EUGENE – The No. 71 ranked Oregon women’s tennis team dominated their second dual match of the season, downing Eastern Washington in straight-sets (7-0) Sunday evening at the Student Tennis Center. Freshmen Allie Hueffner and Marlou Kluiving recorded their first singles win in dual play today.
Head coach Paul Reber is now 5-0 against Eastern Washington (1-1) with the win Sunday. The last time the Ducks swept their first two matches was back in 2007 when Oregon (2-0) defeated Montana State and Portland in Reber’s first year at UO.
“It was a good opening weekend for us,” said Reber. “I was very happy with how we competed and concentrated, particularly in today’s match. We came out with a lot of energy in both doubles and singles matches. We were able to get on top of them early in singles play which was a great. Our young players did great playing in their first collegiate match, fighting through all the nerves and came out with a win.”
Lana Buttner and Sofia Hager were dominant in doubles play once again finishing first and defeated Eastern Washington’s Mo. Hedberg/Domingo 6-2. The Eagles were poised to cut the lead to 5-3 with a 40-30 lead but a shot down the line from Buttner followed by a ball hit out of bounds by Domingo clinched the victory at the No. 2 singles position.
Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor clinched the doubles point for Oregon as the pair rallied back to take match point after being down 40-15 to take the 6-3 victory over Young/Ma. Hedberg. A. Hueffner and Kadie Hueffner’s match was left unfinished with the twins leading 5-3 over EWU after Long/Minor clinched the doubles point.
The Ducks kept the ball rolling in singles play, winning 6-0 in the first set in four of the six matches. Kluiving made quick work of her match downing Alexis Filliol 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 4 singles slot. Senior Rabea Stueckemann wrapped up her match moments after Kluiving and defeated Brittany Ellingsen 6-0, 6-1.
“I was pretty nervous in the beginning, but I started to play the way I wanted midway through the first set,” said Kluiving. “After settling in, I got aggressive and eventually my nerves went away which allowed me to take control of the points.”
After allowing a pair of games in the first set to Dani Young, Hager dominated the second set to grab the 6-2, 6-0 victory in the third singles position. A long rally ensued in game number four of the second set for Minor, but the junior transfer went on to defeat Katrina Domingo 6-0, 6-2.
A. Hueffner didn’t waste any time in her first singles match in dual play, sweeping Malieva Hedberg 6-0, 6-0. At the No.1 position, Long had her hands full with Moira Hedberg battling her for every point. The junior from Irving, Texas, however kept her composure and defeated Mo. Hedberg 6-2, 6-3 to complete the 7-0 sweep for Oregon
The Ducks return to action next weekend with a pair of matches on Saturday and Sunday. UO first hosts Portland at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Student Tennis Center and then entertains Portland State on Sunday at 3 p.m.
No. 71 Oregon (2-0, 0-0 Pac-12) 7, Eastern Washington (1-1, 0-0 Big Sky) 0
No. 1 – Long/Minor (UO) def. Mo. Hedberg/Domingo (EWU) 6-3
No. 2 – Buttner/Hager (UO) def. Young/Ma. Hedberg 6-2
No. 3 – A. Hueffner/K. Hueffner (UO) vs. Filliol/Ellingsen Unf. (5-3)
Order of finish: 2, 1
No. 1 – Nicole Long (UO) def. Moira Hedberg (EWU) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 – Jasmine Minor (UO) def. Katrina Domingo (EWU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 – Sofia Hager (UO) def. Dani Young (EWU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 – Marlou Kluiving (UO) def. Alexis Filliol 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 – Rabea Stueckemann (UO) def. Brittany Ellingsen (EWU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 – Allie Hueffner (UO) def. Malieva Hedberg 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish: 4, 5, 3, 2, 6, 1