OREGON MEETS SANTA CLARA IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
Sunday’s match between the No. 70 Oregon Ducks and No. 58 Santa Clara Broncos marks the final regular season match of the year for Oregon. On Tuesday (April 23), the Ducks head to Ojai, Calif., for the 2013 Pac-12 Championships. The Ducks are looking to snap their four-match losing streak on Sunday in Eugene. Match time is scheduled for 12 p.m.
SUNDAY’S MATCH MARKS FINAL DAY IN EUGENE FOR TWO OREGON SENIORS
The Ducks’ match against Santa Clara is also the last home match for two Oregon seniors – Julia Metzger and Patricia Skowronski. This year, Metzger leads the Ducks with 22 overall wins and an impressive 16-4 mark in dual singles play. In addition, Metzger is 6-3 in Pac-12 singles matches. Skowronski enters the Santa Clara match with 16 overall singles wins and a 12-10 clip in dual play. All 12 of her dual wins have come at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles slot. In addition, Skowronski and teammate Nicole Long were ranked 64th in the most recent ITA National Doubles Poll. The Oregon duo is 16-8 overall and 15-6 in dual doubles competition. All 15 of their dual wins have come in the No. 1 spot. Last weekend, Skowronski and Long beat the No. 36 doubles pair in the nation, UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips and Skylar Morton, 8-7 (3).
OREGON VS. SANTA CLARA – LAST TIME OUT
Oregon and Santa Clara last met on Jan. 28, 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos came away with a 4-3 victory. The Ducks posted three singles victories that afternoon, including one by then-freshman Sofia Hager in the No. 3 singles spot.
SUNDAY’S RANKED PLAYERS
In addition to Oregon’s No. 64 doubles duo of Skowronski and Long, Santa Clara comes to Eugene with one nationally-ranked singles player. Junior Katie Le was ranked 28th in the latest ITA National Singles Poll.
Following Sunday’s match against Santa Clara, Oregon will head to the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif. The five-day championship tournament begins April 23 and concludes April 28.
WHAT A WIN ON SUNDAY WOULD MEAN TO OREGON ...
If No. 70 Oregon knocks off No. 58 Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon in Eugene, the Ducks would reach the 13-win plateau for the first time under head coach Paul Reber and for the first time since their 17-win season in 2005. That year, Oregon advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after a 16-win regular season. Oregon has won 12 overall matches in each of the last two seasons and also in both 2006 and 2007. In addition, a win on Sunday for the Ducks would give them their third win over a ranked opponent this season. Oregon has already beaten Denver and San Francisco when the two teams were ranked 55th and 67th, respectively.