Women's Tennis Ready for Pac-10 Championships

April 23, 2003

EUGENE - The No. 40 Oregon women's tennis team will play at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif., beginning Thursday. The Ducks have three singles players and two doubles pairs in the championship draws.

Sophomore Daria Panova, currently ranked No. 20 in the nation, will try for her second Pac-10 Championship of the season. In January, Panova won the Pac-10 Indoor Championships in Seattle, winning four straight matches against ranked opponents. Panova will face No. 49 Dianne Hollands in the first round. The two players did not face each other this season.

Also playing in the championship singles draw will be junior Courtney Nagle, ranked No. 55, and freshman Jamie Marshall. Nagle will play UCLA's Shilpa Joshi while Marshall will play Washington State's Chris Martinez in the first round.

In doubles action, the No. 28-ranked tandem of Nagle and Panova earned the top seed in the championship bracket. Nagle and Panova combined for a 14-10 dual-match record, including wins against four of the doubles pairs in the bracket. Nagle and Panova USC's No. 2 doubles pair of Anita Loyola and Lovana Magnani in the first round.

Monika Gieczys and Marshall will also play in the championship draw. The two did not begin playing with each other until late in the season, compiling a 2-1 overall record. The pair will play the No. 2 seed of the draw, Arizona's Maja Mlakar and Emilie Scribot, currently ranked No. 48.

Ester Bak, Anna Leksinska and Julie Merle will all compete at the tournament as well. All three will play in singles action in an open draw for those not playing in the championship bracket. Bak and Leksinska will team up in doubles action as well for the Ducks.

The Ducks still have a shot at playing in the NCAA tournament. The NCAA will announce its selections for both the team championships as well as the individual championships on April 30.

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