EUGENE – The No. 71 Oregon women’s tennis team started its dual season on the right track, improving its home-opener record to 10-1 since 2004 with a 7-0 victory over South Carolina Upstate on Friday evening at the Student Tennis Center. The Ducks took care of business early, sweeping the Spartans across the board in the first set of every singles match to go up early and finished strong even after a strong push from USC Upstate midway.
“It was good to get the dual season started and get those opening round nerves out of the way,” head coach Paul Reber said. “Even though we played a tough tournament last weekend, it’s still different when the dual matches start up. We had some nerves on some courts, but we were able to battle through it. This win definitely left us in a good position for Sunday.”
The Ducks host Eastern Washington on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Oregon jumped out to a fast start, winning the doubles point with Buttner/Hager dominating USC Upstate’s Zoske/Vande Berg 6-0 in the No. 3 spot, while freshmen Kluiving/Åkesson took down von Stryk/Baran 6-2 in the No. 2 spot.
“It felt good winning our doubles match first,” Lana Buttner said. “I think it took a lot of pressure off of the other girls, and it’s a great confidence boost for us heading into Sunday and the following week.”
With the new Intercollegiate Tennis Association rule changes, once a team clinches two doubles matches, the third unfinished match is suspended thus leaving the No. 1 doubles slot unfinished.
Nicole Long took care of Taylor Cohen in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles position. Rabea Stueckemann gave the Ducks their third point with a decisive win over Sarah Vande Berg, 6-2, 6-0, in the sixth spot. clinched the match for Oregon with a hard-fought win over Ana Baran, 6-2, 6-2 on court one. Sofia Hager finished soon after Buttner, downing Talia Rojas 6-3, 6-3 in the third singles slot.
“It was nice to win our first match, especially on my birthday,” Buttner said. “It was great to see the freshmen play well. Everyone did a great job of taking care of business.”
Lindsey Buenger of USC Upstate rallied back in the second set to go up 4-3, but freshman Lina Åkesson didn’t fold under pressure and closed out their match with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at the fifth singles position. Jasmine Minor won her first set 6-4, but went down 5-2 to Isabel von Stryk in the second set before fighting back to secure the 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) win.
No. 71 Oregon 7, South Carolina Upstate 0
No. 1 – Long/Minor vs. Cohen/Rojas Unf.
No. 2 – Kluiving/Åkesson def. von Stryk/Baran 6-2
No. 3 – Buttner/Hager def. Zoske/Vande Berg 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 2
No. 1 – Nicole Long def. Taylor Cohen 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 – Jasmine Minor def. Isanbel von Stryk 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
No. 3 – Sofia Hager def. Talia Rojas 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 – Lana Buttner def. Ana Baran 6-2, 6-2
No. 5 – Lina Åkesson def. Lindsey Buenger 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 – Rabea Stueckemann def. Sarah Vande Berg 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 1, 6, 4, 3, 5, 2