EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 65 ranked University of Oregon women's tennis team (11-7, 2-6 Pac-12) hits the road for their last weekend series as they take on the No. 32 ranked Washington State University (16-4, 4-3 Pac-12) and the University of Idaho (15-5, 0-1 WAC) Apr. 13 and 14.
The Ducks travel to Washington in the midst of a two-match winning streak behind the play of their lone senior Trudie du Toit. Du Toit won both of her singles matches over the weekend including a dual-clinching victory over No. 43 ranked Utah's Callie Craig, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) at No. 3 singles.
The top of the Oregon singles lineup has carried them of late as juniors Patricia Skowronski and Julia Metzger have combined with du Toit to win their last five combined matches. The Duck trio has accumulated 31 singles victories this spring accounting for over 57 percent of the team's total production. In doubles, Skowronski and freshman Sofia Hager has accumulated an 11-7 record this spring and are looking for their sixth victory in a row when they face the Cougars.
The Cougars come into the dual against the Ducks with a winning streak of their own having won their last four duals. Washington State is led by junior and No. 49 ranked Liudmila Vasilieva. The Yekaterinburg, Russia-native has notched 28 singles victories during the 2011-12 campaign including a 15-5 spring duals record. Vasilieva is flanked by teammate and No. 105 ranked Elisabeth Fournier. The senior from Ottawa, Canada has equaled Vasilieva with 28 season wins including a 16-4 duals record competing primarily at No. 2 singles. The match against the Cougars is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the Simmelink Tennis Courts in Hollingbery Fieldhouse.
Idaho will be hosting the University of Nevada on Friday (Apr. 13) before taking on the Ducks on Saturday (Apr. 14) at 11 a.m. in Moscow, Idaho. The Vandals are headlined by a trio of underclassmen including sophomores Beatriz Flores and Victoria Lozano and freshman Sophie Vickers. Lozano leads the way with a total 20 singles victories this year including a 15-5 dual season record. Playing primarily at No. 1 singles, Lozano has won eight out of her last 10 matches this spring. Flores and Vickers have tallied a combined 27 spring singles victories and each ride four-match winning streaks into the weekend. The Vandals will surely lean on their underclassmen as their roster consists of five players in the sophomore or freshman years with just two seniors.