IU Winter Mock Duals Await UO
EUGENE – After a two month break, the Oregon women’s tennis team is eager to get back on the courts and compete. The Ducks will head to Bloomington, Ind., to play in the Indiana Winter Mock Duals for their final tournament (Jan. 17-19), in preparation for the dual season.
“The last two weeks have been solid for us,” women’s tennis head coach Alison Silverio said. “My expectations for this weekend is to go out and compete for every match, every point. Again, this is just another opportunity to get better so we have to see this again, as an opportunity to get better and take ownership of that and embrace the challenge and get after it.”
The four-team tournament includes No. 51 Indiana (host), Oregon, Abilene Christian and Marquette.
UO showed improvement over the fall, going 22-12 in doubles and 30-27 in singles play. Most notably, the freshmen pair of Nia Rose and Alyssa Tobita who went 10-1 as a team and captured the No. 1 doubles division at the WSU Invitational in their first collegiate tournament.
The duo accounted for nearly 50 percent of the team’s wins in doubles play, while the rest of the team combined for just 12 wins in doubles action.
“I’m really excited to start the season,” Tobita said. “The fall definitely gave me confidence heading into this weekend. I’m at a place where I want to be right now and the results have definitely kept me motivated.”
Sophomore Marlou Kluiving had the best success in singles play for the Ducks over the fall, accumulating a 7-1 mark. Rose and Tobita also had a solid start in singles action, with both players posting a 6-3 record.
“We’ve been working really hard over the fall and the last couple weeks,” Kluiving said in regards to preparation for the dual season. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a tournament or dual, the most important thing is that we compete every single day and match.”
The Hoosiers head into the weekend with a 41-19 mark in singles action as a team, with no player dropping more than three matches. Freshman Sarah Baron posted a 7-2 record in singles action for Indiana, while sophomore Kim Schmider went 6-2 over the fall. In doubles action, IU is 20-15 while the team of Shannon Murdy and Stephanie Smith leads the pack with a 5-3 record.
Abilene Christian returns four of six players last year that recorded double digit wins in singles play, including 20-game winner Nada Marjanovic. The Wildcats seem to have reloaded just fine with freshman Whitney Williams who captured the flight No. 2 singles title and doubles championship with teammate Erin Walker at the Grand Canyon Invitational.
Marquette returns four of five players that tallied double-digit wins. Erin Gebes returns for her junior season after leading the Golden Eagles with a 13-10 mark where she predominantly played in the No. 2 and 3 positions. Gebes will look to mesh with another partner this season after going 17-5 last season with Rocio Diaz, who graduated after last season.
For a complete look at the IU Winter Mock Duals schedule, click on the attached PDF.