Panova Wins Pac-10 Indoor Championships

Jan. 19, 2003

SEATTLE - If the Oregon women's tennis team's performance at the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in Seattle this weekend is any indication, Duck fans will have plenty to cheer about this season.

'It was a great weekend for the Ducks,' head coach Nils Schyllander said. 'We played at a very high level throughout the weekend. It was really good to see.'

Sophomore Daria Panova, the No. 28-ranked player in the nation, defeated No. 25-ranked Lauren Barnikow of Stanford, 6-3, 6-1, to claim the Pac-10 Indoor Championship in the top flight of singles play. Panova did not lose a set in the tournament as she stormed through the bracket by beating four ranked opponents.

'Daria played pretty much a flawless match in the finals,' Schyllander said. 'She really took it to her opponent. She played really solid on both sides and served the ball well. To start the year by winning the Pac-10 Championships, hopefully, it will set the standard for the rest of the year.'

Panova was not the only Duck to have a successful weekend of play at the tournament that featured several of the top players in the country. Courtney Nagle upset the No. 3-ranked player in the country, Jewel Peterson of USC, in the consolation bracket of the top flight.

Nagle and Panova teamed in the top flight of doubles play to reach the semifinals, with wins against the No. 4 and No. 45-ranked doubles teams in the country. They lost to the eventual champion, No. 9-ranked Brymer/Peterson of USC, 8-4.

Daria Panova - Pac-10 Champ

In flight two of singles play, captain Monika Gieczys advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to the No. 46-ranked player, Catherine Lynch. In consolation play, Davina Mendiburu defeated No. 49 Debbie Laroque of Arizona in a thrilling three-set match, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4).

Freshmen Jamie Marshall and Julie Merle competed in flight three of singles play, with Marshall winning her first-round match in straight sets. Merle was unable to get through the first round, but did win one match in the consolation round.

Anna Leksinska won her first match in flight four, while Ester Bak lost a three-set match to Megan Yeats of Arizona State.

Leksinska and Marshall played together in flight two doubles, advancing to the semifinals with a pair of wins, both by the score of 8-2. They lost to the eventual champion in the semifinals, 9-7, to end their run.

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