Eugene, Ore. – The University of Oregon women’s tennis team opens the 2014 season this weekend at the Northwest Regional in Palo Alto, Calif., hosted by Stanford as part of the United States Tennis Association / Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships. Lina Åkesson, Allie Hueffner, Kadie Hueffner, Nicole Long, Lena Macomson, and Jasmine Minor will be representing the Ducks at the regional championships as UO preps for the spring season.
This year’s USTA/ITA Regional Championships will be played at the Taube Tennis Center on the campus of Stanford University. The facility can host 17 matches at any given time.
With five newcomers this year, four freshmen and a junior transfer, head coach Paul Reber looks to find the right combination to propel the Ducks into Pac-12 contention this season. Marlou Kluiving joins Oregon from the Netherlands while Åkesson hails from Sweden. Both have International Tennis Federation experience while Kluiving also boasts international experience with the Dutch senior women’s national team.
The Ducks also added a pair of Oregonians in the Hueffners. The twins from Portland led their high school to four-consecutive league championships while winning back-to-back Oregon State Athletic Association State Championships in doubles play. Minor, a Georgia Tech transfer, rounds out the list of newcomers. The Illinois native compiled a 32-31 record in singles play and posted a 19-25 doubles mark as a Yellow Jacket.
Oregon also returns three players with double-digit wins from last year’s squad with Long as UO’s lone 20-win returner. Long, an Irving, Texas native was the only player ranked in the ITA women’s preseason singles ranking (No. 70).
The Ducks lost a pair of double-digit winners in Julia Metzger and Patricia Skowronski. Metzger’s team-leading 24-wins last year placed her sixth on the all-time single-season singles win list at Oregon.