Women's Tennis Drops No. 18 UNLV, 4-2, in NCAA Tournament First Round

May 11, 2002

LOS ANGELES - The University of Oregon women's tennis team presented a convincing case for being one of the nation's best with a 4-2 victory Saturday over No. 18-ranked UNLV in the NCAA Tournament's first round at Marks Stadium.

Oregon, which claimed its first NCAA tourney win in three years, improved to 14-10 on the year. The No. 39-ranked Ducks ended the Rebels' season, handing them only their fourth loss in 24 dual matches.

'It was the best match we've ever played and it was really perfect timing,' sixth-year Oregon coach Jack Griffin said. 'It was a lot of fun and they fought through a lot of adversity. It was a great atmosphere. They just want to make this year even more and more special and they're doing a good job of it.'

Oregon sophomore Courtney Nagle clinched the match with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, win over Mariamme Bakken at No. 6 singles. Down 4-1 in the third set, Nagle rebounded to win five straight games to send the Ducks into the Round of 32.

At No. 1 singles, Oregon's No. 88-ranked freshman Daria Panova made quick work of UNLV's Paulina Janus, winning 6-4, 6-1. The Ducks also received a singles win from Davina Mendiburu, a 6-1, 6-2 winner at the No. 5 spot over Leentjie Oosthuizen.

Oregon, which has struggled in doubles play much of the year, picked up victories at Nos. 1 and 2 to clinch the doubles point. Mendiburu and Nagle teamed up at No. 1 to win 8-6 over Agnieszka Abram and Janus. At No. 2, Oregon senior Janice Nyland and Panova played for the first time this season, easily winning 8-4 against Gyorgyi Zsiros and Bakken.

The Ducks next will take on regional host USC (18-7), ranked No. 11 in the ITA, on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Trojans defeated Oral Roberts 5-0 in Saturday's second match. The winner advances to the Sweet 16, hosted by Stanford.

'USC is very, very good. They beat us 7-0 earlier in the year,' Griffin said. 'But I feel we're a totally different team than we were then. I think we have our best chance ever of beating them.'

#39 Oregon 4, #18 UNLV 2
NCAA Tournament First Round
Los Angeles, Calif. * Marks Stadium

No. 1 - #88 Daria Panova (UO) def. #102 Paulina Janus (UNLV), 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 - #97 Gyorgyi Zsiros (UNLV) def. Monika Gieczys (UO), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3 - #112 Janice Nyland (UO) vs. Agnieszka Abram (UNLV), 6-4, 4-6, 1-1 (suspended)
No. 4 - Tracie Chong (UNLV) def. Vickie Gunnarsson (UO), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
No. 5 - Davina Mendiburu (UO) def. Leentjie Oosthuizen (UNLV), 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 - Courtney Nagle (UO) def. Mariamme Bakken (UNLV), 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

No. 1 - Mendiburu/Nagle (UO) def. Janus/Abram (UNLV), 8-6
No. 2 - Nyland/Panova (UO) def. Bakken/Zsiros (UNLV), 8-4
No. 3 - Gieczys/Gunnarsson (UO) vs. Chong/Oosthuizen (UNLV), 6-3 (suspended)

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