Panova and Nagle in Sweet 16 at NCAA Championships

May 20, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Oregon women's tennis team will be represented in the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Championships in singles and doubles following a pair of wins Tuesday in Gainesville, Fla. Daria Panova defeated Christina Fusano in singles, then joined Courtney Nagle to upset the No. 7-ranked doubles team in the country.

'They played awesome,' Oregon coach Nils Schyllander said. 'That's a heck of a team they beat. It's the right time to play a good match.'

In the doubles match, Nagle and Panova won the final five games of the first set and 11 of 13 overall to get the come-from-behind victory, 7-5, 6-2, against North Carolina's Kendall Cline and Aniela Mojzis. The No. 33-ranked Oregon tandem will play Florida's Julia Scaringe and Alexis Gordon, ranked No. 17 nationally, Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier in singles action, No. 15-ranked Panova defeated No. 25-ranked Fusano of California in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, to advance to the third round of the draw. Panova was not as dominant as in the first round, but broke Fusano's serve enough to pull out the victory.

'It took her a while to figure the match out,' Schyllander said. 'She battled and once she found a rhythm, she was fine. I think it was one of those matches where she won on willpower.'

The victory avenged an early season loss in the quarterfinals at the ITA Regionals, where Fusano defeated Panova, 6-4, 6-1. Panova will now have another chance at redemption when she plays Wednesday at 9 a.m. against No. 10 Jewel Peterson of USC. Peterson and Panova squared off in a dual match this season, with Peterson winning in three sets.

No. 15 Daria Panova (ORE) def. No. 25 Christina Fusano (CAL), 7-5, 6-3

No. 33 Nagle/Panova (ORE) def. No. 7 Cline/Mojzis (UNC), 7-5, 6-2

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