Freshman Advances to Women's Tennis Quarterfinals at Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2002

OJAI, Calif. - University of Oregon freshman Daria Panova won two singles matches Thursday in the main draw of the Pac-10 Individual Championships.

Panova, a Moscow, Russia, native who joined the Ducks in late March, defeated Arizona State's 68th-ranked Mhairi Brown 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round. It marked the third straight ranked player Panova has beaten. In the second round, Panova made quick work of Lorena Arias of Washington State, winning 6-2, 6-2.

'I'm really excited for Daria,' Oregon coach Jack Griffin said. 'It was a strong showing for her today.'

Panova now will play the top seed, USC's Jewel Peterson in a quarterfinal match Friday at 9:30 a.m.

In other main draw action, Oregon's Janice Nyland, Vickie Gunnarsson and Monika Gieczys each lost in straight sets and will compete in a singles back draw Friday. In the invitational draw, Ducks sophomore Davina Mendiburu beat Rio del Rosario of California 6-3, 6-2, before losing in the second round to Arizona State's Megan Yeats, 6-1, 6-4. Oregon's Ester Bak and Courtney Nagle both lost their first-round matches in the invitational draw.

On the men's side, the Ducks struggled by losing all four singles matches in the main draw.

'We've been more competitive this year,' Oregon men's coach Chris Russell said. 'It was a disappointing day. I know we have a lot more in us than what we showed today. Hopefully, we'll see it Friday in doubles.'

Oregon freshman Johan Paalberg advanced to the invitational draw round of 16 but fell 6-2, 6-1 to USC's Ruben Torres.

Doubles play begins at 11 a.m. for men's and women's competitors. Complete, up-to-the-minute results can be accessed at www.ojaitourney.com.



Pac-10 Individual Championships * Ojai, Calif.

WOMEN'S SINGLES MAIN DRAW
Peterson, Jewel, USC d. Nyland, Janice, ORE, 6-4, 6-0
Panova Daria, ORE d. Brown Mhairi, ASU, 2-6, 7-5, 7-5
Fusano, Christina, CAL d. Gunnarsson, Vickie, ORE, 6-4, 6-3
Engel, Adria, ASU d. Gieczys, Monika, ORE, 6-2, 6-2

WOMEN'S SINGLES MAIN DRAW - ROUND OF 16
Panova, Daria, UO, d. Arias, Lorena, WSU, 6-2, 6-2

WOMEN'S SINGLES INVITATIONAL DRAW
Havlicek, Nicole, CAL d. Bak, Ester, ORE, 6-1, 6-1
Mendiburu, Davina, ORE d. del Rosario, Rio, CAL, 6-3, 6-2
Hoe, Erin, WASH d. Nagle, Courtney, ORE, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

WOMEN'S SINGLES INVITATIONAL DRAW - ROUND OF 16
Yeats, Megan, ASU d. Mendiburu, Davina, ORE, 6-1, 6-4

MEN'S SINGLES MAIN DRAW
Vlaski, Alex, WASH d. Pawlowski, Martin ORE, 6-1, 6-2
Haviland, Ryan, STAN d. Teig, Oded, ORE, 6-1, 6-3
Grilli, Rodrigo, UCLA d. Kost, Manuel, ORE, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
Amritraj, Prakash, USC d. Swinnen, Swen, ORE, 6-3, 7-5

MEN'S SINGLES INVITATIONAL DRAW
Miles, Ben, CAL d. Menke, Jason, ORE, 6-2, 7-5
O'Grady, Colin, ARIZ d. Halberg, Kyle, ORE, 6-4, 6-0
Paalberg, Johan, ORE d. Nick Kreiss, UCLA (no score)
Brateanu, Roeland, ARIZ d. King, Chris, ORE, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

MEN'S SINGLES INVITATIONAL DRAW- ROUND OF 16
Torres, Ruben, USC d. Paalberg, Johan, ORE, 6-2, 6-1

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