Women's Tennis Bounces Back With Win Against Illinois

Jan. 25, 2003

BOULDER, Colo. - The Oregon women's tennis team, ranked No. 34 nationally, bounced back from a disappointing loss to Colorado by defeating No. 45 Illinois Saturday, 4-3. The Ducks fought through the loss of Davina Mendiburu and a flu bug to defeat the Illini.

'It was a good match and these are the matches we need to win,' head coach Nils Schyllander said. 'I think coming back from dealing with the adversity, they did a great job of focusing on the task at hand. I think they played like they had something to prove today.'

Senior captain Monika Gieczys teamed with Julie Merle to defeat the No. 51-ranked doubles team in the nation at No. 2 doubles and freshmen Anna Leksinska and Jamie Marshall won at No. 3 to clinch the doubles point for the Ducks.

Oregon won the top three singles spots to score the four points necessary for team victory. No. 28-ranked Panova won easily against the No. 41-ranked player in the nation, 7-5, 6-1. Nagle had to go to three sets to win at No. 2 singles, while Gieczys was forced to do the same at the No. 3 spot.

'Monika showed why she was our team captain today,' Schyllander said.

The Ducks return home to face the Portland Pilots and the Idaho Vandals Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Student Tennis Center. The home matches will be Oregon's first of the season.

Doubles
No. 1 No. 21 McGaffigan/Webb (I) def. Nagle/Panova, 8-2
No. 2 Gieczys/Merle (O) def. No. 54 Choe/Fazlic, 8-4
No. 3 Leksinska/Marshall (O) def. Cehajic/Knue, 8-3
Oregon wins doubles point.

1. No. 28 Daria Panova (O) def. No. 41 Jennifer McGaffigan, 7-5, 6-1
2. Courtney Nagle (O) def. Tiffany Eklov, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
3. Monika Gieczys (O) def. Eldina Fazlic, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
4. Michelle Webb (I) def. Julie Merle, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
5. Eva Choe (I) def. Jamie Marshall, 6-2, 6-4
6. Brianna Knue (I) def. Anna Leksinska, 6-2, 6-2

Oregon wins match, 4-3.

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