OREGON HITS THE ROAD FOR FIRST TIME IN 2013 DUAL SEASON
The Oregon Ducks are 7-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2006 spring and they hit the road for the first time this year this weekend (Feb. 16-17). Oregon faces East Tennessee State (2-0) at 9 a.m. on Saturday in a neutral-site match in Akron, Ohio. The Ducks follow Saturday’s match with a 9:30 a.m. contest at Akron against the host Zips (3-5) on Sunday.
SKOWRONSKI RANKED NATIONALLY IN LATEST ITA POLL
Senior Patricia Skowronski was ranked No. 101 in the most recent ITA singles rankings released on Feb. 12. Skowronski, who is 7-0 in No. 1 dual singles matches this year, is the first Oregon player ranked nationally since Julia Metzger was ranked 92nd in the preseason 2012 singles poll.
LONG’S STREAK HITS 11, LEADS ALL PAC-12 PLAYERS
Sophomore Nicole Long beat UC Davis’ Lauren Curry (6-2, 6-2) in the No. 2 singles match on Feb. 9 to move her dual record to 7-0 in singles play and extend her overall winning streak to 11 matches. Entering last weekend Long’s winning streak ranked second in the Pac-12 behind UCLA’s Robin Anderson, who carried a 14-match win streak into the weekend. However, Anderson lost on Feb. 11 to North Carolina’s Gina Suarez-Malaguti, 6-3, 6-4, in the ITA Indoor Team Championships to snap her streak. Long’s 11-match winning streak now leads all players in the Pac-12 Conference.
DUCKS IN THE MIDST OF BEST HOME WINNING STREAK SINCE 2004
The Ducks have won seven consecutive matches at home to open up the 2013 season and nine straight dating back to the end of the 2012 campaign. The seven-match winning streak matches the best start at home since the 2004 season, when Oregon won its first eight in Eugene.
OREGON STAYS PUT AT NO. 69 NATIONAL RANKING
The Oregon Ducks remained at No. 69 in the Feb. 12 ITA National Team Rankings. It is the third straight week that the Ducks have been tabbed in the No. 69 slot; they were ranked 66th coming into the spring.
SKOWRONSKI, LONG REMAIN UNBEATEN IN SINGLES, DOUBLES PLAY
Senior Patricia Skowronski and sophomore Nicole Long are both 7-0 in dual singles matches entering the weekend in Akron. Skowronski has won all seven of her dual matches in the No. 1 position, while Long has three wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 slots and one in the No. 4 position.
In addition, Skowronski and Long have formed a dominating doubles duo, starting the year 6-0 in No. 1 dual doubles matches. Most recently, the Oregon pair knocked off UC Davis’ Ellie Edles and Tiffany Pham, 8-3, on Feb. 9 in Eugene.
Skowronski and Long are the only Oregon players with active win streaks over at least five matches. Skowronski has won seven straight, while Long’s 11-match winning streak leads all players in the Pac-12.
DUCKS CLIMB TO 28-OVER .500 IN SINGLES PLAY
The Oregon Ducks are a combined 35-7 (.833) in dual singles matches through their first six matches of the year. Last season, Oregon went a combined 67-59 (.532) in dual singles matches. In doubles play, the Ducks are a combined 14-2 (.875) through six matches, 23 wins shy of matching last year’s mark of 37-26 (.587).
BUTTNER MATCHES SINGLES WIN TOTAL FROM A YEAR AGO
Junior Lana Buttner is 7-4 overall in singles matches this year, matching her win total from all of last season. A year ago, Buttner finished 7-9 and was 2-4 in dual matches and 5-5 in tournament play. Buttner is already 5-1 in dual matches this year and is 2-3 in tournament play.
HAGER/HUGHES DOUBLES DUO MOVES TO 4-0
Sophomore Sofia Hager and freshman Brooke Hughes moved to 4-0 in doubles play on Feb. 2-3 by winning two matches in the No. 3 position and one in the No. 2 doubles slot. The Oregon duo has out-scored their opponents 32-10 in their four doubles matches of the spring. Hager and Hughes were closing in on their fifth doubles win, leading 7-6, on Feb. 3 against Portland but the match was suspended after Julia Metzger and Pascale Neubert won their match, 8-6, to secure the doubles point for Oregon. Hager and Hughes are second on the team in victories in dual-match doubles play (4-0), trailing only Skowronski and Long (6-0). They are 3-0 in No. 3 doubles matches and 1-0 in the No. 2 slot; additionally, along with Skowronski and Long, the duo is one of just two Oregon doubles teams with active winning streaks of at least four matches.
OREGON REMAINS UNBEATEN IN NO. 1 MATCHES
Senior Patricia Skowronski continues to carry her squad in No. 1 matches in both singles and doubles play. The Ducks have yet to lose a match in either category; Skowronski is 7-0 in No. 1 singles matches and 6-0 with teammate Nicole Long in No. 1 doubles matches. Last season, the Ducks finished just 10-11 in No. 1 singles matches and 11-10 in No. 1 doubles contests.
ALL BUT ONE PAC-12 TEAM RANKED NATIONALLY
Only the Colorado Buffaloes are unranked in the most recent ITA Tennis Poll (Feb. 12). The Ducks enter the week ranked 69th and four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top-eight in the nation (UCLA: 3, USC: 6, Stanford: 7, California: 8). Rounding out the Pac-12 ranked teams are No. 29 Arizona State, No. 33 Arizona, 35th-ranked Washington State, No. 38 Utah and No. 39 Washington.
DUCKS MEET TWO TEAMS FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER REBER
Oregon will meet East Tennessee State on Saturday and Akron on Sunday for the first time under head coach Paul Reber. Reber is 52-29 (.642) during his tenure at Oregon in matches played against non-conference opponents.
Following Oregon’s trip to Ohio, the team returns home to Eugene for six matches at the Oregon Student Tennis Center beginning on March 8 against Brigham Young. The homestand will begin after nearly a three-week match layoff. Four of those six matches are Pac-12 contests; the conference slate starts on March 15 against the No. 39 Washington Huskies.