Women's Tennis Faces Arizona, Arizona State in Desert Duel

Feb. 7, 2001

WEEKEND PREVIEWThe Ducks, ranked 53rd in the latest ITA poll, will be looking for their first Pac-10 victory of the season as they fly south to face conference foes Arizona and Arizona State. Last week's 7-1 victory over Portland marked the third straight for Oregon, who improved to 3-2 (0-2 Pac-10). The No. 24 Wildcats (1-2, 0-2) defeated Northern Arizona 7-0 in its last match, while 10th-ranked Arizona State (2-1, 1-1) split matches with USC and UCLA.

COACH JACK GRIFFINGriffin enters his fifth season as head coach of Oregon women's tennis. At 34-58, he is quickly moving up the ranks of Oregon winningest women's tennis coaches. He is tied for second in tenure (4) among all Oregon coaches. The La Jolla, Calif., native was a standout player at the University of New Mexico, where he earned a degree in sports administration. In Griffin's first season as head coach, the Ducks advanced to the NCAA West Regional tournament. SInce then, the Ducks have been frequent visitors to postseason competition. In 1999, Oregon advanced to the round of 32 after upsetting No. 34-ranked South Florida. Last season, the Ducks against advanced to the NCAA tourney, only to fall to Mississippi State in the first round. This season, under the guidance of Griffin, the Ducks look to again achieve a berth to the NCAAs.

THE LAST TIMEThe last meeting between Oregon and Arizona resulted in a 5-4 Duck victory, their first ever over the Wilcats. On that same weekend, the Ducks fell to the Sun Devils, 5-1.

HOT STARTFreshman Davina Mendiburu, who joined the Ducks just one month ago, has posted a 4-1 mark in singles contests, and has teamed up with junior Janice Nyland to record four wins and a single loss in doubles play.

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