LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Oregon women’s tennis team can finally head home after a brutal nine-day six-match road trip that ended with a, 4-0, loss to No. 2-ranked UCLA on Saturday, March 29, in a Pac-12 Networks televised match.
The Ducks had their work cut out for them with the Bruins boasting a top-55 ranked singles player in the first five singles positions, including a top-ranked doubles pair and a No. 5 ranked doubles pair.
Oregon (7-10, 1-5 Pac-12) managed to get just four games in doubles play before UCLA (17-1, 5-0 Pac-12) clinched the doubles point. Courtney Dolehide and Chanelle Van Nguyen of the Bruins gave up just two games at No. 3 doubles to Allie Hueffner and Kadie Hueffner, winning 8-2.
The Bruins earned their first singles point immediately at the start of singles play after Sofia Hager defaulted at the No. 6 singles slot.
UCLA earned its third point in the team score after Lina Åkesson fell to No. 55 Catherine Harrison 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Like Åkesson, A. Hueffner only managed to steal one point in the first set to Brady and fell 6-1, 6-0. UCLA’s match clinching win at No. 3 singles also snapped A. Hueffner’s six-match winning streak.
Playing the No. 4-ranked singles player in the nation, Long was able to win four games in the first set before the match was suspended with Anderson leading 6-4, 3-0 at No. 1 singles. Minor was trailing Nguyen, who is the No. 11-ranked singles player in the nation, at the No. 2 singles position, 6-3, 3-2 when the Bruins clinched the match.
K. Hueffner managed to steal one point in the first set, (6-1, 2-0) to No. 40 Kyle McPhillips at No. 5 singles before the match was decided.
Oregon now heads home to the friendly confines of the Student Tennis Center as it prepares for a noon contest with Washington on Sunday, April 6.
#2 UCLA 4, Oregon 0
No. 1 - #1 Anderson/Brady (UCLA) def. Long/Minor (ORE) 8-0
No. 2 - #5 Harrison/McPhillips (UCLA) led Hager/Kluiving (ORE) 6-2
No. 3 – Dolehide/Nguyen (UCLA) def. A. Hueffner/K. Hueffner 8-2
Order of Finish: 3, 1
No. 1 – #4 Robin Anderson (UCLA) led Nicole Long (ORE) 6-4, 3-0 (Unf.)
No. 2 – #11 Chanelle Van Nguyen (UCLA) led Jasmine Minor (ORE) 6-3, 3-2 (Unf.)
No. 3 – #16 Jennifer Brady (UCLA) def. Allie Hueffner (ORE) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 – #55 Catherine Harrison (UCLA) def. Lina Åkesson (ORE) 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 – #40 Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) led Kadie Hueffner (ORE) 6-1, 2-0 (Unf.)
No. 6 – Kaitlin Ray (UCLA) def. Sofia Hager (ORE) Default
Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3