Women's Tennis Completes Weekend Sweep

Feb. 9, 2003

EUGENE - The No. 49 Oregon women's tennis team won two more matches Sunday to push its current win streak to seven matches. The Ducks (7-1) knocked off No. 73 UC Irvine, 6-1, before sweeping Portland State, 7-0.

In the UC Irvine match, the Ducks lost the doubles point for the first time this season. The Anteaters were able to win at No. 1 and No. 3 to pull off the upset and take the team lead, 1-0. Oregon entered the match with a 16-2 record in doubles play.

Oregon took over in singles play, however, to clinch the victory. The Ducks won all six matches, five in straight sets. Sophomore Daria Panova, ranked No. 28 nationally, returned to singles action following a one-match break and won at No. 1, 6-4, 6-1. She has now won 10 straight matches.

The only match to go to three sets was at No. 3, with senior captain Monika Gieczys pulling out the win. Gieczys came back from losing the second set to win the third-set tiebreaker, 7-5, 0-6, 10-2.

Against Portland State, Oregon dominated from the start. The Ducks won all three doubles matches, pushing their dual season record in doubles to 20-4. Gieczys and Julie Merle have won all seven of their matches they have played together in doubles.

Oregon won all six matches once again in singles play to win the overall match, 7-0. All six matches were decided in straight sets, with the Ducks losing only five games combined at positions 2 through 5. Gieczys won the last four games in her match at No. 1 to win, 7-5, 6-4.

Oregon begins Pac-10 play this weekend in Arizona. The Ducks will face No. 17 Arizona Friday in Tucson before taking on No. 6 Arizona State Saturday.

No. 49 Oregon def. No. 73 UC Irvine, 6-1.

1. Daria Panova (O) def. Jenny Bowman (I), 6-4, 6-1
2. Courtney Nagle (O) def. Tiffany Chang (I), 7-6, 6-2
3. Monika Gieczys (O) def. Anna Bentzer (I), 7-5, 0-6, 10-2
4. Julie Merle (O) def. Amy Tranckino (I), 6-1, 6-2
5. Jamie Marshall (O) def. Christie Posner (I), 6-2, 6-0
6. Ester Bak (O) def. Hui Leow (I), 6-1, 6-1

1. Bowman/Chang (I) def. Nagle/Panova (O), 9-7
2. Gieczys/Merle (O) def. Bentzer/Posner (I), 9-7
3. Leksinska/Marshall (O) def. Leow/Tranckino (I), 8-4

No. 49 Oregon def. Portland State, 7-0

SINGLES1. Monika Gieczys (O) def. Katie Owens (P), 7-5, 6-4
2. Courtney Nagle (O) def. Katie Slizewski (P), 6-1, 6-0
3. Julie Merle (O) def. Denise Cockrell (P), 6-1, 6-0
4. Jamie Marshall (O) def. Blaze Wadam (P), 6-0, 6-1
5. Anna Leksinska (O) def. Lisa Bessman (P), 6-1, 6-0
6. Ester Bak (O) def. Haley McDonald (P), 6-0, 6-1

1. Nagle/Panova (O) def. Cockrell/Owens (P), 8-2
2. Gieczys/Merle (O) def. Bessman/Slizewski (P), 8-4
3. Leksinska/Marshall (O) def. McDonald/Wadam (P), 8-3

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