Women's Tennis Hosts No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California
Feb. 27, 2003
EUGENE - The No. 37 Oregon women's tennis team will face two of its toughest tests when it hosts No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California this weekend. The Ducks (9-3, 2-2) will play Stanford Saturday at noon, and then will play California Sunday at 11 a.m. in a match that was originally scheduled for Friday.
The two matches will be Oregon's first since moving up two spots in the national rankings. The Ducks will need to play their best tennis to defeat one or both of their highly-ranked opponents this weekend.
'We're looking to improve in certain areas,' head coach Nils Schyllander said. 'If we do that, the results will take care of themselves.'
Both Stanford and California have three ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. Stanford's tandem of Lauren Barnikow and Erin Burdette are currently the No. 1-ranked team in the country with an overall record of 15-2 this year.
The Ducks counter with three ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. Sophomore Daria Panova, with a 12-2 record since the beginning of January, leads the Ducks at No. 16 followed by junior Courtney Nagle, 13-6 this season, at No. 52. Senior captain Monika Gieczys, who has a 10-5 record this calendar year, rounds out Oregon's ranked singles players at No. 89.
In doubles play, Nagle and Panova form the No. 38-ranked team in the country, followed closely by the No. 44-ranked pair of Gieczys and freshman Julie Merle. Gieczys and Merle have a team-best doubles record of 7-1 this season.
Both matches will take place at the Student Tennis Center.