Women's Tennis Team Falls to No. 34 Washington State, 5-2

March 31, 2001

EUGENE - Washington State's 34th-ranked women's tennis team posted wins in its top four singles matches and all three doubles tandems to hand the University of Oregon a 5-2 setback Saturday afternoon in the Student Tennis Center.

The loss dropped Oregon's overall record to 3-13 and 0-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while the Cougars improved to 9-5

Both of the Ducks' individual victories were claimed by freshmen, with Davina Mendiburu's 6-1, 6-2 win over Tamara Filipovic marking her fifth consecutive triumph and improving her season record to 11-5.

Oregon welcomed the return from injuries of its No. 1 singles player, Monika Gieczys, who claimed the first set from the nation's 34th-ranked singles standout Erica Perkins, 6-4. However Perkins rebounded to win the match by scores of 6-1, 6-4 in the final two sets.

Also posting wins for the Cougars at No. 4 singles and No. 1 doubles was North Bend freshman Stacy McKenna, who defeated Oregon's Adeline Arnaud in singles play, 7-5, 6-3.

'This was a very difficult loss for us,' women's head coach Jack Griffin said. 'We're just one horse short, we needed another big player this year. We only had one player out with injuries today but we can't afford to have anyone miss matches. Some people performed really well and were very tough today but some need to do a little bit better job of toughing it out when matches are close. This seems to be a learning year for us and with everyone back next year, we just hope that we learn from all of this and get a little better.'

Oregon returns for its final home appearance of the season Sunday when it hosts Pacific at 1 p.m. in the Student Tennis Center.

Final Score: Washington State 5, Oregon 2

#1 - Erica Perkins (WSU) def. Monika Gieczys (UO), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
#2 - Zorana Roganovic (WSU) def. Janice Nyland (UO), 6-4, 6-4
#3 - Ana Maria Moura (WSU) def. Vickie Gunnarsson (UO), 6-4, 6-2
#4 - Stacy McKenna (WSU) def. Adeline Arnaud (UO), 7-5, 6-3
#5 - Davina Mendiburu (UO) def. Tamara Filipovic (WSU), 6-1, 6-2
#6 - Courtney Nagle (UO) def. Moniek van de Ven (WSU), 6-4, 6-2

#1 - Moura/McKenna (WSU) def. Mendiburu/Nyland (UO), 8-4
#2 - Perkins/Filipovic (WSU) def. Gieczys/Nagle (UO), 8-6
#3 - Lorena Arias/Van de Ven (WSU) def. Arnaud/Jeanette Mattsson (UO), 8-5

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