Washington State Battles to Defeat No. 23 Oregon
March 13, 2004
EUGENE, Ore. -- The No. 58 Washington State Tennis team upset the No. 23 Oregon Ducks, 4-3, to mark the opening of the Cougars' Pac-10 season Saturday in Eugene.
The Cougars and Ducks clashed previously this season in a non-conference match with Oregon coming up victorious, 4-3. In the previous meeting the Cougars enjoyed the No. 63 slot nationally, while the Ducks held the No. 42 position.
Despite losing all three doubles matches, the Cougars secured their win with key victories in the bottom of the singles line up.
Senior Lorena Arias, playing in the No. 2 position, knocked off Courtney Nagle, 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 ret., to capture win number 19 on the season.
Orsolya Sallai in No. 1 singles and Nora Gaal in No. 3 singles fell to their ranked counterparts. Sallai was knocked off by nationally-ranked No. 8 Daria Panova, 6-3, 6-3, while Gaal was put down by No. 53 Dominika Dieskova, 6-3, 6-3.
The success of Washington State was held by Chris Martinez, Zsofia Fodor and Amy Toth who swept No. 4, 5 and 6 singles, respectively. Fodor defeated Jamie Marshall, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3 and Toth handed Anna Leksinska a loss in three sets, 6-7, 6-0, 6-2.
Chris Martinez and Oregon's Davina Mendiburu battled it out to decide the winner of the team match. Martinez came up victorious after three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, to solidify the Cougars' victory.
"The four singles matches we won were three sets a piece," Washington State Head Coach Lisa Hart said. "I am so proud of the effort and heart our team showed today in our Pac-10 opener."
The Cougars will take-off for Hawaii to face No. 27 New Mexico Tuesday, March 16 and then Hawaii Friday, March 19. Both matches will be played in Honolulu.
WSU Results Doubles Daria Panova/Courtney Nagle def. Chris Martinez/Orsolya Sallai (WSU), 8-1 Dominika Dieskova/Anna Leksinska def. Lorena Arias/Zsofia Fodor (WSU), 8-4 Davina Mendiburu/Ester Bak def. Nora Gaal/Amy Toth (WSU), 8-2
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