EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women’s tennis team returned to the win column, besting Akron by a wide margin Saturday afternoon at the Student Tennis Center. The Ducks (5-4) defeated the Zips (8-3), 6-1, to snap a four-match losing skid.
The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead with two doubles victories before winning 5-of-6 singles matches. Oregon improves to 5-0 this year when playing within the confines of the Student Tennis Center.
“It’s good to get back in the win column after a couple rough weekends,” said head coach Paul Reber. “We were able to play well today, which we didn’t do on the road in the past two weeks. Hopefully, we can take this into our break, build on it and come out strong for conference play.”
Oregon opened the match by clinching the doubles point. Senior Lana Buttner and junior Sofia Hager looked impressive in their No. 3 match, as they have all spring, with an 8-0 sweep of Ksenia Berestetska and Caroline Harpaintner. The Oregon duo remained undefeated with a streak of seven straight wins, collecting their second shutout of the year.
Freshmen Lina Åkesson and Marlou Kluiving clinched the doubles point, besting Martina Zerbola and Karolina Maksimava, 8-2, in No. 2 doubles. On match point, a well-placed volley from Kluiving split the Akron pair to win the match. Åkesson and Kluiving improve to 4-3 in doubles this year.
The Ducks won five singles matches in straight sets to quickly clinch the team victory. The No. 2 singles match concluded first as Minor’s opponent was forced to retire in the second set due to an injury. Minor was ahead 6-4, 1-0. With the win, Minor becomes the first Duck to reach double digit singles victories on the season.
Kluiving only dropped two games in her No. 4 match, defeating Zerbola, 6-1, 6-1. The Netherlands native improves to 3-4 this spring in singles, ending a four match losing streak.
Long gave Oregon a 4-0 lead, clinching the team win, with a decisive victory against Olga Shkundina in the top singles spot. Long won 6-2, 6-0, to improve to 9-4.
Freshman Allie Hueffner made her second appearance in the lineup and didn’t disappoint. She defeated Caroline Harpaintner, 6-3, 6-2, in No. 6 singles.
In the final match of the evening, Hager battled to a 6-3, 6-2, win against Shannon Newnes in the No. 3 spot. Hager improved her spring singles record to 6-3.
Freshman Kadie Hueffner played an exhibition match against Akron’s Marta Briega following the early conclusion of the No. 2 singles match. Playing to one set, Hueffner earned an 8-0 win.
Oregon won’t be in action again until March, opening Pac-12 play at the Student Tennis Center. The Ducks will meet Utah on Friday, March 7, at 12 p.m. before facing Colorado on Sunday, March 9, at 12 p.m.
FINAL: Oregon (5-4) 6, Akron (8-3) 1
1. Nicole Long (ORE) def. Karolina Makismava (UA) 6-2, 6-0
2. Jasmine Minor (ORE) def. Olga Shkundina (UA) 6-4, 1-0, ret. (inj.)
3. Sofia Hager (ORE) def. Shannon Newnes (UA) 6-3, 6-2
4. Marlou Kluiving (ORE) def. Martina Zerbola (UA) 6-1, 6-1
5. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Lana Buttner (ORE) 6-2, 6-3
6. Allie Hueffner (ORE) def. Caroline Harpaintner (UA) 6-3, 6-2
7. Exhibition - Kadie Hueffner (ORE) def. Marta Briega (UA) 8-0.
Order of finish: 2, 4, 1, 6, 5, 3
1. Long/Minor (ORE) def. Shkundina/Newnes (UA) 6-4, Unfinished
2. Åkesson/Kluiving (ORE) def. Zerbola/Makismava (UA) 8-2
3. Buttner/Hager (ORE) def. Berestetska/Harpaintner (UWA) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 2, UF