Women's Tennis Defeats Central Florida 4-3

March 25, 2002

ORLANDO, Fla. - Newcomer Daria Panova helped spark the University of Oregon women's tennis to a 4-3 win Monday over Central Florida.

'It was a good match for us since we haven't been outdoors for a while,' Oregon coach Jack Griffin said. 'We put the match away 4-0 pretty quick, which showed a lot of character and desire of our team.'

Panova, a freshman from Moscow, Russia, joined the team last week and won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles in her first collegiate match against Central Florida's Emmanuelle Sauze.

The Ducks also received wins from Monika Gieczys at No. 2 and Vickie Gunnarsson at No. 5 singles. Oregon swept the doubles point, as Panova teamed with Gieczys at the No. 2 slot to win 8-4.

Oregon improves to 8-9 on the season while the Golden Knights fall to 6-8.

The Ducks remain in Florida for the remainder of the week with two matches on their slate. On Wednesday, Oregon will take on South Florida at 2 p.m. and then will play Friday against Florida International at noon.



Singles
No. 1 - Daria Panova (UO) def. Emmanuelle Sauze (UCF), 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 - Monika Gieczys (UO) def. Anna Westin (UCF), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 - Marieke Gunawan (UCF) def. Janice Nyland (UO), 6-2, 6-7, (11-9)
No. 4 - Julie Pecastaing (UCF) def. Davina Mendiburu (UO), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
No. 5 - Vickie Gunnarsson (UO) def. Kristina Lohmos (UCF), 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 - Amira Samara (UCF) def. Courtney Nagle (UO), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Doubles
No. 1 - Mendiburu/Nagle (UO), def. Westin/Pecastaing (UCF), 9-7
No. 2 - Gieczys/Panova (UO) def. Gunawan/Sauze (UCF), 8-4
No. 3 - Bak/Nyland (UO) def. Lohmos/Samara (UCF), 8-2

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