No. 4 California Squeaks By No. 36 Women's Tennis, 4-3

March 2, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - EUGENE,Ore. - The Oregon women's tennis team fell today to No. 4 California in a lengthy, hard-fought match that ended with the 4-3 loss.

Oregon started off the day strong when No. 38 doubles tandery of Daria Panova and Courtney Nagle upset the No. 11 California doubles duo of Raquel Kops-Jones and Christina Fusano, 8-4. California then retaliated by picking up a set of victories in the following two doubles matches.

In singles play, the Ducks proved to be a rightful contender for the top-10 Golden Bears. At the No. 1 singles slot Oregon's No. 15 Daria Panova shook up the rankings once again with her sweeping victory over No. 13 Raquel Kops-Jones, (6-4, 6-1). In the No. 2 position Courtney Nagle fought her way to victory (6-4, 5-7, 6-2) against California's Catherine Lynch. Golden Bear Christina Fusano turned the match around in the No. 3 position with her defeat of Monika Gieczys, (2-6, 7-5, 7-6). California then turned their first singles victory of the day into a triple threat in the No. 4 (6-3, 6-4) and No. 5 (6-0, 6-5) positions. With an inevitable loss at hand, Oregon chose to finish with their heads high ending the match with Anna Leksinska's win over California's Brooke Borisoff, (6-4, 7-5).

Despite the day's defeat, Oregon Head Coach Nils Schyllander felt positive about the women's effort today.

'I have never been more proud of our team even though we came up on the losing end. We played to win today, but we came up a couple of shots short. Today they proved they can beat any team in the country. Having three freshmen starting out there today was a testament to how badly they wanted it. I was very proud of them.'

Oregon remains home this week to battle more top-10 action with a Friday match against No. 8 UCLA and No. 2 USC on Saturday.

Women's Tennis
No. 4 California 4 def. No. 36 Oregon 3

No. 1- Daria Panova (UO) def. Raquel Kops-Jones (CAL) 6-4, 6-1
No. 2- Courtney Nagle (UO) def. Catherine Lynch (CAL) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
No. 3- Christina Fusano (CAL) def. Monika Gieczys (UO) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6
No. 4- Jieun Jacobs (CAL) def. Jamie Marshall (UO) 6-3, 6-4
No. 5- Nicole Havlicek (CAL) def. Julie Merle (UO) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6- Anna Leksinska (UO) def. Brooke Borisoff (CAL) 6-4, 7-5

No. 1- Panova/Nagle (UO) def. Kops-Jones/Fusano (CAL) 8-4
No. 2- Scheldt/Jacobs (CAL) def. Gieczys/Bak (UO) 8-3
No.3- Havlicek/Lynch (CAL) def. Leksinska/Marshall (UO) 8-3

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