EUGENE, Ore. – The No. 64 Oregon Ducks lost a 6-1 match to No. 6 UCLA on Friday afternoon on the outdoor courts at the Oregon Student Tennis Center.
The Ducks fell to 12-9 overall and 1-8 in Pac-12 play with the loss. The Bruins improved to 16-4 overall and 7-2 in conference play with the victory.
UCLA won the doubles point to start the day by taking 2-of-3 from the Ducks. However, Oregon’s only win in doubles play came in the No. 1 spot, when Patricia Skowronski and Nicole Long knocked off UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips and Skylar Morton, 8-7 (3), the 36th-ranked doubles duo in the country.
The Bruins grabbed a 2-0 lead after Sofia Hager fell (6-2, 6-1) to 96th-ranked Kaitlin Ray in the No. 4 match to start off singles play. But Lana Buttner brought Oregon back into the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Holly Fleming in the No. 6 match about 20 minutes later.
UCLA took a 3-1 lead, though, courtesy of a 6-2, 7-5 win by Morton over Pascale Neubert in the No. 5 match. Then, Pamela Montez clinched the match for UCLA with a three-set win (6-4, 2-6, 6-0) over Skowronski in the No. 2 slot.
Long fell to No. 71 McPhillips (7-5, 6-4) and Julia Metzger dropped a three-set match to Courtney Dolehide to wrap up the day.
Oregon next hits the court on Sunday (April 14) at home against No. 5 USC.