Women's Tennis Moves Up in the Rankings

Feb. 26, 2003

EUGENE - The Oregon women's tennis team was well represented in the first mid-season rankings, which were released Wednesday. The Ducks (9-3, 2-2) moved up two spots to No. 37 in the national polls following Sunday's 5-2 defeat of No. 44 Washington State, while three Oregon singles players appeared in the top 100 and two doubles tandems showed up in the top 60.

'This is great for Oregon tennis,' head coach Nils Schyllander said. 'We try not to think about the rankings when we're playing. We figure if we're playing well, those things will take care of themselves.'

Sophomore Daria Panova is Oregon's highest ranked singles player at No. 16, moving up 12 spots from her last ranking. Since her preseason ranking of No. 28, Panova has a record of 12-2 and won the Pac-10 Indoor singles championship. Her overall record is 20-6, with seven wins against players currently ranked in the top 100, including three against players still ranked ahead of her.

'It's just a great accomplishment for Daria to be ranked in the top 20,' Schyllander said.

Junior Courtney Nagle makes her first career appearance in the national rankings at No. 52. Nagle has a 13-6 record, with a 10-5 record since the regular season began, including a win against No. 4 Jewel Peterson of USC. Nagle has played most of her tennis at the No. 2 position, with three matches at No. 3 and one match at No. 1.

'Courtney has been playing really well and she certainly deserves the ranking,' Schyllander said. 'She has shown that she is one of the most improved players in the country.'

Senior captain Monika Gieczys joins Panova and Nagle in the singles rankings at No. 89. Gieczys has an overall record of 11-7, but has been a force during the regular season with a 9-3 dual-match record. Gieczys is 5-2 at the No. 3 spot, 3-1 at No. 2 and 1-0 at the No. 1 position.

'It's been great to see Monika step it up as a senior leader on the team,' Schyllander said.

Both ranked doubles teams from the Ducks were not ranked at the beginning of the season, with Nagle and Panova leading the way at No. 38. The pair is 8-7 this season and has been matched up with some of the best teams in the country throughout the season. Not far behind Nagle/Panova is the team of Gieczys and freshman Julie Merle. The tandem has a 7-1 record, all at the No. 2 doubles spot in dual-match play.

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