DUCKS HOST WASHINGTON SCHOOLS IN CRUCIAL PAC-12 WEEKEND
The No. 55 Oregon Ducks (10-1, 0-0) host conference rivals No. 43 Washington (10-4, 0-2) and No. 65 Washington State (10-4, 0-2) in the first set of Pac-12 matches of the season. The Ducks enter the weekend winners of their last two matches. Last weekend, Oregon beat BYU, 5-2, and No. 55 Denver by the same score to improve to 10-1 overall.
OREGON’S RECENT HISTORY AGAINST WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON ST.
The Ducks dropped both of their matches to the Washington schools a year ago, losing to No. 55 Washington, 4-3, in Seattle and to No. 32 Washington State, 5-2, in Pullman last April. Washington State comes to Eugene on a two-match winning streak over the Ducks; Oregon hasn’t beaten the Cougars since April 3, 2010 in Eugene. Oregon’s last win over Washington came on March 11, 2011, when the Ducks knocked off the then-No. 20 Huskies, 4-3, in Seattle.
OREGON MATCHES BEST HOME START SINCE 1993
The Oregon Ducks picked up two home victories last weekend to improve to 9-0 at Eugene. The 9-0 start marks the Ducks’ best start at home since the 1993 season, when they also started 9-0. Oregon finished the 1993 season 24-5 overall; Washington broke its home winning streak on the final day of the regular season.
DUCKS RE-ENTER NATIONAL RANKINGS, JOIN EIGHT OTHER PAC-12 TEAMS
Oregon’s two wins last weekend pushed the team back into the ITA National Rankings for the first time since being ranked 69th in the Feb. 12 poll. The No. 55 Ducks join eight other Pac-12 schools in the national poll. Colorado and Arizona are the conference’s lone unranked teams and five schools (No. 5 UCLA, No. 7 USC, No. 15 California, No. 16 Stanford, No. 18 Arizona State) are ranked in the top-20.
LONG EXTENDS WINNING STREAK TO 15 MATCHES
Oregon sophomore Nicole Long won her 14th and 15th consecutive matches against BYU and Denver last weekend. Long beat BYU’s Desiree Tran (6-1, 6-0) on March 8 and topped Denver’s Sophia Bergner (6-2, 6-0) on March 10. Long played in the No. 1 singles match on both days. Long’s 15-match winning streak dates back to the fall and she is perfect (11-0) in dual singles play. Overall, Long is 18-2.
METZGER CONTINUES WINNING WAYS AGAINST BYU, DENVER
Senior Julia Metzger won twice in the No. 3 singles match last weekend to improve to 9-1 for the dual season and 15-10 overall. Metzger has won her last seven singles matches and hasn’t lost since Feb. 1 against Gonzaga.
DUCKS NOTCH 50TH SINGLES WIN OF THE SPRING
The Oregon Ducks climbed to 34 matches over .500 in singles play after winning five-of-six against No. 55 Denver on March 10. The Ducks are 50-16 (.758) in dual singles matches and are just 17 wins away from matching last year’s total. Last season, Oregon went a combined 67-59 (.532) in dual singles matches. In doubles play, the Ducks are a combined 20-7 (.741) through 10 matches, 17 wins shy of matching last year’s mark of 37-26 (.587).
Oregon’s next four matches are against Pac-12 opponents. Next weekend, the Ducks host No. 18 Arizona State and Arizona on March 22 and 24, respectively.