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Ducks Resume Pac-10 Play at Home this Weekend
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Release Date: 03/30/2011
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EUGENE – The Oregon women’s tennis team returns home for the first time since March 11 when it resumes conference play this weekend.

The No. 75 Ducks (7-9, 1-4) play host to No. 14 USC and No. 6 UCLA on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both duals begin at noon and, depending on weather conditions, will take place at either the 18th Street Courts outdoors or the Student Tennis Center indoors.

Pavlina Smatova and Patricia Skowronski highlighted Oregon’s spring break trip by winning all three of their doubles matches. The duo is now fourth on the school’s single season list with 20 wins. Smatova, who is No. 116 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings, also went 2-1 on the singles court to improve her record to 17-12 this season.

USC boasts an 11-5 overall record and is off to a 1-2 start to the Pac-10 schedule. The Trojans have three singles players in the national rankings, including top-ranked Maria Sanchez. Danielle Lao checks in at No. 26 in the rankings and Kaitlyn Christian is ranked 104th. Sanchez and Christian form the No. 5 doubles pairing in the country while Alison Ramos and Valeria Pulido (26th) are also ranked on the doubles court.

UCLA is 12-5 in dual play and carries a 2-1 Pac-10 record. The Bruins have won five of their past six outings and is coming off a 4-3 win over No. 10 California. Five UCLA players dot the singles rankings in No. 44 Noelle Hickey, No. 58 McCall Jones, No. 61 Andrea Remynse, No. 90 Courtney Dolehide and No. 112 Pamela Montez. The Bruins also have three ranked doubles teams in Dolehide and Remynse (No. 13), Hickey and Jones (No. 27) and Jones and Montez (No. 47).

A live blog providing up to date scores and commentary will be provided for both duals this weekend. Complete results and recaps will be available following each competition on GoDucks.com.

News and Notes:

Climbing the Ranks – Senior Pavlina Smatova achieved the highest singles ranking of her career with a  No. 79 ranking on March 15. Smatova, who is 17-12 overall and 9-7 in dual play, checks in at No. 116 nationally.

Double Time – Pavlina Smatova and Patricia Skowronski have been a force in doubles play this season, amassing an 20-8 record overall and an 11-4 mark in dual play. The duo spent time in the ITA national rankings, reaching as high as 45th on Feb. 14. The duo’s 20 wins ranks fourth on Oregon’s single season doubles list.

Clutch Win – Junior Trudie du Toit put the finishing touches on Oregon’s biggest dual win in six years with a clutch comeback win against Washington’s Vanja Radunovic. After dropping the first set, 6-4, du Toit won the next 12 games to pull out a three-set win and finish off a 4-3 upset of the No. 20 Huskies. The win shot Oregon into the national rankings at No. 54 and gave UO its first win over a top-25 team since March 22, 2005.

Pulling Rank –
The Ducks have spent time in the ITA team rankings in every season under head coach Paul Reber after cracking the top 75 two weeks. UO has been ranked in the top 50 in three separate seasons under Reber, most recently during the 2008-09 campaign (45th). Oregon cracked the top 25 in 2007, reaching as high as 22nd and qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
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