Oregon women’s tennis beats Iowa 4-3 in final game of homestand
Earlier this afternoon Oregon (2-2, 0-0 Pac-12) took on Iowa (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten) for what would be the Ducks’ final game of their homestand before heading to Santa Barbara, California next weekend. The Ducks edged out Iowa 4-3.
Oregon claimed the doubles point, but not without effort. After splitting the first two matches, clinching the point came down to the No. 1 doubles match between Nia Rose/Alyssa Tobita and Iowa’s Annette Dohanics/Shelby Talcott. Originally the Hawkeyes duo was up 5-2 and needed only one more point, but Rose/Tobita rallied a comeback eventually winning the set 7-6.
“We had the energy,” Tobita said of their comeback. “They were starting to get a little nervous, I think. It was keeping the pressure on and it helped us play better. It was like, ‘We can win this,’ instead of, ‘We’re going to lose this.’”
In singles, Tobita’s No. 2 match with Anatasia Reimchen was the first to finish, with Tobita winning 6-2, 6-1. The No. 3 spot finished next. Nicole Long dominated Morven McCulloch in the first set before ultimately finishing 6-2, 7-5. Lina Akesson dropped her match in No. 5 singles against Dohanics 6-2, 6-3.
The fourth game to complete was between Oregon’s Marlou Kluiving and Katie Zordani for the No. 4 position and it was extremely back-and-forth the entire time. Their first set alone concluded only a few minutes before Tobita completely closed out her match. Kluiving managed to pull ahead 7-5, 6-4.
The No. 1 and No. 6 position were the final two to conclude as both had gone into a third set. Allie Hueffner dropped the point 6-4, 4-6, 3-6 in what was also a back-and-forth game. Rose had a rematch with Talcott. Rose dropped the point 2-6, 6-4, 2-6.
“I knew that by how she played in doubles, she was going to go after me in singles,” Rose said. “I just knew she had the mentality. It was going to be a tough match.”
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