Panova Wins Second Pac-10 Title of the Year
April 27, 2003
OJAI, Calif. - For the first time ever, a member of the Oregon women's tennis team won the singles title at the Pac-10 Championships. Sophomore Daria Panova, ranked No. 20 nationally, defeated No. 7 Raquel Kops-Jones of California, 7-6, 6-2, Sunday in Ojai, Calif., in the finals of the Pac-10 Championships. Earlier this season, Panova won the singles title at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships.
'It's just a huge win for our program,' Oregon coach Nils Schyllander said. 'To win the Pac-10 Indoors and Outdoors in the same year is just unheard of for us.'
In the title match, Kops-Jones raced out to a 4-0 lead in the first set. Panova won six of the next eight games to send the first set to a tiebreaker. Kops-Jones had three set points in the tiebreaker, leading 6-3, but Panova fought them off and won five straight points to claim the tiebreaker, 8-6.
'She just made the adjustments, moved up in the court and really took it to her,' Schyllander said.
Panova did not need a comeback in the second set, as she kept the momentum from her first set victory. Panova won the second set going away, 6-2.
It was Panova's second straight win against a top 10 opponent, and fourth win of the tournament against a ranked player. Panova now has 30 wins this season, nine more than the previous Oregon season high.
The NCAA will announce its selections for both the individual and team championships on Wednesday. The Ducks have a chance to be selected as a team, while Panova and junior Courtney Nagle have a chance in singles play. Panova and Nagle, the No. 28-ranked doubles pair in the country, also have a shot at being selected for the individual doubles championships.
DAY FOUR RESULTS
No. 20 Daria Panova (UO) def. No. 7 Raquel Kops-Jones (CAL), 7-6, 6-2