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Duck Diary: Recapping the Portland Win, Previewing the Weekend
Release Date: 02/04/2010
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Hey Duck Fans,

This past weekend we headed out to my hometown of Portland, Oregon to take on our home state rivals, the Portland Pilots. It felt great to travel back to Rip City, where we stayed at the Double Tree hotel near downtown, a stones throw away from the Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum. You could almost feel the legendary steps of Clyde “The Glide” Drexler and hometown favorites such as Kevin Duckworth or Terry Porter - I am starting to feel nostalgic.  As if that was not already enough motivation to play the Pilots, the Pilots boasted a pretty tough team and there always seems to be a little more juice flowing when we play for the bragging rights of our great state. So rather than sit there and reminisce about going to Blazer games with my Pops when I was a kid, it was time to go to work.

The breakfast buffet that morning was attacked with more aggression than usual as we all had a couple more eggs and sausages to fuel up for what we expected to be a tenuous battle. As soon as the doubles point got underway, we knew our intuitions were right. We would go on to win 2 of the 3 doubles matches to clinch the doubles point, including an 8-0 trouncing on court 3 at the hands of Aaron Clissold and Pepe' Izquierdo. Portland has only three courts so it would be Senior Magic who would be taking to the courts first. Alex and I were able to squeak out victories at positions 2 and 3 respectively while Marco continued to battle at the 1 spot. Up 3-1, we needed just one more match to clinch the dual. However, the Pilots were not going to go away without a fight, winning three of the final four matches and pushing a pair of matches to three sets. However, it would be the still married Duncan MacDonald-Korth who would clinch his second dual of the season after fighting back from a set and 3-1 down. Although we would have liked to walk away with a more comfortable victory, we were happy to head back to Eugene with a victory and what hopes to be the start of a winning streak.

Up next, we finally get to take the courts at the Student Tennis Center for our home opener against the Idaho Vandals, first serves are set to go off at 9 am Saturday, followed by a double header Sunday against the Portland State Vikings and Seattle University Redhawks. So hopefully all you Duck fans will set your alarm clocks a little earlier for this coming Saturday to check out your favorite Duck netters.

Go Ducks!

Ric Mortera

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