EUGENE, Ore. – Spring is here, and the 2014 Oregon women’s tennis team will head to the IU Winter Invitational as a primer to their dual season. The Ducks were 13-15 overall as a team in two tournaments this past fall as freshmen Lina Åkesson, Allie Hueffner, Kadie Hueffner, and junior transfer Jasmine Minor picked up their first win donning the Green and Yellow.

“We’re excited to get the chance to get out on the road and get the season started,” said head women’s tennis coach Paul Reber. “We spent a lot of the fall taking care of injuries and not playing a ton of tournaments so it’ll be good for a lot of them to get out there and play some matches.”

“The opportunity to play against nationally ranked teams and players will be great because that’s what we’ll be seeing when we play our dual matches, especially the ones playing in the top-half of the line-up,” said Reber. “We want them seeing it now rather than ‘boom’ now in dual matches.

The IU Winter Invitational begins Sat., Jan. 18, and ends on Mon., Jan. 20.

DUCKS FLY TO HOOSIER STATE
The Oregon women’s tennis team’s quest to return to the NCAA tournament begins this Saturday as the Ducks wrap up their tournament season with the IU Winter Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., on the campus of Indiana University. The four-team tournament includes No. 41 Indiana, No. 68 Harvard, Marquette and Abilene Christian. Oregon comes into the tournament ranked at No. 71 according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The Hoosiers boasts three players on the ITA singles rankings with Katie Klyczek atop that list at No. 73 while Sophie Garre comes in at No. 86 and Gabrielle Rubenstein sits in a tie at 118th. The Crimson has a doubles pair entering the tournament at No. 34 in Spencer Liang and Monica Lin.

FALL SEASON WRAP-UP
The Ducks finished their fall season 13-15 overall in singles play and 3-4 in doubles play. Oregon opened the fall season at the ITA/USTA Northwest Regional in Stanford, Calif., with only Jasmine Minor and Lina Åkesson playing. The Ducks then went south to Fresno, Calif., for the Bulldog Classic hosted by Fresno State.

Lina Åkesson went 4-2 in the fall in her first action as a Duck, claiming victories in her first three matches. Allie Hueffner dropped three straight matches in singles play before notching her first victory in her final match of the Bulldog Classic and also went 1-3 in doubles play. In addition to a 1-3 record in doubles action with her sister Allie, Kadie Hueffner went 2-2 in singles play at the Bulldog Classic.

Minor had a strong outing at the Northwest Regionals with a 3-1 mark before dropping her final two matches at the Bulldog Classic and finished 4-3 in the fall. Lena Macomson rounds out the group that played in the fall. The senior from Olympia, Wash., picked up her first win on the second day of the Bulldog Classic and ended the fall with 1-4.

NEW FACES ON THE COURT
For the first time since the 2010 season, Oregon will have five freshmen on the roster. Lina Åkesson, Allie Hueffner, Kadie Hueffner, Marlou Kluiving and Maja Salibasic look to compete with the six upperclassmen for one of the six spots in singles action.

Åkesson hails from Bunkeflostrand, Sweden, where she compiled a 23-19 mark in the ITF junior girl’s circuit and reached as high as No. 562 in rankings. Allie and Kadie Hueffner come to Oregon having won back-to-back OSAA State Championships their junior and senior year in doubles play. Allie also compiled a 21-18 record in singles play competing in multiple United States Tennis Association matches while Kadie had a 23-15 mark.

Kluiving, a native of Eext, Netherlands, joins the Ducks with experience in the ITF circuit as well as experience with the Dutch National Team. She was ranked No. 46 in singles play and No. 40 for doubles in the Netherlands. Salibasic rounds out the group of freshmen for Oregon, hailing from Lukavac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was once the top-ranked junior player in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the 10, 12, 14 and 16 under categories in addition to her experience in ITF tournaments.

BALANCED ROSTER FOR DUCKS IN 2014
The Oregon women’s tennis team will have a nice mix of upper classmen and underclassmen representation this year with a trio of seniors and juniors and five freshmen. Lana Buttner, Lana Buttner and Rabea Stueckemann represent the senior class while Sofia Hager, Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor.

REBER SIGNS TOBITA FOR 2015
Head coach Paul Reber announced the signing of five-star athlete Alyssa Tobita of Mililani High School. The Mililani, Hawaii, native is a three-time Hawaii High School Athletic Association champion. Tobita also led the Trojans to their sixth-straight Oahu Interscholastic Association title last spring, her third since attending Mililani. She enters the 2014 season, her senior campaign, seeking her fourth-straight singles title.

NORTH CENTER COURT NAMED IN HONOR OF ALEX ROVELLO
In front of a crowd of over 200 friends, family, teammates and members of the UO community, the Oregon men’s tennis team hosted a court dedication ceremony in honor of Alex Rovello, on Saturday at the Student Tennis Center.  The program officially named the center court on the north side of the facility Alex Rovello Court, a fitting tribute to the remarkable career and life of Rovello, who passed away in a diving accident.