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No. 1 Bruins Drop the Ducks, 7-0
Release Date: 03/31/2012
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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of Oregon women's tennis team was defeated by the No. 1 ranked UCLA Bruins on Saturday (Mar. 31), 7-0, at the LA Tennis Center. 

The win for the Bruins is their 18th in a row while the Ducks dropped their sixth conference loss of the year.

"Obviously it was a tough match for us, but on a lot of courts I don't think the score was a good indicator of the matches we played," said women's head coach Paul Reber.  "I thought we competed hard against the top team in the nation and put ourselves in good positions with good opportunities.  Unfortunately we were not able to capitalize on them."


Oregon's most impressive effort came in the doubles portion of the dual.  After sitting out for 75 minutes due to a rain delay that postponed the match start time to 1:30 p.m, the Ducks No. 1 doubles team of junior Patricia Skowronski and freshman Sofia Hager came out firing.  The Ducks tandem defeated the No. 11 ranked doubles team in the nation in UCLA's Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton, 8-3.  The win for Skowronski and Hager is their eighth of the spring, all at the No. 1 spot.

"The bright spot was Patze (Skowronski) and Sofia (Hager) at doubles," remarked coach Reber.  "After beating the No. 2 team on Friday they continued their great play on Saturday and took down the No. 11 team.   As a freshman Sofia (Hager) has come a long way in a short time and is playing very good doubles. Patze has been a good leader and teacher for her on the court and they complement each other well. A strong finish could put them in a position to make the NCAA individual tournament which would be fantastic for them."

In singles, the Ducks hung tough, but the depth of UCLA proved too much to overcome.  Oregon's best performance came from Hager whose first set came down to 5-5 before Chanelle Van Nguyen broke away at 7-5 and didn't look back in the second set winning, 7-5, 6-1.  Van Nguyen is the No. 84 ranked player in the country, one of seven Bruins in the top 125.

Oregon returns home for their first dual in Eugene in 20 calendar days when they take on the University of Utah (Apr. 6) and Colorado University (Apr. 7) next weekend.

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