Oregon women’s tennis splits weekend in Kansas


Oregon women’s tennis earned a split weekend in Lawrence, Kansas, dropping Friday’s match against Kansas 4-1 and winning Saturday’s match against William and Mary 7-0, the first 7-0 sweep in 31 matches for the Ducks.

The newly ranked No. 24 Ducks returned to action after defeating No. 23 Northwestern last week 4-3.

In Friday’s match against the Jayhawks, the Ducks began with a doubles win by Nia Rose and Julia Eshet over Tatiana Nikolaeva and Janet Koch 6-1.

The No. 10 duo of Shweta Sangwan and Alyssa Tobita and the freshman duo of Julian Lilien and Paiton Wagner then dropped their respective matches to give Kansas the doubles point.

In singles play the Ducks were no match for Kansas with Nikolaeva defeating Wagner and Sangwan dropping to Despoina Vogasari in straight sets.

Lilien then put the Ducks on the board, marking her fifth win on the season, but the Ducks then dropped the match after No. 2 Anastasia Rychagova defeated Tobita 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.

The following day against William and Mary was a much different story for the Ducks after they took the doubles point for the first time since Feb. 3 against Georgia State.

After Eshet and Rifanty Kahfiani dropped their match against Lauren Goodman and Cecily Wuenscher 6-1, Daniela Nasser and Lilien defeated Natalia Perry and Clara Tanielian 6-4 to tie the doubles match at one.

Sangwan and Tobita then secured the doubles point with a 7-6 win over Rosie Cheng and Olivia Thaler. This marks the first doubles win for Sangwan and Tobita since their Georgia State victory.

Wagner (6-2, 6-4) and Lilien (6-1, 6-2) quickly disposed of their opponents, giving Oregon the commanding 3-0 lead. Sangwan then closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 120 Tanielian.

Following the victory, Tobita defeated No. 68 Cheng 7-5, 6-2 followed by a Nasser 6-3, 6-1 win.

Securing the 7-0 shutout was Eshet, who defeated Ekaterina Stepanova 6-1, 7-6.

This marks the first 7-0 shutout since the Ducks defeated Eastern Washington on Jan. 21 of last season.

After this short road trip, the Ducks will play host for their next five matches, starting this Friday, Feb. 23 against Baylor at 2 p.m.

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Women’s tennis wins opening road match against Georgia State

Oregon women’s tennis defeated the Georgia State Panthers 6-1 Saturday morning in its opening match through the teams trip in Georgia.

Freshman Julia Lilien, in her doubles debut, alongside Julia Eshet, took down Georgia State’s Damira Muminovic and Lara Vovk, 6-0, at the No. 2 spot.

Alyssa Tobita and Shweta Sangwan clinched the doubles point for Oregon with a 6-3 win at the No. 1 position.

“We did a better job of attacking today,” said Head Coach Alison Silverio. “Transition was a focus last week for practice and I was happy with our execution of it during the match. We continue to trust the process and develop each and every day.”

During singles competition, three matches went to three sets. At the No. 2 spot, Sangwan played against Kristen Rehse, ranked No. 108. After losing the first set, 5-7, Sangwan crawled back to win the match in the three sets by a score of 5-7, 6-4, 1-0.

Eshet put up the first points for Oregon with a win, 6-1, 6-1. Meanwhile her Duck teammates, Tobita and Rifanty Kahfiani, both won with mirror reflection performances with 6-1, 6-3.

Lilien’s win against Damira Muminovic made for her third straight with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 score at the No. 5 spot.

Oregon’s only loss on the day came at the No. 4 spot as Daniela Nasser gave up a win after three long sets to Arina Taluyenko, 7-5, 6-7, 1-0. All but one of Nasser’s singles matches have gone into a third set this season.

Oregon will remain in Atlanta for its match against coach Alison Silverio’s alma mater, Georgia Tech, Sunday at 9 a.m. PT.

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Quick Hits: Women’s basketball ranked No. 6, Bamford returns to acro and tumbling

To kick off its final month of regular season play, Oregon women’s basketball is preparing to face the Cal Golden Bears, as well as the Stanford Cardinal. The Ducks currently hold the No. 6 spot in the most recent AP poll shown on

Men’s basketball face the same matchup on the road against Cal and Stanford. The Ducks may be on to something, having come off back-to-back wins in the teams most recent games facing UCLA and Oregon State.

Oregon acro and tumbling welcomed back two of its former athletes, Keenyn Won and Megan Bamford, to the coaching staff. The Ducks are scheduled to start the season off against Concordia in Wisconsin Feb. 5.

Oregon softball heads into its 2018 season ranked third in a preseason poll released by USA Today. The Ducks first game is scheduled for Feb. 8 against No. 25 Georgia, to be played in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona.

Men’s tennis got off to a rocky start in its first road trip of the season, losing to both No.12 Stanford and No. 19 Cal in the ITA Kick-Off in Berkeley, California. Thomas Laurent and Cormac Clissold are on track to challenge the universities program record for most doubles wins.

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Oregon women’s tennis eliminated from doubles contention in second day of Pac-12 Championships

It was the second day of the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai, Calif. and the women’s tennis team changed their focus from yesterday’s singles play to today’s doubles.

Representing Oregon in the doubles championship draw, Lana Buttner and Nicole Long faced California’s No. 4-seeded Lynn Chi and Anett Schutting in the round of 16. The Buttner-Long duo, which wasn’t a typical combination during the regular season, lost 8-4.

The two Oregon pairs had similar results in the doubles invitational draw. Allie and Kadie Hueffner fell 8-3 to Arizona State’s Kassidy Jump and Joanna Smith. Lena Macomson and Maja Salibasic were defeated 8-2 by Utah’s No. 2 Luisa Gerstner da Rosa and Sarah Richter. Both losses were in the round of 16.

Despite being the first day of doubles, the singles consolation draw had games to be carried out. Three of four matches went to an extra set, but Salibasic’s 6-1, 2-6, (11-9) win over Colorado’s Ashley Tiefel was the only win for Oregon in the division.

Games with Kadie and Allie Hueffner also went to an extra set. Allie lost 6-3, 3-6, (10-4) to Inge Henrikx of Arizona, who teammate Lina Akesson had defeated 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 the previous day. Washington State’s Dajana Ognjenovic beat Kadie 2-6, 6-3, (10-6).

The only singles match which didn’t go to extra play was between Macomson and Washington’s Natalie Allen. Allen topped Macomson, who hadn’t played yesterday, 6-1, 6-3.

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Lina Åkesson outlasts teammates, falls in round of 16 in Pac-12 Championships

In the first day of the women’s tennis Pac-12 championships, the Oregon women’s tennis team had six girls competing. All except one fell in the round of 32 for their respective division.

Lana Buttner and Nicole Long represented Oregon in the Women’s Singles Championship division and Maja Salibasic, Lina Åkesson, Allie Hueffner and Kadie Hueffner participated in the Women’s Singles Invitational division.

In the championship draw, both Buttner and Long lost in the round of 32 after going to tiebreakers. Buttner’s match against University of Washington’s Julija Lukac ended 6-4, 7-6(5). Stanford’s Taylor Davidson defeated Long 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.

In the invitational draw, the Ducks had barely more success. In the round of 32, Kadie Hueffner was blanked by Berkley’s No. 2 Maegan Manasse 6-0, 6-0. Kadie’s sister, Allie Hueffner, fell 7-5, 6-4. Oregon also lost the match between Maja Salibasic and Washington’s Sophia Bott 6-2, 6-3.

The only victory for the Ducks came in the form of Åkesson, who edged out Arizona’s Inge Hendrikx 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 in an extra set. Åkesson was eliminated in the round of 16 after a 6-0, 6-2 loss to USC’s  No. 3 Giuliana Olmos.

The Ducks will continue the tournament with doubles play tomorrow.

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No. 7 Stanford sweep Oregon women’s tennis, 4-0

The Oregon women’s tennis team’s slump continued Friday when it faced off against the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal. Proving why five of their six players are ranked, Stanford showed their prowess and dominated Oregon 4-0.

Stanford won both doubles matches nearly at the same time, with the No. 2 and No. 3 matches finishing only minutes after one another.

The first doubles match was lost 8-1 by Jasmine Minor and Lina Åkesson in No. 2 doubles. Allie Hueffner and Kadie Hueffner lost to Caroline Doyle and Krista Hardebeck moments after by the same count. The Ducks trailed 7-1 in the incomplete game against 31st ranked Taylor Davidson and Ellen Tsay.

The Ducks had little success in singles. The first five matches of singles play were against ranked Stanford players. The only reason the Cardinal lacked a sixth ranked-player was because No. 4 Kristie Ahn was scratched from the No. 1 singles spot.

The first match to complete was between No. 41 Doyle and Lana Buttner. Although Doyle dominated the first set 6-0, Buttner was able to score four points in the second. The game ended 6-0, 6-4.

The final two games didn’t go any better. Minor lost both sets 6-1, 6-1 to No. 22 Carol Zhao. The loss was followed by teammate Sofia Hager’s in No. 3 singles, which she lost to No. 28 Davidson 6-0, 6-2.

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Oregon women’s tennis: Ducks lose 4-1 in third-straight conference match

The Ducks took on No. 40 Washington in its third-straight match against a ranked team and came away with its fourth-straight lost.

The doubles point was lost by the Ducks in a tiebreaker match between Washington’s Elianne Douglass-Miron and Riko Shimizu and Oregon’s Sofia Hager and Nicole Long.

Oregon’s No. 3 doubles win between Marlou Kluiving/Allie Hueffner and Washington’s Andjela Nemcevic/Jilija Lukac was sizable. The Kluiving/Hueffner combo came away with a 8-3 victory. However, Jasmine Minor and Lina Åkesson weren’t able to hold off Natali Coronel and Grace Ysidora, losing 8-4.

When singles came around, the Ducks didn’t fare any better.

Jasmine Minor logged the only win (6-1, 6-4) for Oregon in the No. 2 match against Grace Ysidora. The win broke Minor’s five-game losing streak.

“It felt good,” Minor said to about the win. “I actually took a lot of confidence from spring break because my quality of play was getting much better. I definitely got my energy back this week after that nine-day road trip.”

The No. 5 and No. 6 matches both went to Washington as Allie Hueffner and Åkesson lost 3-6, 3-6 and 2-6, 4-6, respectively. However the match which clinched it for Washington was the No. 3 singles. It was there that Julija Lukac defeated Hager 6-4, 6-2.

“I thought we responded pretty well after losing the doubles point in a tiebreaker,” assistant coach Maja Kovacek said of the Ducks’ performance. “We battled for the doubles point which was nice, but it was one of our longest doubles matches lasting about an hour and 40 minutes. We need to be more comfortable playing a couple of spots and we need to be able to put away points to win against good teams.”

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Oregon women’s tennis: Ducks blanked by No. 2 UCLA Bruins, head home

After a tough loss to No. 12 USC the day before, the Oregon women’s tennis team stayed in Los Angeles for one more day to take on the No. 2 UCLA Bruins. Oregon came away pointless in a 4-0 loss. The match was the last of a nine-day, six-game road trip for the Ducks.

Oregon, facing a No. 1 and No. 5 doubles pair in two of the matches, struggled severely in doubles play.

In the first match, sisters Allie and Kadie Hueffner were defeated by UCLA’s Courtney Dolehide and Chanelle Van Nguyen, 8-2. The sisters’ loss was followed by another for Oregon from Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor. The two did not record a single point against the top-ranked paired of Robin Anderson and Jennifer Brady. It was the first time all season that the Long and Minor duo were shutout. The unfinished game was left in favor of UCLA, 6-2.

For singles play, a point immediately went to the Bruins when Sofia Hager defaulted the No. 6 spot.

The Ducks struggled from that point onward. Lina Åkesson lost 6-1, 6-0 to No. 55 Catherine Harrison in No. 4 singles and in a score that mirrored Åkesson’s, Allie Hueffner fell to No. 16 Jennifer Brady in the No. 3 spot. The loss in No. 3 singles clinched the win for the Bruins.

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Oregon women’s tennis: Ducks win 4-1 against Northern Arizona after back-to-back losses

The Ducks returned to Tempe, Ariz. three days after their 4-0 loss to Arizona State to take on the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. Unlike the match against Arizona State, the Ducks came out on top with a 4-1 victory and swept doubles for the first time since Jan. 26, when they faced Eastern Washington.

The win against NAU was the first of the Ducks’ current nine-game road stint.

In doubles, Marlou Kluiving and Lina Åkesson were the first to topple their NAU opponents. The pair took down Johanna Vang and Sarah Spruch, 8-2.

In a contest similar to the one finished first, Hager and Hueffner defeated Tatum Rochin and Jordan Denesik of NAU, 8-3.

The third and final doubles match went unfinished, but the Ducks led 5-3 when play was suspended.

Oregon nearly swept singles play as well. With exception to Tatum Rochin’s 6-2, 6-1 wins against Oregon’s Kadie Hueffner (and the unfinished match between NAU’s Hailey Rochin and Oregon’s Allie Hueffner), the Ducks were winning match after match.

In the first singles match, Åkesson defeated Spruch for the second time that day (6-2, 6-2). For Åkesson, the win snapped a four-game losing skid. Then after the Rochin vs. Hueffner match, Hager and Denesik faced off again. Hager came away with a dominating 6-3, 6-2 win.

It was the No. 1 singles match that ended Oregon’s time in Tempe. Nicole Long’s 6-3, 6-4 win over Vang clinched the match, giving the Ducks their 4-1 victory.

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Oregon women’s tennis: Ducks defeated by Arizona 4-0 for second straight loss

After losing 4-0 to the No. 25 Arizona State, the Ducks moved down south to play the University of Arizona (14-1, 3-0 Pac-12) for their second of nine road games. Oregon fell 4-0 to the Wildcats, making them 0-4 on the road this season, excluding neutral matches.

The doubles matches went similarly to those against ASU. Oregon lost two, 8-3 and 8-2. When the third match was suspended, Oregon’s duo of Nicole Long and Jasmine Minor were trailing 7-5 in the third game against Shayne Austin and Lacey Smyth.

The Ducks didn’t fare any better in singles. They came away with no victories, but led two of the unfinished matches.

Oregon’s Jasmine Minor played Arizona’s Kim Stubbe in the first match that completed. Stubbe took home the point 6-0, 6-1. The next match to finish was between Lauren Marker and Oregon’s Sofia Hager, where Marker won 6-3, 6-1.

Smyth and Long faced off again in the final singles match to be completed. Smyth clinched the match for Arizona 6-3, 6-2.

Oregon will now return to Tempe, Ariz. to play Northern Arizona University in their next match.

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