EUGENE, Ore. -- The 64th-ranked Oregon Ducks lost a 5-2 match at home on Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Ore.
The Ducks fall to 12-10 overall and 1-9 in Pac-12 play, while USC improves to 20-2 and 9-0 in conference play.
The Ducks won the doubles point in exciting fashion, taking two of three matches. Patricia Skowronski and Nicole Long won 8-5 in the No.1 match. In the No. 2 match, Julia Metzger and Pascale Neubert battled back from a 7-3 deficit to win the match, 9-7, and seal the first point for the Ducks.
“It was a really good effort out there in doubles, to take the doubles point was big,” Head Coach Paul Reber said. “I think Metzger and Neubert played really well in the No. 2 match, coming through in the clutch to win that for us. In the No. 1 match, we obviously played very well to come away with the win there. I think we probably upset them a little bit winning the doubles point and they came out ready to play in the singles.”
In singles play, USC won the first five matches to capture the win for the Trojans. Each of USC's top-four players were ranked nationally.
Metzger was the sole victor in singles for Oregon, winning 6-4, 6-4 over No. 114 Giuliana Olmos in the No. 3 match.
“A lot of credit for Julia to win that match 6-4, 6-4,” Reber said. “I think she battled well and competed really hard today. Certainly the better team won today, but if you look at the scores from last year to this year, we made some improvements in spots and we just want to keep looking to do that. Hopefully we can be rested and ready to go for Santa Clara next weekend.”
The Ducks will stay at home for next Sunday’s (April 21) match against Santa Clara, which is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. The match marks Oregon’s final contest of the regular season.