#51 Women's Tennis Hits The Road This Weekend
March 1, 2001
Sat., Mar. 3 Loyola Marymount, Fresno, Calif., 1 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 4 Fresno State, Fresno, Calif., 1 p.m.
HEAVY CLOUDS AND LOTS OF RAIN
Oregon, ranked No. 51, weathered a 5-2 defeat at the hands of No. 9 USC before rain forced the cancellation of last Saturday's contest against then-No. 18 UCLA. The match is rescheduled for April 25.
The Ducks (3-5, 0-5 Pac-10) travel to Fresno, Calif., to face Loyola Marymount and No. 30 Fresno State. The Lions (3-3, 0-1 WAC) recorded a 4-3 win over Cal Poly on Feb. 23, while the Bulldogs (4-1) are coming off a 5-2 upset of then-No. 18 UCLA.
COACH JACK GRIFFIN
Griffin enters his fifth season as head coach of Oregon women's tennis. 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 South Florida. Last season, the Ducks advanced to the NCAA tournament, 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.
THE LAST TIME
Fresno State owns a 5-1 series record, including a 9-0 win over Oregon in 1999. In that same year, the Ducks defeated Loyola Marymount by a score of 6-0.
Freshmen Courtney Nagle and Davina Mendiburu won their respective matches against USC, the pair accounted for the two Oregon points. Nagle (8-2) and Mendiburu (5-3) own the best singles records on the Ducks this season.