OREGON CONCLUDES SEVEN-MATCH HOMESTAND AGAINST UC DAVIS
The Oregon Ducks are 6-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2006 spring and they conclude their seven-match homestand on Saturday against UC Davis. Doubles matches will begin at 11 a.m.; singles matches will follow.
DUCKS IN THE MIDST OF BEST HOME WINNING STREAK SINCE 2004
The Ducks have won six consecutive matches at home to open up the 2013 season and eight-straight dating back to the end of the 2012 campaign. The eight-match winning streak matches the best start at home since the 2004 season, when Oregon won its first eight in Eugene.
LONG PUTS TOGETHER ANOTHER STELLAR WEEKEND
Oregon sophomore Nicole Long won her ninth and 10th consecutive singles matches on Sunday (Feb. 3) against Air Force and Portland. Long beat Air Force’s Hannah Dake, 6-2, 6-4 in the morning match and capped a 4-0 weekend by topping Portland’s Saroop Dhatt (7-5, 6-1). Long trailed Dhatt 4-0 in the first set before closing out the match by winning 13 of the final 15 games. Long is 13-2 overall, 6-0 in dual matches, and has not lost since the fall season. Her 10-match winning streak leads the team and she has already surpassed her singles win total from last year (eight) as a freshman at the University of Oklahoma.
In dual singles matches this season, Long is 2-0 in the No. 2 match, 3-0 in the No. 3 position and 1-0 in the No. 4 slot.
In doubles play, Long and teammate Patricia Skowronski are 5-0 in dual matches; all five of those victories have come at the No. 1 doubles position.
FOUR DUCKS ROLL INTO SATURDAY WITH AT LEAST FIVE-STRAIGHT WINS
Four Oregon players are currently on winning streaks of at least five matches in singles play. Sophomore Nicole Long has won 10-straight; she is joined by Patricia Skowronski (six), Sofia Hager (six) and Lana Buttner (five). All six of Skowronski’s wins have come at the No. 1 singles position and she has already surged past her 0-2 record from a season ago in dual matches at the No. 1 slot.
Hager has put together her six-match singles winning streak by winning matches at the No. 2 (1-0), No. 3 (2-0) and No. 4 (3-0) positions. Most recently, Hager downed Portland’s Anastasia Polyakova in straight sets (6-3, 6-4) last Sunday.
Buttner’s five-match streak consists of four wins at the No. 5 singles spot and one in the No. 6 position. In Oregon’s two victories over Air Force and Portland on Feb. 3, Buttner rallied to beat Air Force’s Natasha Rizvi, 7-5, 6-4, and handled Portland’s Tori Troesch in her first three-set match of the dual season, 6-4, 2-6, 6-0.
HAGER/HUGHES DOUBLES DUO MOVES TO 4-0
Sophomore Sofia Hager and freshman Brooke Hughes moved to 4-0 in doubles play last weekend by winning two matches in the No. 3 position and one in the No. 2 doubles slot. The Oregon duo has outscored their opponents 32-10 in their four doubles matches of the spring. Hager and Hughes were closing in on their fifth doubles win, leading 7-6, on Feb. 3 against Portland but the match was suspended after Julia Metzger and Pascale Neubert won their match, 8-6, to secure the doubles point for Oregon. Hager and Hughes are second on the team in victories in dual-match doubles play (4-0), trailing only Skowronski and Long (5-0). They are 3-0 in No. 3 doubles matches and 1-0 in the No. 2 slot; additionally, along with Skowronski and Long, the duo is one of just two Oregon doubles teams with active winning streaks of at least four matches.
BUTTNER MATCHES SINGLES WIN TOTAL FROM A YEAR AGO
Junior Lana Buttner is 7-3 overall in singles matches this year, matching her win total from all of last season. A year ago, Buttner finished 7-9 and was 2-4 in dual matches and 5-5 in tournament play. Buttner is already 5-0 in dual matches this year and is 2-3 in tournament play.
DUCKS CLIMB TO 26-OVER .500 IN SINGLES PLAY
The Oregon Ducks are a combined 31-5 (.861) in dual singles matches through their first six matches of the year. Last season, Oregon went a combined 67-59 (.532) in dual singles matches. In doubles play, the Ducks are a combined 12-2 (.857) through six matches, just 25 wins shy of matching last year’s mark of 37-26 (.587).
OREGON REMAINS UNBEATEN IN NO. 1 MATCHES
Senior Patricia Skowronski continues to carry her squad in No. 1 matches in both singles and doubles play. The Ducks have yet to lose a match in either category; Skowronski is 6-0 in No. 1 singles matches and 5-0 with teammate Nicole Long in No. 1 doubles matches. Last season, the Ducks finished just 10-11 in No. 1 singles matches and 11-10 in No. 1 doubles contests.
ALL BUT ONE PAC-12 TEAM RANKED NATIONALLY
Only the Colorado Buffaloes are unranked in the most recent ITA Tennis Poll (Jan. 30). The Ducks enter the week ranked 69th and four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top-seven in the nation (UCLA: 2, USC: 4, Stanford: 5, California: 7). Rounding out the Pac-12 ranked teams are No. 28 Arizona, No. 33 Arizona State, Washington State and Utah, which are tied for 35th, and No. 44 Washington.
UC DAVIS PROMOTIONAL GIVEAWAYS INCLUDE BASKETBALL TICKETS
Saturday’s match between the Oregon Ducks and UC Davis Aggies will feature several promotional giveaways, including a pair of tickets to the Oregon men’s basketball game against Stanford at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23. The tickets will be raffled off in between the doubles and singles matches and fans can pick up their raffle tickets during the doubles matches that begin at 11 a.m. Additional giveaways include free pizza following the doubles matches, Oregon tennis t-shirts and an Oregon prize basket filled with the tickets, Oregon gear and a signed Duck women’s tennis poster. Admission to all 2013 tennis matches played at the Oregon Student Tennis Center is free.
DUCKS MEET AGGIES FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER REBER
Oregon will meet UC Davis on Saturday for the first time under head coach Paul Reber. Reber is 51-29 (.638) during his tenure at Oregon in matches played against non-conference opponents.
Saturday’s match against UC Davis wraps up Oregon’s seven-match homestand to start the 2013 dual season. The Ducks travel to Akron, Ohio, to face Akron and East Tennessee State next Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 16-17). Both matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. However, following Oregon’s trip to Ohio, the team returns home for six matches at the Oregon Student Tennis Center beginning on March 8 against Brigham Young. The homestand will begin after nearly a three-week match layoff. Four of those six matches are Pac-12 contests; the conference slate starts on March 15 against the No. 44 Washington Huskies.