Oregon Face Portland in Non-Conference Match

Jan. 31, 2001

DUCKS THIS WEEKOregon meets Portland Saturday, Feb. 4th at 5 p.m. in the Student Tennis Center in Eugene.

WEEKEND PREVIEWAfter disappointing losses to No. 1 Stanford and No. 5 California, Oregon rebounded by disposing of non-conference foes UC Santa Barbara and Boise State in convincing 7-0, 6-0 victories. The Ducks (2-2, 0-2 Pac-10) did not surrender a loss in 27 matches played. Oregon takes on Portland in this week's dual match. The Pilots return to Eugene after last weekend's matches against Boise State and UC Santa Barbara, the latter of which was played at the University of Oregon's Student Tennis Center. Portland split the two matches, by scores of 4-3 and 5-2, respectively.

COACH JACK GRIFFINGriffin enters his fifth season as head coach of Oregon women's tennis. At 31-56, he is quickly moving up the ranks of Oregon winningest women's tennis coaches. He is tied for second in tenure (4) among all Oregon coaches. The La Jolla, Calif. native was a standout player at the University of New Mexico, where he earned a degree in sports administration. In Griffin's first season as head coach, the Ducks advanced to the NCAA West Regional tournament. SInce then, the Ducks have been frequent visitors to postseason competition. In 1999, Oregon advanced to the round of 32 after upsetting No. 34-ranked South Florida. Last season, the Ducks against advanced to the NCAA tourney, only to fall to Mississippi State in the first round. This season, under the guidance of Griffin, the Ducks look to again achieve a berth to the NCAAs.

THE LAST TIMEThe last meeting between Oregon and Portland was February 4, 2000, exactly one year ago to the day. In that match, the Ducks defeated the Pilots by a score of 8-1.

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