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Huskies Face Ducks With Pac-12 Momentum At Stake

Apr 8, 2021


Friday, Apr. 9, Bill Quillian Stadium weather permitting
#--/48 Washington vs. #44/37 Oregon, 1:30 p.m.
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SEATTLE - The Huskies are back home this week looking to build on their two-match Pac-12 win streak against an equally fired up Oregon Ducks squad that is coming off one of its biggest wins ever. The pivotal match for Pac-12 momentum takes place this Friday, Apr. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at either Bill Quillian Stadium or the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

Washington improved to 11-6 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-12 with road wins last week at Colorado and Utah. The Huskies got a boost from the return of junior Nika Zupancic, a stalwart in the singles and doubles lineup the past two years who due to the pandemic had yet to return to Seattle. Zupancic went 2-0 in doubles and 1-0 in singles at the No. 4 spot against Colorado. Freshman Sarah-Maude Fortin also had a big 2-0 weekend in singles and Sedona Gallagher was one game away from also going 2-0 as her match at Utah was suspended with the Huskies clinching.

The Dawgs this week are ranked 48th in the coaches poll, while Oregon comes in ranked 37th in the coaches poll and 44th in the computer rankings. Last week Oregon defeated Stanford, 4-3, in Eugene for its first ever win over the Cardinal. The Ducks are 12-5 and 5-3 in conference, with 4-3 wins over Arizona, Utah, and Stanford, and another big 5-2 win over USC in Eugene. Freshman Janice Tjen is ranked 121st and earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after upsetting Stanford's top player in the win. The Ducks have also been strong in the Nos. 3 and 4 spots, going a combined 21-7 in those spots in dual matches.

Following Friday's match, the Huskies will have just two more regular season matches, having added a road match at Gonzaga next Wednesday, then finishing at home against Washington State next Friday, Apr. 16.