Long had no problems with Isabelle Klingert (6-0, 6-1). For Long , it was her seventh-straight singles victory and ninth win in her last 10 tries.
Junior Lana Buttner rounded out the singles victories for the Ducks, topping Alexandra Tallas in the No. 5 match, 6-1, 6-2.
In doubles, Skowronski teamed with Long to win their third consecutive doubles match in the No. 1 position, 8-3. Hager and freshman Brooke Hughes won, 8-2, in the No. 3 slot to secure the doubles point for Oregon. Metzger and Buttner played in the No. 2 match, which was suspended with the Duck duo leading, 6-3, after Oregon had earned the doubles point over Gonzaga.
Gonzaga fell to 0-1 with the loss. Oregon picked up its second regional win (2-0) with the victory.
Hager and Hughes kicked off the nightcap against Portland State by picking up their second win of the day, an 8-3 triumph over the Vikings' Marina Todd and Navanatara Vadali in the No. 2 doubles match. The Oregon duo is now 3-0 in dual matches. After Metzger and Macomson dropped their No. 3 doubles match, 8-5, Skowronski and Long improved to 5-2 in dual matches with an 8-4 win over Daria Burobina and Kelsey Frey in the No. 1 slot to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead in the match.
Pascale Neubert won her first singles match of the spring in convincing fashion, beating Marina Todd (6-0, 6-0) in the No. 2 match. Long followed with her eighth straight singles victory in the No. 3 position (6-1, 6-0) to give the Ducks a 3-0 lead in the match. Hager clinched the match for Oregon with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kelsey Frey just moments later. Her win over Frey marked her fourth consecutive victory. Skowronski won her fourth consecutive dual match at the No. 1 slot - a 6-2, 6-3 win over Daria Burobina - and Rabea Stueckemann capped the night with a 6-2, 6-2 win in the No. 5 match.
The Ducks improved to 4-0 with their 6-1 victory over Portland State. It is the second time in the last three years that Oregon has started a season with four consecutive wins.
Portland State fell to 3-2 with the loss.
The Ducks next hit the court on Sunday (Feb. 3) with two matches against Air Force and Portland at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.
Complete Results: Oregon 5, Gonzaga 2
1. Skowronski (UO) def. Edwards (GONZ) 6-3, 6-1
2. Hager (UO) def. Peek (GONZ) 6-0, 6-0
3. Long (UO) def. Klingert (GONZ) 6-1, 6-0
4. Polayes (GONZ) def. Metzger (UO) 6-3, 1-6, (10-6)
5. Buttner (UO) def. Talls (GONZ) 6-1, 6-2
6. Koehler (GONZ) def. Macomson (UO) 1-6, 6-2, (10-2)
1. Skowronski/Long (UO) def. Edwards/Yates (GONZ, 8-3
2. Metzger/Buttner (UO) vs. Peek/Polayes (GONZ), susp.
3. Hager/Hughes (UO) def. Koehler/Tallas (GONZ), 8-2
Complete Results: Oregon 6, Portland State 1
1. Skowronski (UO) def. Burobina (PSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Neubert (UO) def. Todd (PSU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Long (UO) def. McDonald (PSU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Hager (UO) def. Frey (PSU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Stueckemann (UO) def. Pellicano (PSU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Govi (PSU) def. Macomson (UO) 6-2, 6-1
1. Skowronski/Long (UO) def. Burobina/Frey (PSU), 8-4
2. Hager/Hughes (UO) def. Todd/Vadali (PSU), 8-3
3. Pellicano/Govi (PSU) def. Metzger/Macomson (UO), 8-5