EUGENE – After being on the road for nine-grueling days that consisted of six matches, the Oregon women’s tennis team are finally back home and ready to continue Pac-12 play. The Ducks are set to entertain No. 40 Washington at noon on Sunday at the Student Tennis Center.LIVE COVERAGE
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HOME SWEET HOME
The Ducks are happy to be home after going 1-5 on its nine-day road trip during spring break. Oregon is 6-1 in the friendly confines of the Student Tennis Center with a 1-1 mark in Pac-12 play.
UO begins its three-match homestand Sunday, April 6, that’ll last through next Sunday. Oregon will play host to Washington, Stanford and California during the homestand before facing Idaho in its final non-conference matchup. The Ducks then finish Pac-12 play on the road at Washington State.
DUCKS AWAIT HUSKIES
Washington will make the trip to Eugene, Ore., for a noontime matchup on Sunday, April 6, at the Student Tennis Center. The Huskies are 10-8 on the year with an 0-6 mark in the Pac-12 conference. UW has beaten a handful ranked teams on the year that include No. 42 Long Beach State, No. 50 UNLV, No. 35 St. Mary’s and No. 61 TCU.
Before playing Oregon, the Huskies will head to the Pullman for an Apple Cup showdown with the Cougars of Washington State on Friday, April 4. Washington will look to snap their six-match losing skid against the 48th-ranked Cougars.
UW is led by Julija Lukac, who enters this week’s contest 8-5 on the year at singles No. 3. Elianne Douglas-Miron is second on the team with a 7-7 record and is ranked No. 107 according to the ITA. The sophomore is 4-7 on the year at No. 1 singles and 3-0 at No. 2 singles.
Washington has a pair of doubles teams that lead the Huskies in doubles play. Douglas-Miron and Riko Shimizu are 8-6 at No.1 doubles while Natali Coronel and Grace Ysidora are 8-6 on the year between No. 2 doubles (7-6) and No. 3 doubles (1-0).
LAST TIME OUT
The Ducks return home after completing its nine-day six-match road trip that consisted of four ranked teams in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 50.
Oregon was able to pull off one win against Northern Arizona in a neutral match at the Whiteman Tennis Complex in Tempe, Ariz., and managed to steal one team point against UNLV but fell 4-1.
Oregon opened its road swing falling to both No. 25 Arizona and No. 45 Arizona State 4-0. With NAU and UNLV sandwiched in between, the Ducks then traveled to Los Angeles, Calif., to meet a pair of powerhouse teams in No. 12 USC and No. 2 UCLA. Oregon and were outmatched by both teams, 4-0.
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.