The Oregon women’s tennis team was unable to sustain a strong start in doubles play onto the singles courts in a 5-2 loss to Washington State on Saturday.
Saturday’s setback was the Ducks’ Pac-10 finale and drops them to 7-14 overall and 1-7 in league duals.
Oregon got a dominant effort from its top doubles pairing of Pavlina Smatova and Patricia Skowronski. The duo picked up their 21st win of the year by dispatching 76th-ranked Luidmila Vasilieva and Ksenia Googe 8-2. The Ducks clinched the doubles point on the strength of a gritty 8-6 win from Julia Metzger and Trudie du Toit on court two over Andjela Kankaras and Olga Musilovich.
The Cougars picked up steam in singles play and posted straight-set victories at No. 5, 2 and 4 singles to go up 3-1.
The final three singles matches were all three-set battles. Smatova, No. 102 nationally in singles play, rallied to defeat Elisabeth Fournier (4-6, 6-4, 6-2).
Julia Metzger and Lana Buttner each won their first sets at No. 3 and 6 singles, respectively, and each had match point opportunities. However, neither was able to close out their matches as Buttner fell to Jessica Gomez (0-6, 6-1, 7-6 [9-7]) and Metzger dropped a three-set battle to Googe (4-6, 7-5, 6-3).
Oregon concludes its dual season on Sunday when it hosts No. 48 Sacramento State at noon.
2011 Oregon Women's Tennis
Washington State 5, Oregon 2
Washington State vs Oregon (4/16/2011)
4/16/2011 at Eugene, Ore. (Student Tennis Center)
|1. #102 SMATOVA, Pavlina (ORE) def. FOURNIER, Elisabeth (WAZZU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|2. VASILIEVA, Liudmila (WAZZU) def. SKOWRONSKI, Patricia (ORE) 6-2, 6-3|
|3. GOOGE, Ksenia (WAZZU) def. METZGER, Julia (ORE) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3|
|4. KANKARAS, Andjela (WAZZU) def. DU TOIT, Trudie (ORE) 6-4, 6-1|
|5. MUSILOVICH, Olga (WAZZU) def. STUCKEMANN, Rabea (ORE) 6-1, 6-1|
|6. GOMEZ, Jessica (WAZZU) def. BUTTNER, Lana (ORE) 0-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)|
|1. SMATOVA, Pavlina/SKOWRONSKI, Patricia (ORE) def. #76 GOOGE, Ksenia/VASILIEVA, Liudmila (WAZZU) 8-2|
|2. METZGER, Julia/DU TOIT, Trudie (ORE) def. KANKARAS, Andjela/MUSILOVICH, Olga (WAZZU) 8-6|
|3. JANSEN, Lea/FOURNIER, Elisabeth (WAZZU) def. STUCKEMANN, Rabea/CAVAN, Siobhan (ORE) 8-2|
|Washington State 13-10 (1-7 Pac-10)|
|Oregon 7-14 (1-7 Pac-10)|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,4,6,1,3)|