Men's Tennis Struggles at Pac-10 Championships

April 25, 2002

The University of Oregon men's tennis team struggled by losing all four singles matches in the main draw Thursday at the Pac-10 Individual Championships.

'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.

On the women's side, Oregon freshman Daria Panova won two singles matchesPanova, 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.

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.

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

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

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