Women's Tennis

Doubles Point the Difference in Loss at WSU


PULLMAN, Wash. – Oregon picked up singles wins at the No. 1 through 3 spots but couldn’t overcome a loss in the doubles point, dropping a 4-3 decision on the road against Washington State on Sunday. The Ducks finished the regular season 12-7 overall and 5-5 in Pac-12 play and will have two weeks to prepare for the Pac-12 Championships, which start April 23 in San Diego.
How it Happened: The Ducks fell behind 1-0 for just the third time all year with a loss in the doubles point. Oregon dropped matches at the No. 2 and 3 spots, losing 6-1 at No. 3 and 6-3 at No. 2 to fall into an early hole.  
Janice Tjen put up the Ducks’ first point of the match with her fourth straight win over a ranked opponent, taking her match 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot. Julia Eshet fell at the No. 4 spot but Uxia Martinez Moral tied the match up again with a 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 3, making it 2-2 with three matches remaining.
However, the Ducks couldn’t pull through at either No. 5 or 6, as Myah Petchey lost 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5 and Allison Mulville fell 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the match for Washington State. Rifanty Kahfiani pulled out a win in a three-set battle at the No. 2 spot, taking a tiebreaker in the first set before going on to win 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5.
Washington State 4, Oregon 3
1. Melisa Ates/Hikaru Sato (WSU) vs. Uxia Martinez Moral/Rifanty Kahfiani (UO), 5-3 DNF
2. Michaela Bayerlova/Yang Lee (WSU) def. Janice Tjen/Ares Teixido Garcia (UO), 6-3
3. Pang Jittakoat/Fifa Kumhom (WSU) def. Allison Mulville/Julia Eshet (UO), 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2
1. #121 Janice Tjen (UO) def. #86 Michaela Bayerlova (WSU), 6-4, 6-1
2. Rifanty Kahfiani (UO) def. Hikaru Sato (WSU), 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5
3. Uxia Martinez Moral (UO) def. Fifa Kumhom (WSU), 6-2, 6-4
4. Savanna Ly-Nguyen (WSU) def. Julia Eshet (UO), 7-5, 6-1
5. Pang Jittakoat (WSU) def. Myah Petchey (UO), 6-2, 6-1
6. Melisa Ates (WSU) def. Allison Mulville (UO), 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 5, 6*, 2
Up Next: Oregon will have this week off before heading down to San Diego for the Pac-12 Championships starting April 23.

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Ducks Drop Weekend Opener


SEATTLE – Oregon had another one of its matches come down to the wire, with a pair of three-setters remaining to decide the outcome, but the Ducks ultimately fell at No. 48 Washington, 4-2.
How it Happened: Oregon jumped out to an early lead after taking the doubles point. Lillian Mould and Janice Tjen made quick work of their opponents at the No. 2 spot, coasting to a 6-1 win to put the Ducks halfway to the opening point. The other two matches turned out to be battles, with Rifanty Kahfiani and Uxia Martinez Moral pulling out a 7-5 win at No. 1, coming back from down 5-4 to win.
The Ducks got off to a bit of a slow start in singles, dropping the opening set at four spots. After UW put up its first point with a win at No. 2, Tjen continued her dominance with her third straight victory over a ranked opponent, topping No. 52 Vanessa Wong, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 spot to put the Ducks back in front.
The Huskies would win the next two matches to finish, claiming victories at No. 6 and 5 to make it 3-2 and put them a point away from clinching. Mould battled back after dropping her first set to force a third and extend the match at the No. 3 spot. Martinez Moral again was locked in a battle at No. 4, winning her first set before falling in the second to force a third. She fell behind early in the deciding set and never
No. 48 Washington 4, No. 37 Oregon 2
1. Rifanty Kahfiani/Uxia Martinez Moral (ORE) def. Vanessa Wong/Sarah-Maude Fortin (UW), 7-5
2. Lillian Mould/Janice Tjen (ORE) def. Sedona Gallagher/Zoey Weil (UW), 6-1
3. Allison Mulville/Julia Eshet (ORE) vs. Tara Chilton/Nika Zupancic (UW), 6-5
Order of finish: 2, 1
1. #121 Janice Tjen (ORE) def. #52 Vanessa Wong (UW), 6-1, 6-4
2. Sarah-Maude Fortin (UW) def. Rifanty Kahfiani (ORE), 6-1, 6-2
3. Sedona Gallagher (WASH) vs. Lillian Mould (ORE) 6-4, 5-7, 5-3, (uf)
4. Nika Zupancic (UW) def. Uxia Martinez Moral (ORE), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
5. Tara Chilton (UW) def. Julia Eshet (ORE), 6-2, 6-4
6. Zoey Weil (UW) def. Ares Teixido Garcia (ORE), 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 1, 6, 5, 4
Up Next: Oregon closes the regular season at Washington State on Sunday at 11 a.m.

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Tjen Named Pac-12 Player of the Week


SAN FRANCISCO – Oregon true freshman Janice Tjen earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors following a pair of top-50 singles wins over the weekend against California and Stanford, the conference announced Thursday.
Tjen picked up a dominant win over No. 41 Haley Giavara of Cal on Friday, winning 6-1, 6-1 to put up the Ducks’ first point of the match. She followed that up with a 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 48 Michaela Gordon of Stanford on Sunday to put up the second point of the match and help Oregon to its first win over the Cardinal in program history.
She also teamed up with Lillian Mould to clinch the doubles point on Sunday vs. Stanford, winning 6-2 at the No. 2 spot to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. Tjen and Mould lost for only the second time all season in doubles on Friday, dropping a 6-4 decision in pairs play.
The freshman from Jakarta, Indonesia has been dominant all year long at the No. 1 singles spot. She improved to 14-2 on the year in singles play and now has three wins over opponents ranked in the ITA Top 125. Tjen has also gone 12-2 in doubles play including going unbeaten through her first 13 doubles matches, paired with Mould in all 14 of those at the No. 2 spot.
Tjen is the first Oregon player to win conference player of the week honors since Alyssa Tobita in April of 2018. She is also currently ranked No. 121 in the ITA singles rankings.

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Clinching Point To Upset Stanford Capped ‘Emotional Roller Coaster’

The redemptive power of athletics was on full display for the Oregon women’s tennis team last week.

As crushing as defeat can be, it provides an opportunity to learn and to grow. To bounce back. As they headed to Washington this week for the final weekend of the regular season, few appreciate that better than the members of the UO women’s tennis program, and in particular freshman Uxia Martinez Moral.

Oregon headed north this week fresh off an unprecedented win over Stanford, in which Martinez provided the point that clinched the victory. Just two days earlier, she had the chance to do the same against California, and came up short.

From the lowest of lows to the highest of highs, Martinez experienced what UO coach Courtney Nagle called “an emotional roller coaster,” all in the span of three days.

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On Friday, the Ducks had a chance to upset No. 23 California on their home courts. Oregon lost the doubles point, but freshman Janice Tjen made quick work of the No. 41 singles player in the country in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. The Golden Bears won at No. 5 and No. 2 singles, taking a 3-1 lead. But UO seniors Rifanty Kahfiani and Julia Eshet kicked off their final weekend of home matches with wins at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, respectively.

All eyes turned to the No. 4 singles match. Martinez Moral had dropped the opening set, 6-4, and trailed 4-1 in set two. Riding a wave of momentum supplied by her teammates, Martinez Moral rallied back to force a tiebreaker in set two.

The stage was set for a monumental comeback by the Ducks. Martinez Moral had all the momentum in her match. Oregon was primed for an upset.
And then: The comeback wasn’t to be. The Cal player rallied to win the tiebreaker.

Oregon had lost the match. Martinez Moral was crushed.

“Friday,” she recalled later, “was one of the toughest days I could ever have in college.”

Uxia Martinez Moral Stanford Jube

After the match, and in practice Saturday, Martinez Moral’s coaches tried to build her back up. You’re a fighter, Nagle and her assistant, Elizabeth Lumpkin Robinson, told her. Sometimes when you think you’ve run into a brick wall, it just means you’re close to breaking through.

At some point, they all figured, Martinez Moral would have a chance to redeem herself. Nobody could have imagined it would come just 48 hours later.

On Sunday, the Ducks hosted No. 25 Stanford. The Oregon women’s tennis program had never beaten the Cardinal, winners of a mind-boggling 20 NCAA team titles since 1982, and three of the last four. The Ducks meanwhile, were three years into a rebuild under Nagle that saw them play matches just two years ago in which they sometimes had only four scholarship players available.

But Sunday was Oregon’s senior day. And the Ducks were determined to put up a fight.

“We wanted them to have a special day,” Martinez Moral said. “I think everyone played our best, gave everything we had. And we got what we wanted.”

And Martinez Moral got her redemption.

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This time, the Ducks won the doubles point. So, when the fabulous freshman Tjen knocked off another nationally ranked opponent at No. 1 singles, Oregon had two points in the team score. Unfortunately for the home team, by then Stanford already had wins at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 singles. The Ducks needed to win the remaining three singles matches to record the upset, and Tjen’s win was only one of the three.

Then, at No. 5 singles, Eshet notched her second win of the weekend. The team score was tied. Once again, and improbably so, all eyes turned to Martinez Moral, with the outcome of the match in the balance.

She had won her first set, and was in control of the second before her Stanford opponent rallied to even their match at one set apiece. They would play a third, with players from both teams watching courtside.

“She was fighting herself,” Nagle said. “It seemed like at that moment, she was starting to have some doubts. Like, you know, here we go again.

“And so she had to really put that aside, and stay present. And as soon as her teammates got over there — after Julia won — that was the difference for her. Her switch turned back on.”

Blessed with a second chance to clinch an upset for her team, Martinez Moral buckled down. Fighting through windy conditions on the outdoor courts, she took a 5-4 lead in the third set. Ultimately, she was serving for the match, and a marathon ensued.

Martinez Moral served to open the point, then moved to her backhand for two shots. A forehand followed, and then six more backhands. Finally, on her 11th shot of the point, Martinez Moral buried a forehand down the line. Her opponent raced from one end of the baseline to the other and got her racket on the ball. She could manage only a lunging backhand in desperation, which floated high and long.

Oregon had won the match. Martinez Moral was elated.

And pandemonium ensued.


The Ducks had their first-ever win over Stanford. They got it on senior day. And Martinez Moral was experiencing the highest of highs in her college career to that point, just 48 hours after the lowest of lows.

“She’s a fighter,” Nagle said. “Even when things get hard, she’s always gonna keep fighting. And so, even in that match, it got hard. But her teammates encouraged her, and she kept fighting. And good things happened.

“She was extremely resilient, courageous. It was definitely just a beautiful moment for her, and the team.”


Historic Win Caps Off Senior Day


EUGENE, Ore. – It was a Senior Day to remember for the No. 46 Oregon women’s tennis team. After honoring its four graduating seniors before the match, the Ducks knocked off Stanford for the first time in program history with a thrilling 4-3 win over the No. 25 Cardinal.
The match came down to Uxia Martinez Moral at the No. 4 spot, and she delivered with a gutsy effort in a three-set win after one of the seniors, Julia Eshet, tied the match at three with a win at the No. 5 spot.
“You always want to have a great Senior Day and a great senior send-off when it’s your last home match,” said head coach Courtney Nagle. “Our message all week was ‘let’s give our seniors a nice day.’ You couldn’t have scripted it better to have us get the doubles point, to have Julia get the third point and then have Uxia bounce back like she did today.”

How it Happened: After dropping the doubles point on Friday for only the second time all year, the Ducks bounced back by coasting to the opening point. Eshet and Allison Mulville continued their dominance at No. 3 doubles with a 6-0 win before Janice Tjen and Lillian Mould followed with a 6-2 victory at No. 2 to make it 1-0 Oregon.
Stanford would put up the next three points however to move a point away from clinching, but the Tjen came through with another ranked win at No. 1 singles to put up the second Oregon point. She erased an early deficit in the first set to win 7-5 in the opening frame before finishing the sweep with a 6-3 second-set win.
Eshet tied things up with a tough win of her own at No. 5, taking two tightly-contested sets including a tiebreaker in the second to win, 7-5, 7-6(6).
That set things up for Martinez Moral, who had the match fall on her shoulders for the second straight contest. She came up just short in Friday’s loss to Cal, but delivered on Sunday, hitting a forehand down the line to win in the third set, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 and lock up the victory.
“(Uxia) was in that position to clinch on Friday and didn’t end up getting it,” said Nagle. “She was in position again today and was able to do it against Stanford, an unbelievable program that won the national championship in 2019. We had never beaten them in school history so I’d say the girls gave the seniors a great send-off.”
Senior Sendoff: Prior to the match, Oregon honored four student-athletes who have either already earned their undergraduate degrees or will be receiving it this spring. Eshet received her degree in journalism last spring and is currently eighth on the school’s all-time career singles wins list. Another fifth-year player in the program, Rifanty Kahfiani will earn her degree in business administration at the end of the spring while Plobrung Plipuech will get her degree in general social science at the end of the quarter as well. Paiton Wagner, who spent this season as a student assistant coach after playing for three years, also finished her business administration degree and is currently pursuing a master’s in conflict and dispute resolution.

No. 46 Oregon 4, No. 25 Stanford 3
1. Rifanty Kahfiani/Uxia Martinez Moral (ORE) vs. Michaela Gordon/Niluka Madurawe (STAN), 5-3 (uf)
2. Lillian Mould/Janice Tjen (ORE) def. Emily Arbuthnott/Angelica Blake (STAN), 6-2
3. Allison Mulville/Julia Eshet (ORE) def. Sara Choy/Emma Higuchi (STAN), 6-0
Order of finish: 3, 2
1. #121 Janice Tjen (ORE) def. #48 Michaela Gordon (STAN), 7-5, 6-3
2. Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) def. Lillian Mould (ORE), 6-1, 6-3
3. Angelica Blake (STAN) def. Rifanty Kahfiani (ORE), 6-2, 6-2
4. Uxia Martinez Moral (ORE) def. Sara Choy (STAN), 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
5. Julia Eshet (ORE) def. Niluka Madurawe (STAN), 7-5, 7-6(6)
6. Janice Shin (STAN) def. Myah Petchey (ORE), 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 6, 3, 1, 5, 4
Up Next: Oregon closes the regular season on the road against Washington and Washington State, this Friday (1:30 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.).

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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.

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Pair of Ranked Matchups Close Out Home Schedule


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Oregon wraps up its 2021 home schedule by taking on a pair of top-25 teams in No. 23 California on Friday at 11:30 a.m. and No. 25 Stanford on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both matches are currently set to be played on the outdoor tennis courts. 
Friday, April 2 – 11:30 a.m.
No. 46 Oregon vs. No. 23 California
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Sunday, April 4 – 11 a.m.
No. 46 Oregon vs. No. 25 Stanford
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The Ducks are coming off of a weekend split at home against the LA Schools, beating USC last Friday, 5-2, before falling to a top-10 UCLA team on Sunday, 4-1. The loss to UCLA snapped a four-match conference winning streak – which was Oregon’s longest stretch in conference play since at least 1999. Oregon also moved into the ITA Team Rankings at No. 46 following last weekend’s matches, marking the first time the Ducks have been ranked since the end of the 2018 season. 

True freshman Janice Tjen also cracked the ITA Singles Rankings for the first time this season, checking in at No. 121 after earning a ranked win by beating No. 91 Eryn Cayetano of USC last week. She is 12-2 on the season at the No. 1 singles spot and has lost just six sets all season in singles play. Uxia Martinez Moral also picked up her 12th singles win of the season last week, moving to 12-3 on the year while Julia Eshet continued her strong play at the No. 6 singles spot by delivering the clincher in Friday’s win over USC.

Tjen and Lillian Mould suffered their first doubles loss of the season against USC, but bounced back with a win against UCLA to help the Ducks clinch the doubles point Sunday, moving them to 11-1 on the year. Eshet and Allison Mulville extended their winning streak as a pair to six straight matches with two wins over the weekend, delivering the clincher in the doubles point in both matches. 

Oregon will honor its seniors prior to Sunday’s match against Stanford, recognizing fifth-year players in Eshet and Rifanty Kahfiani, in addition to graduating junior Plobrung Plipuech and student assistant coach and former player, Paiton Wagner

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Shweta Sangwan has been clutch this season because of a simple change in mindset


Oregon women’s tennis player Shweta Sangwan fought off Portland native Erin Larner in a marathon third set, leading her teammates to mob her on the court after clinching a 4-3 victory over No. 23 Northwestern.

“I have clinched matches before, but I wouldn’t say a crazy three-all match like that where I am so down,” Sangwan said. “You can’t really practice those. I think it just comes down to your personality. My personality is more like a fighter. I am going to fight every point.”

The Feb. 10 match against Northwestern was familiar for Sangwan because the last time the Ducks defeated a ranked opponent was 20 matches prior, when they beat No. 25 Washington last March. Sangwan earned the deciding point in that match as well, earning a reputation for herself.

After coming to Oregon at the age of 16, Sangwan has now positioned herself as a leader thanks to match-winning clutch performances and a change in attitude.

“When we are in these situations, for it to come down to her, it’s poetic,” head coach Alison Silverio said. “Because she deserves to be in that position. It was a great atmosphere to see her in and be able to capitalize on that opportunity.”

Sangwan struggled at the end of last season. That struggle continued at the beginning of this season, as she dropped her first three matches in October. This led to a change from a must-win attitude to a team-first, enjoy-the-moment one.

At the end of last season, Sangwan was dropping matches in the third set.

“I just made the change,” she said. “Whatever I tried last year obviously didn’t happen to work. So I have to have a different mentality going into it this year. I’m just trying to enjoy it. I think the mentality of going into a match and being able to rely on your team and ‘we’re all in this together’ seems to really help me, because one day I might have a bad day and one day they might have a bad day, but at the end of the day it’s gonna be us who get it done.”

That enjoyment includes spending time with her teammates off the court, as well as making time for herself. Sangwan loves to paint when she has time in her busy schedule and is currently using YouTube to learn how to beatbox.

Sangwan credits freshman Paiton Wagner and junior Daniela Nasser for encouraging her intensity.

“We are the more fiery ones on the team,” Sangwan said. “They get loud, and I get loud. We create this energy. Especially early morning practices we try to have that mindset.”

This is not to say that Sangwan is taking it easy — she is working harder than ever. Sangwan is currently 11-7 in the 2017-18 season and is 13 wins shy of cracking the top-10 for Oregon singles career wins.

“Shweta is one of our hardest workers on the team,” Silverio said. “She is one that is putting in the extra work. She is not just checking off practice and checking off individuals. She is coming out and intentionally working on parts of her game.”

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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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