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Top Ducks Head to Ojai for Pac-10 Championships
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Release Date: 04/27/2011
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EUGENE – While Oregon’s dual season is finished, a pair of women’s tennis players still have some work to do as they travel to the Pac-10 Championships this weekend.

Pavlina Smatova and Patricia Skowronski will represent the Ducks in Ojai, Calif. The tournament runs from Thursday through Sunday.

Both players will see action in the championship singles and doubles brackets. Smatova went 21-14 on the singles court and finished 13-9 in the dual season. She led UO with five victories over ranked players and three against Pac-10 opponents. The Plzen, Czech Republic native’s 21 wins this season is tied for the ninth most in school history and is a four win improvement from last season’s 17-17 record. She was ranked as high as 79th on the singles circuit and checks in at No. 107 in the current Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. Skowronski finished second on the Ducks with 13 singles victories and tied for second on UO with seven dual wins on top of that.

Smatova will open the tournament against UCLA’s Nina Pantic on Thursday at 11 a.m. A victory would move her to the round of 16 against the winner of USC’s top seeded Maria Sanchez (No. 2 nationally) and Washington State’s Ksenia Googe at 3:30 p.m. Skowronski begins her slate against USC’s 99th-ranked Kaitlyn Christian on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. A win there would pit her against either Washington’s 14th-ranked Venise Chan or California’s Anett Schutting in the round of 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Smatova and Skowronski look to continue their strong season in doubles play. The Ducks’ duo climbed as high as 45th in the national rankings and ended the dual season with a 22-12 overall record and a 13-8 mark in duals. Their 22 victories for the year are tied for the third most in UO history.

The pairing starts their tournament run against USC’s Cristala Andrews and Alison Ramos (No. 77 nationally) on Friday at 10 a.m. A win there would move them to the quarterfinals where they would face the winner of California’s Mari Andersson and Jana Juricova (No. 1 in the nation) and Arizona State’s Hannah James and Sianna Simmons at 3 p.m. on Friday.

A complete listing of the tournament draws can be accessed on the official tournament page. Final Oregon results and a recap will be available following each day of competition on GoDucks.com.

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