EUGENE – Facing its third-straight ranked opponent in as many matches, the Oregon women’s tennis team had opportunities to put away its opponents but fell short as the 40th-ranked Washington Huskies came out on top 4-1.
“I thought we responded pretty well after losing the doubles point in a tiebreaker,” assistant coach Maja Kovacek said. “We battled for the doubles point which was nice, but it was one of our longest doubles matches lasting about an hour and 40 minutes. We need to be more comfortable playing a couple of spots and we need to be able to put away points to win against good teams.”
With mix-ups in the UO (7-11, 1-6 Pac-12) doubles lineup, the Ducks sported three doubles teams that have never played together all year.
Marlou Kluiving and Allie Hueffner at No. 3 doubles didn’t let the unfamiliarity affect them, downing Washington’s (11-9, 1-7 Pac-12) pair of Andjela Nemcevic and Jilija Lukac in fairly quick fashion, 8-3.
Minor and Lina Åkesson weren’t able to hold off Grace Ysidora and Natali Coronel at No 2 doubles, falling 8-4.
Playing together for the first time, Nicole Long and Sofia Hager went down 5-1 to start the match, but with Kluiving and Hueffner winning, the pair stepped it up and battled back to tie things up at 5-5. The Huskies’ Elianne Douglass-Miron and Riko Shimizu took the sixth point before Long and Hager forced a tiebreak at 7-7.
Like the latter half of the match, both pairs exchanged points throughout the tiebreak. With Long serving with UO ahead 8-7, Douglas-Miron and Shimizu were able to tie it up at 8-8 before they clinched the doubles point for UW with two-straight points, 8-7 (10-8).
Minor snapped her five-match losing streak and gave UO its lone point after she defeated Grace Ysidora 6-1, 6-4 at singles No. 2, tying the match at 1-1.
“It felt good,” Minor said, when asked about how she felt after snapping her five-match losing streak. “I actually took a lot of confidence from spring break because my quality of play was getting much better. I definitely got my energy back this week after that nine-day road trip.”
Washington retook the lead, 2-1, moments after Minor tied it up thanks to Shimizu who downed Åkesson 6-2, 6-4 in the sixth singles slot.
The Huskies added on to their lead after Coronel downed Hueffner in straight-sets 6-3, 6-3.
With Lana Buttner ahead 2-0 in the third set, Hager’s rally fell short against Lukac at No. 3 singles, falling 6-4, 6-2 to clinch the match for the Huskies, 4-1.
Long’s match at No. 1 singles was left abandoned with her leading Douglass-Miron 7-5, 5-3 after UW clinched the victory.
Oregon returns to the Student Tennis Center for its final two matches at home, starting at Noon on Friday, April 11, when the Ducks play host to Stanford. The Ducks then host California at Noon on Sunday, April 13, for its final home match of the season and will also honor their three seniors.
#40 Washington 4, Oregon 1
No. 1 – Douglas-Miron/Shimizu (WASH) def. Long/Hager (ORE) 8-7 (10-8)
No. 2 – Ysidora/Coronel (WASH) def. Minor/Akesson (ORE) 8-4
No. 3 – Kluiving/A. Hueffner (ORE) def. Nemcevic/Lukac (ORE) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1
No. 1 – Nicole Long (ORE) led Elianne Douglass-Miron (WASH) 7-5, 5-3 (Unf.)
No. 2 – Jasmine Minor (ORE) def. Grace Ysidora (WASH) 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 – Julija Lukac (WASH) def. Sofia Hager (ORE) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 – Lana Buttner (ORE) led Andjela Nemcevic (WASH) 6-3, 2-6, 2-0 (Unf.)
No. 5 – Natali Coronel (WASH) def. Allie Hueffner (ORE) 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 – Riko Shimizu (WASH) def. Lina Åkesson (ORE) 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 6, 5, 3