Ducks Drop Battle To Cal
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon took No. 23 California down to the wire, forcing a deciding match in singles play but the No. 46 Ducks fell, 4-3, in a Pac-12 Conference match Friday at the UO's outdoor tennis courts.
How it Happened: For just the second time all year, Oregon fell behind 1-0 after losing the doubles point. Allison Mulville and Julia Eshet kept their strong play as a pair going at No. 3, winning 6-4 to put the Ducks a match away from clinching the point. Oregon fell at the No. 1 and 2 spots to give the Golden Bears the point.
Singles play turned out to be a battle all the way through. Janice Tjen made quick work the No. 41 player in the country, Haley Giavara of California, with a 6-1, 6-1 victory to tie the match up at one. After Cal put up two more points with wins at the No. 2 and 5 spots, the Ducks secured two more matches to tie it up at three.
Rifanty Kahfiani won at No. 3, 6-4, 6-4, fending off a late run in set two by Cal's Jada Bui by breaking serve up 5-4 to put up the second point of the match for Oregon. Eshet cruised to an opening set victory before coming back from down 5-3 in the second set to win in a tiebreaker, putting up the Ducks' third point with a 6-2, 7-6(5) win.
The match came down to Uxia Martinez Moral at the No. 4 spot. After dropping the opening set, 6-4, she forced a tiebreaker in the second after being down 5-4. However, Cal's Hannah Viller Moeller took the tiebreaker, 7-2, to win the match 6-4, 7-6(2), and clinch for the Golden Bears.
No. 23 California 4, No. 46 Oregon 3
1. Haley Giavara/Valentina Ivanov (CAL) def. Rifanty Kahfiani/Uxia Martinez Moral (ORE), 6-3
2. Anna Bright/Hannah Vill. Moeller (CAL) def. Lillian Mould/Janice Tjen (ORE), 6-4
3. Allison Mulville/Julia Eshet (ORE) def. Julia Rosenqvist/Erin Richardson (CAL) 6-4
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. #121 Janice Tjen (ORE) def. #41 Haley Giavara (CAL), 6-1, 6-1
2. Julia Rosenqvist (CAL) def. Lillian Mould (ORE), 6-3, 6-3
3. Rifanty Kahfiani (ORE) def. Jada Bui (CAL), 6-4, 6-4
4. Hannah Vill. Moeller (CAL) def. Uxia Martinez Moral (ORE), 6-4, 7-6(2)
5. Anna Bright (CAL) def. Ares Teixido Garcia (ORE), 6-2, 6-0
6. Julia Eshet (ORE) def. Cami Brown (CAL) 6-2, 7-6 (5)
Order of finish: 1, 5, 2, 3, 6, 4
Up Next: Oregon plays its final home match of the season Sunday at 11 a.m. against Stanford.