Oregon Women's Tennis Finishes Fantastic First Day

Oct. 25, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - After two rounds of play at the Omni Hotels ITA Regionals, four Ducks in singles and two sets of doubles pairs remain in contention. No. 9-seeded Daria Panova, Courtney Nagle, Davina Mendiburu and Julie Merle led the charge in singles play, while the No. 6-seeded team of Merle/Nagle and the No. 9-seeded team of Mendiburu/Panova continue on in doubles.

'I am very very pleased with today's showing,' Oregon head coach Nils Schyllander said. 'We played very solid and fundamental tennis across the board. Even in the matches we lost, we were right there.'

Courtney Nagle not only won both her matches in singles play, but she did so in impressive fashion. After dispatching USF's Carey Savage without losing a game in the first round, Nagle defeated Washington's Claire Carter, the No. 11 seed and No. 58-ranked player in the nation, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.

'It was a huge day for Courtney Nagle,' Schyllander said. 'Courtney competed really well all day and made some smart decisions in her play.'

After receiving a bye in the first round, Panova fought back to win in three sets over Cal's Carla Arguellas, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0. She will face Idaho's Barbora Kudilkova in the third round. Mendiburu advanced to the third round when the nation's No. 67 player, Amber Liu of Stanford, was forced to withdraw. Playing in her first collegiate tournament, Merle had little trouble adjusting, winning all of her matches on the day. Also playing in their first action were freshmen Anna Leksinska and Jamie Marshall, with Leksinska losing a tough match in three sets in round one and Marshall also falling in three sets in round two.

'It's good to see the freshmen compete the way they did,' Schyllander said.

Rounds three and four of singles play will take place Saturday, while doubles play will also continue.

Courtney Nagle (Oregon) def. Carey Savage (USF), 6-0, 6-0
Vania Apodaca (Nevada) def. Anna Leksinska (Oregon), 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-3
No. 9 Daria Panova (Oregon) BYE
Ester Bak (Oregon) def. Pati Ruiz (Santa Clara), 7-6(3), 6-3
Jamie Marshall (Oregon) def. Story Tweedie-Yates (Stanford), 6-1, 6-2
Davina Mendiburu (Oregon) def. Kathrin Winterhalter (Fresno State), 5-4, ret.
Vlatka Jovanovic (Fresno State) def. Monika Gieczys (Oregon), 6-4, 6-1
Julie Merle (Oregon) def. Ursica Dvorsek (UOP), 6-1, 6-0

Courtney Nagle (Oregon) def. No. 11 Claire Carter (Washington), 6-2, 6-1
No. 9 Daria Panova (Oregon) def. Carla Arguelles (Cal), 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
No. 12 Emilia Anderson (Stanford) def. Ester Bak (Oregon), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
No. 15 Danielle Hustedt (Cal Poly) def. Jamie Marshall (Oregon), 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Davina Mendiburu (Oregon) def. No.3 Amber Liu (Stanford), withdrawn
Julie Merle (Oregon) def. Kate Romm (Cal Poly), 2-6, 6-2, 3-1, ret.

No. 6 Merle/Nagle (Oregon) BYE
Thompson/Waller (Cal Poly) def. Bak/Marshall (Oregon), 8-4
Gieczys/Leksinska (Oregon) def. Indic/Tanabe (Portland), 8-4
No. 9 Mendiburu/Panova (Oregon) BYE

No. 6 Merle/Nagle (Oregon) def. Billingsley/Galido (Cal Poly), 8-2
No. 9 Mendiburu/Panova (Oregon) def. Lee/Luckner (San Jose State), 8-2
No. 3 Carter/Klaic (Washington) def. Gieczys/Leksinska (Oregon), 8-1
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