Women's Tennis Takes On Two Nationally Ranked Foes

April 9, 2001

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Oregon (4-13, 0-7 Pac-10) returns to the road to face non-conference opponents Tulsa and Texas Christian. No. 45 Tulsa improved to 11-6 with a 5-2 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock, while No. 26 Texas Christian is in the midst of an 11-match winning streak that dates back to its March 4 contest against Oklahoma. TCU is 14-3 on the season, its most recent victory a 6-1 win over Houston.

The Ducks snapped an 11-match losing streak with a 6-1 win over Pacific, their first since Feb. 4. Oregon put together a terrific effort, sweeping doubles and losing just one singles match. Sophomore Jeanette Mattsson, who has missed a good deal of the season as a result of an injury, was in perfect form, notching a 6-0, 6-0 win over Melinda Kocsis at the No. 4 position. Freshman Courtney Nagle, playing at No. 5, defeated Sandija Zarina, 6-0, 6-1.

Griffin is in 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.

Freshman Davina Mendiburu recorded her sixth consecutive victory, a 6-2, 6-3 win over Pacific's Diana D'Audney April 1. With the win, Mendiburu's season record extended to 12-5, tops on the team.

The Oregon tandem of Monika Gieczys and Courtney Nagle remains at No. 33 in the latest ITA Tennis rankings.

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