Women's Tennis Takes on Harvard and San Diego

March 26, 2001

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Oregon suffered back-to-back losses at the hands of Pac-10 foes No. 17 Washington and No. 48 Washington State. The Ducks are in the midst of a seven-match losing streak, dating back to their Feb. 9 contest against Arizona.

Oregon (3-9, 0-5 Pac-10) looks to get back on track as it travels to San Diego, Calif., to face No. 56 Harvard and No. 57 San Diego. The Crimson (5-5) recorded back-to-back victories over Boston University and Mississippi State, while the Toreros evened their record at 7-7 after falling to Washington State and Washington.

Griffin enters his fifth season as head coach of Oregon women's tennis. 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 South Florida. Last season, the Ducks advanced to the NCAA tournament, 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 in the NCAAs.

Monday's match against Harvard marks the first meeting between the two teams. Oregon's last match against San Diego dates back to the 1996-97 season, when the Toreros defeated the Ducks in a 7-2 contest.

Oregon placed a tandem at No. 33 according to the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Rankings. Monika Gieczys and Courtney Nagle have compiled an 8-8 record on the season, including an 8-6 victory over Arizona State's then 28th-ranked duo of Karin Palme and Adria Engel.

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