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Tjen Clinches Ducks’ Win Over BYU

Feb 26, 2021

Results - Oregon 4, BYU 3

EUGENE, Ore. – Freshman Janice Tjen toughed out a tight, three-set battle at No. 1 singles to lift the Oregon women's tennis team to a 4-3 win Friday over BYU. The Ducks have now won five in a row and improve to 5-1 this season.
 
How it Happened: With the match tied at 3-all, Tjen and BYU's Anastasia Abramyan were deep in the third set which ended up in a tiebraker. The UO freshman won four of the first six points, leading 4-2 at the switch, and then rattled off the final three points in the 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) victory. Tjen is now 6-0 at No. 1 singles this year.
 
With the doubles point in hand, the Ducks went out to a 2-0 lead with a 6-0, 6-3 triumph by Rifanty Kahfiani at No. 3 singles. It was her fifth-consecutive win and the 25th dual victory of her Oregon career.
 
BYU (6-4) got on the board with a straight-set win at No. 6 singles but Uxia Martinez Moral, another freshman, pushed the Ducks' lead to 3-1 with a three-set win at the fourth spot in the lineup. Martinez Moral remained undefeated (6-0) with the 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 win.
 
Including Martinez Moral's match, the last four matches on court were all decided in three sets. BYU pulled even at 3-all with consecutive wins at No. 2 and 5 singles, respectively.
 
In doubles, Tjen and Lillian Mould were first off court with a 6-1 victory at the No. 2 spot. BYU picked up a win by retirement at No. 3 doubles; the visitors led 5-4 at the time the match was stopped. At No. 1, Kahfiani and Uxia Martinez Moral clinched the opening point with a 6-3 win.
 
Quotable: Head coach Courtney Nagle
"I'm so proud of the way the whole team competed today. BYU is a very good team and well coached so today was a great win for us, and exactly the type of match and win we needed heading into the rest of our season. And to have Janice (Tjen), a freshman, clinch it for us in that final match is great experience for her going forward."
 
Oregon 4, BYU 3
Doubles
1. Kahfiani/Martinez Moral (ORE) d. Abramyan/Jiao (BYU) – 6-3
2. Mould/Tjen (ORE) d. Heimuli/Astle (BYU) – 6-1
3. Lin/Tullis (BYU) d. Mulville/Petchey (ORE) – 5-4 (retired)
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
 
Singles
1. Janice Tjen (ORE) d. Anastasia Abramyan (BYU) – 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3)
2. Leah Heimuli (BYU) d. Lillian Mould (ORE) – 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Rifanty Kahfiani (ORE) d. Kara Lin (BYU) – 6-0, 6-3
4. Uxia Martinez Moral (ORE) d. Emilee Astle (BYU) – 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
5. Helen Jiao (BYU) d. Allison Mulville (ORE) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
6. Xenia de Luna (BYU) d. Madisen Olsen (ORE) – 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 4, 2, 5, 1*
* - clincher
 
Up Next: The Ducks are back on the court Sunday morning to host Seattle. First serve is scheduled for 11 a.m. (PT) at the UO Student Tennis Center. It will be Oregon's final match before the start of Pac-12 play at Arizona State on March 5.