Women's Tennis Takes on No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 USC

Feb. 20, 2001

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After a week off, and two losses at the hands of the Arizona schools the prior week, the Ducks will look for wins against No. 8 UCLA and No. 9 USC this weekend in Los Angeles. The Ducks snapped their three-match winning streak in Arizona and hope to upset two top-10 teams coming off shut-outs at the National Team Indoors championships in Madison, Wisc. UCLA is 3-4 for the season and gave up four consecutive losses with the absence of their top singles player, No. 13 Sara Walker. Also in a slump, the Women of Troy (6-3) eliminated Wake Forest in the first round of the National Team Indoor, but fell to No. 20 Northwestern and No. 1 Stanford.

Griffin enters his fifth season as head coach of Oregon women's tennis. At 34-58, he is quickly moving up the ranks of Oregon's 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 in the NCAAs.

Almost picking off then, No. 8 UCLA, the Ducks fell to the Bruins, 5-4 inEugene. In the same weekend USC defeated UO, 7-2.

Bay Area natives, junior Janice Nyland and freshman Courtney Nagle, return to their home state this weekend. Nyland and Nagle are two of the three Americans on the Duck squad of eight.

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