Doubles Pair Wins Again at NCAA Championships

May 21, 2003

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Oregon doubles pair of Courtney Nagle and Daria Panova, ranked No. 33 nationally, moved into the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championships Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. Nagle and Panova came from behind to defeat No. 17-ranked Alexis Gordon and Julia Scaringe of Florida, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, to qualify for the final eight and earn All-America honors.

'To do this out here in Florida against Florida in the heat just speaks volumes about where we are going as a team,' Oregon coach Nils Schyllander said. 'They're really excited, but they don't think they're done here.'

The Ducks lost the first set, 6-3, then won the second set by the same score. Trailing 4-1 in the third set, the Ducks won five consecutive games to close out the match.

'Courtney just came up huge,' Schyllander said. 'She just got really aggressive at the net and took over the match.'

With the victory, Nagle and Panova earn All-America status by qualifying for the final eight. Nagle and Panova are now the first two All-Americans in Oregon women's tennis history.

'I'm really excited for them to get the recognition,' Schyllander said. 'It's great for the program to have two All-Americans in the same year. We're starting to get noticed around the country.'

Nagle and Panova will play Virginia Commonwealth's tandem of Silvia Urickova and Barbora Zahnova, ranked No. 20, in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 9 a.m. PDT. The two teams met in Virginia earlier this season, with Urickova and Zahnova winning the eight-game pro set, 8-3.

Earlier in singles action, No. 15-ranked Panova's run at the tournament ended in the Sweet 16 with a 6-2, 6-3, loss to No. 10 Jewel Peterson of USC. Peterson was the No. 8 seed at the tournament and knocked off Panova for the second time this season.

'Jewel came out on fire today,' Schyllander said. 'Daria tried to ride out the storm, but she just didn't have it. She still has a lot to be proud of with a Sweet 16 finish.'

The loss ends a record-setting singles season for Panova, who also earned All-America honors in singles for earning one of 16 seeds in the draw and finishing in the Sweet 16. Panova now holds the Oregon record for singles victories in a season with 32.

No. 10 Jewel Peterson (USC) def. No. 15 Daria Panova (ORE), 6-2, 6-3

No. 33 Courtney Nagle/Daria Panova (ORE) def. No. 17 Alexis Gordon/Julia Scaringe (FLA), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

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