OJAI, Calif. — Head coach Paul Reber and the Oregon Ducks will travel to Ojai, Calif., for the 2013 Pac-12 Championships on Thursday (April 25). The tournament will run through Sunday, April 28.
Sophomore Nicole Long and Senior Patricia Skowronski will compete in both singles and doubles play. Long finished the regular season 22-10 and 15-8 in dual singles play. She went 3-7 in Pac-12 play, playing all 10 matches in the No. 1 slot. Long, who is ranked No. 102 nationally, will play Arizona's Kim Stubbe on Thursday at 11 a.m. In Oregon's match against Arizona on March 24, Stubbe lost the No. 2 singles match to Skowronski, 6-3, 6-2. The winner of the first round match will meet the winner of the match between No. 8 seed Kyle McPhillips (UCLA) and Julyette Steur (Colorado) at 3:30 p.m. in the Round of 16 on Friday (April 26).
Meanwhile, Skowronski will open tournament play against No. 2 seed Anett Schutting (California), who is ranked eighth in the country, at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The winner will play the winner of the match between Akilah James (Arizona) and USC's Gabi Desimone at 3:30 p.m. in the Round of 16 on Friday. Schutting beat Long, 6-2, 6-1, in the only match between Oregon and California on April 5. Skowronski finished with two wins in conference play and went 13-10 in dual matches. She went 7-2 in dual matches in the No. 1 spot and 6-8 in the No. 2 position.
Oregon's doubles duo of Skowronski and Long, who played all 22 of their dual matches in the No. 1 slot and finished the regular season 15-7 (6-4, Pac-12), will meet second-seeded Jaqueline Cako and Nicole Smith (Arizona State) in the opening round of the doubles draw. Match time is slated for 10 a.m. on Friday morning. Cako and Smith are ranked 28th in the final ITA doubles poll, while Skowronski and Long check in at No. 75.
The 32-player singles draw consists of three players from each of the top ten schools that sponsor women’s tennis and two players from the 11th-place team based on the regular season standings. The 16-team women’s doubles draw will have one doubles team from each of the 11 schools and five additional teams selected by the Draw Committee.
The Pac-12 women will play the first two rounds at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club and the semifinals and finals at Libbey Park. The women’s singles championship match is scheduled for 10 a.m. (PT) on Sunday at Libbey Park and will be followed by the doubles final at 2 p.m. (PT).
Pac-12 Networks will be televising the Pac-12 Tennis Championships. The women’s singles will be shown live on Sunday, April 28 at 10 a.m. (PT). The women’s doubles finals will be shown on tape delay on Sunday, April 28 at 8 p.m. (PT).
For complete coverage of the opening rounds of the Pac-12 Championships, visit GoDucks.com or follow @OregonWTennis on Twitter.