EUGENE – With the winter term wrapping up and spring break ahead, the Oregon women’s tennis team will face an arduous road schedule that consists of six matches in a nine day span. The Ducks begin the first leg of their road trip with Arizona State on Friday, March 21, at 1:30 p.m. before driving south to Tucson, Ariz., for a match with the Wildcats of Arizona on Saturday, March 22, at noon. Oregon then wraps up the first leg of its road trip with Northern Arizona in a neutral site match back in Tempe, Ariz.
Allie Hueffner is making the most of her time in the lineup for Oregon as of late. The freshman is undefeated (3-0) in dual play and 1-0 in conference play. The Portland, Ore., product is also riding a six-match winning streak as the Ducks head out for their road trip.
Nicole Long joined Jasmine Minor as the only Oregon players to reach double-digit wins. Long’s eighth victory at No. 1 singles against then-No. 60 Colorado puts her at 10-5 on the year and 8-3 in dual play, all at the top singles position. Minor, a transfer from Georgia Tech, was the first Duck to reach double-digit wins when she defeated Olga Shkundina from Akron back on Feb. 22.
Lana Buttner and Sofia Hager have been Oregon’s most consistent pair in doubles. The duo is 8-1 overall in dual play and suffered their only loss to then-No. 44 Utah in their Pac-12 opener. The two were riding a seven-match winning streak before their loss.
FORK IN THE ROAD
Oregon opens up its nine-day road swing with No. 25 Arizona State at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 21, at the Whiteman Tennis Center. Head coach Paul Reber returns to his alma mater once again, seeking his first victory against the Sun Devils since taking over the program at Oregon.
The Sun Devils are 13-2 on the year and 1-0 in Pac-12 play thanks to their 6-1 win at then-No. 28 Washington. Arizona State is riding an eight-match winning streak after the Sun Devils defeated No. 40 Purdue 5-2.
ASU is led by Stephanie Vlad who is ranked No. 50 in singles play by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association while teammate Desirae Krawczyk comes in at No. 96 in the polls.
WILDCATS AWAIT THE DUCKS
The Ducks will have a quick turnaround after their match against ASU, as they head south to Tucson, Ariz., to continue Pac-12 play at noon against No. 45 Arizona at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. The ‘Cats are set to host No. 40 Purdue Wed., March 19, and No. 50 Washington State on March 21 before entertaining Oregon.
The Wildcats head into their match versus Purdue 11-1 on the year and 1-0 in Pac-12 play. Arizona defeated then-No. 28 Washington in its lone conference match, 6-1.
Arizona’s Kim Stubbe earned this week’s Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after the senior won both of her singles and doubles matches on the road against Seattle and Washington. Stubbe played both of her singles matches at the No. 2 position and also plays at the No. 2 position in doubles.
The senior is also comes in at No. 99 in the most recent ITA Division I singles poll while teammate Lacey Smyth comes in at No. 91 in the rankings.
SCOUTING THE LUMBERJACKS
Oregon wraps up the first leg of its six-match road trip with Northern Arizona at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 24, back at the Whiteman Tennis Center. NAU has righted its ship and is on a two-match winning streak after suffering a seven match losing skid.
The Lumberjacks won both of their conference matches against Eastern Washington and North Dakota to improve their conference record to 3-1.
Northern Arizona is 4-10 overall as they prepare for a pair of Big Sky matches against Northern Colorado and Montana before taking on the Ducks. Head coach Paul Reber is 1-0 all-time against the Lumberjacks, with UO winning 6-1 over NAU during the 2012 season.
Johanna Vang leads NAU with seven wins in singles play, going 3-3 at the No. 1 singles slot and 4-4 at the No. 2 position. Jordan Denesik is second on the team with six wins. The sophomore is 3-6 playing in the No. 3 singles position and 3-2 at the No. 4 slot.
The Lumberjack’s pair of Tatum Rochin and Vang is 6-4 together, with all their wins coming at the No. 2 doubles position (6-3). Emelia Box and Hailey Rochin also have six wins. The duo is 6-7 overall together and 5-7 playing at No. 1 and 1-0 at the No. 2 position. NAU has been most successful at doubles No. 2, going 9-5 as a team.
LAST TIME OUT
The Oregon women’s tennis team saw then-No. 44 Utah come into Eugene and sweep the Ducks, 4-0, on March 7 at the Student Tennis Center. The Utes swept UO at doubles No. 2 and No. 3 to take the doubles point before winning at singles No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5.
The Ducks rebounded two days later to upset then-No. 60 Colorado at home in a thrilling finish, 4-3. With both teams winning a doubles match, it came down to Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor at doubles No. 1. The Oregon pair flew by Alexandra Aiello and Carla Manzi, 8-4, to seal the doubles point.
In singles play, the Ducks and ‘Buffs went back and forth until it came down to Lana Buttner at No. 5 singles after Manzi defeated Marlou Kluiving 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. The senior lost her first set 6-4 to Dhany Quevedo before rallying back to win the second set 6-0. With the team score tied at 3-3 after Kluiving went down, Buttner saw Quevedo tie things up at 4-4 before Buttner shut the door on CU to claim the third set, 6-4, to lift Oregon past Colorado.
The win over Colorado was UO’s first win over a ranked opponent since its 5-2 upset of No. 58 Santa Clara in April 21 of last season.
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 Nov. 9, 2013, at the Student Tennis Center. The program officially named the center court on the north side of the facility the Alex Rovello Court, a fitting tribute to the remarkable career and life of Rovello, who passed away in a diving accident