Women's Tennis Hosts Two More Top-10 Opponents

March 6, 2003

EUGENE - The No. 36 Oregon women's tennis team (9-5, 2-4) will get tested at home yet again with matches against No. 8 UCLA and No. 2 USC this weekend. The Ducks will play the Bruins (8-5, 0-1) Friday at noon, and then will face the Women of Troy (11-1, 1-0) Saturday at noon.

It will be Oregon's second weekend in a row against top competition, as the Ducks just lost a pair of matches to No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 California. Sunday's match against the Golden Bears ended in dramatic fashion, with California edging Oregon, 4-3.

'We're feeling pretty confident right now even though we didn't win these last two matches,' head coach Nils Schyllander said. 'We're competing with the absolute best teams in the nation and we've had our chances.'

It will be the last two matches in Eugene for senior captain Monika Gieczys, whose own improvement has mirrored the success of the Ducks in her time at Oregon.

'Monika has just been awesome for us,' Schyllander said. 'She has been an integral part of building this program in her time here. She's a big reason as to why we're improving each year.'

Gieczys is currently ranked No. 89 in the country and has an 11-7 overall singles record heading into this weekend's matches. In dual match action, she has a 9-4 record in singles play and is 9-5 in doubles, playing with three different partners. The national rankings list Gieczys and freshman teammate Julie Merle as the No. 44 team in the nation, with a 7-1 record in doubles play.

Oregon moved up one spot in the team rankings despite the two losses this past weekend. The next individual rankings will not be released until March 12, so the Ducks still have three ranked singles players - No. 16 Daria Panova, No. 52 Courtney Nagle and No. 89 Gieczys - and two ranked doubles teams - No. 38 Nagle/Panova and No. 44 Gieczys/Merle.

The UCLA match was originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m., but was changed to accomodate the Bruins' travel schedule. No matter the time of the match, UCLA has a talented lineup that features three top-50 singles players and one ranked doubles team.

The Women of Troy knocked off the Bruins, 5-2, in their last match and have won six matches in a row. USC has four ranked singles players, led by No. 4 Jewel Peterson, and one ranked doubles team, the No. 20-ranked tandem of Tiffany Brymer and Peterson.

The two matches will take place at the Student Tennis Center free of charge to the public. Live scoring will be available for both matches at www.GoDucks.com.

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