Women's Tennis Heads North for a Pair of Matches

March 14, 2003

EUGENE - The No. 35 Oregon women's tennis team (9-7, 1-5) will play two more Pac-10 matches this weekend against ranked opponents, this time on the road. The Ducks will face No. 21 Washington Saturday at noon, followed by No. 40 Washington State Sunday at noon.

Oregon has faced both teams earlier this season, although those matches did not count towards Pac-10 standings. The Huskies (8-1) defeated the Ducks, 6-1, while Oregon rallied to defeat Washington State (7-4), 5-2, with both matches being played at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene.

Sophomore Daria Panova dropped two spots in the singles rankings this week to No. 18. Panova won both of her matches against the Washington schools the first time around, and could move up again with another pair of wins.

Junior Courtney Nagle moved up 12 spots to No. 40 in the singles rankings, her career high. Nagle won two matches against ranked opponents in the past two weeks to make her way up the polls.

In doubles play, Nagle and Panova went 3-1 the past two weeks and moved up to No. 28 in the rankings. Nagle and Panova defeated the No. 11 and No. 20-ranked teams, while the pair's only loss came to the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, 9-7.

In the first Washington match, the Huskies swept through doubles play and won three singles matches in three sets to claim the victory. Oregon's lone point came at No. 1 singles, where Panova defeated Claire Carter, who is now ranked No. 36, in straight sets. Two other Huskies are currently ranked in singles play - Dea Sumantri at No. 87 and Darija Klaic at No. 95. Carter and Klaic form the No. 9-ranked doubles team.

In the first match with Washington State, the Ducks lost the doubles point, but took over in singles play. Four of the six matches went to three sets, with Oregon winning three of them by the same third-set score of 6-4. Washington State currently has no ranked players.

The Ducks will next travel to Virginia for three matches. The Ducks will play No. 38 Virginia, Virginia Tech and No. 23 Virginia Commonwealth on the road trip.

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