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EUGENE – The Oregon women’s tennis team’s regular season concludes this weekend as the Ducks host a pair of duals on Saturday and Sunday.
The Ducks (7-13, 1-6 Pac-10) end their Pac-10 slate against Washington State on Saturday and host No. 48 Sacramento State for Senior Day on Sunday. Both duals begin at noon and will be played at either the outdoor 18th Street Courts or the indoor Student Tennis Center, depending on weather conditions.
Oregon fell on the road against a pair of top-50 opponents in No. 47 Long Beach State (5-2) and No. 24 San Diego (6-1) last weekend. The Ducks still have individual representation in the national rankings as senior Pavlina Smatova checks in at No. 102 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings.
Washington State is 11-10 in dual play, but 0-7 in the Pac-10. The Cougars snapped a three-match losing skid last time out when they dropped Portland State, 7-0, on April 3. WSU’s top doubles pairing, Liudmila Vasilieva and Ksenia Googe cracked this week’s doubles rankings at No. 76.
Sacramento State is 15-8 overall this season and boasts an unblemished 7-0 record in the Big Sky conference. The Hornets’ singles lineup is anchored by Tatsiana Kapshai (No. 112 in ITA singles rankings), who is 9-7 in dual play. Kapshai and Rebeca Delgado also dot the doubles rankings at No. 87.
A live blog will be available providing up to the second results and commentary. Results and recaps will be provided on GoDucks.com following both duals.
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 19-14 overall and 11-9 in dual play, checks in at No. 102 nationally.
Pulling Rank – Pavlina Smatova posted a win that will likely help her personal singles ranking when it comes out next week. The senior dealt UCLA’s 58th-ranked McCall Jones a 7-5, 6-3 loss in Eugene on April 2, giving Smatova four victories over ranked opponents this season.
Double Time – Pavlina Smatova and Patricia Skowronski have been a force in doubles play this season, amassing an 20-12 record overall and an 11-8 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 on March 15. 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.