Women's Tennis Ranked No. 34 Nationally, Men at No. 73

Jan. 14, 2003

EUGENE - Following a successful fall season, the Oregon women's tennis team appeared at No. 34 in the national rankings. The Ducks are led by Daria Panova, who will open the season at No. 28 in the singles rankings.

'As a team to be preseason ranked in the top 35 shows that our program is starting to gain some national respect, which is great,' women's tennis coach Nils Schyllander said. 'But we are fully aware that it is all about where our team is come May.'

Panova earned her spot among the nation's best with a productive fall season, finishing with an 8-4 record. Her last loss of the season came in the quarterfinals of the National Indoor Championships against Agata Cioroch, the new No. 1-ranked player in the nation. She also advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Regional Championships and participated in the ITA All-American Championships.

'For Daria to move up into the top 30 individually shows that her hard work is paying off and that her game is moving in the right direction,' Schyllander said. 'But she is not satisfied and has ambitious goals so look for her to keep improving.'

The women's team begins regular season play Friday at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash.

The men's team also appeared in the top 75 of the nation, coming in at No. 73. Manuel Kost, a sophomore from Switzerland, will begin play at No. 64 in the individual singles rankings.

The men's team just concluded play in the Four Conference Challenge in Waikaloa, Hawaii. The team will resume play Friday, Jan. 24 at home against Idaho.

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