Women's Tennis Loses to No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth

March 28, 2003

RICHMOND, Va. - The No. 27 Oregon women's tennis team lost its third straight match in the state of Virginia, this time against No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth, 6-1. The Ducks (10-11, 2-6) were unable to score the upset on the road, winning only one singles match.

'It's a little frustrating to fly all the way out here and to feel like we didn't play our best,' Oregon coach Nils Schyllander said. 'But I think it's a good learning experience. We're starting to get a little healthier.'

Oregon did not win a doubles match against the Rams, with Ester Bak and Anna Leksinska coming the closest at No. 3, losing 8-5. In singles action, only Daria Panova, ranked No. 15 nationally, was able to pull out a victory. Panova defeated No. 67 Barbora Zahnova, 6-1, 6-4, giving Zahnova her first loss of the season.

No. 40-ranked Courtney Nagle lost to No. 35 Marina Escobar Martinez in a 10-point third-set tiebreaker, 6-2, 6-7, 1-0, at the No. 2 position. Freshman Julie Merle forced a third set as well at No. 5, but lost her match, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Oregon will next play Pepperdine Saturday, March 5, on the road. The Ducks will also play Loyola Marymount on the road trip.

FINAL RESULTS
No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth def. No. 27 Oregon, 6-1.

SINGLES
1. No. 15 Daria Panova (UO) def. No. 67 Barbora Zahnova (VCU), 6-1, 6-4
2. No. 35 Marina Escobar Martinez (VCU) def. No. 40 Courtney Nagle (UO), 6-2, 6-7, 1-0
3. Silvia Urickova (VCU) def. Monika Gieczys (UO), 6-2, 6-3
4. Ana Franco Lopez (VCU) def. Ester Bak (UO), 6-0, 6-0
5. Christina Arribas (VCU) def. Julie Merle (UO), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
6. Cristina Gago (VCU) def. Anna Leksinska (UO), 6-1, 7-5

DOUBLES
1. No. 22 Urickova/Zahnova (VCU) def. No. 27 Nagle/Panova (UO), 8-3
2. Eribas/Escobar Martinez (VCU) def. Gieczys/Merle (UO), 8-4
3. Franco Lopez/Gago (VCU) def. Bak/Leksinska (UO), 8-5

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