Oregon women’s tennis goes 22-7 in Washington Invitational
Oregon women’s tennis dominated the second tournament of the season at the Husky Invitational this last weekend, heading home with a nearly spotless record, finishing the weekend with a 22-7 record.
Day one ended with a bang as seniors Nia Rose, Alyssa Tobita, and sophomore Julia Eshet won all three of their matches.
The doubles team faced matchups against Portland and Washington, with Rose and Eshet sweeping Portland 6-0 in the first match. Following their first win was a matchup against Washington, in which the pair won 7-6.
Junior Shweta Sangwan and partner Tobita gained back-to-back wins with a 17-6 record in doubles.
The Ducks faced Arkansas in the singles matchups. Rose held a victory over Arkansas’ Jackie Carr making a comeback in the end, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.
While Tobita won in three sets against Natsuho Arakawa 6-7, 7-5, 6-1, Sangwan ended the day with Oregon’s fourth three-set match, although lost in her following match 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Freshman Paiton Wagner took home her first collegiate match with an 8-3 victory against Peyton Jennings.
Capable of carrying their success into the second day of the tournament, the Ducks conquered a 6-1 record. The only loss came from doubles pair junior Daniela Nasser and sophomore Rifanty Kahfiani in a 6-3 shortage to Arkansas’ Tatum Rice and Carr.
Tobita and Sangwan resulted in a 3-0 record following their 7-5 win over Arkansas. Rose and Eshet also took a 7-5 win against Washington’s Agne Cepelyte and Natsuho Arakawa.
Oregon’s singles players swept wins in all seven of their matches. Although three of them went into tie-breaking third sets, Nasser (6-0, 6-1), Rose (6-0, 6-2), and Paiton (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) shared similar ending results against Portland.
On the last day of the Huskie Invitational, Oregon faced the hosts and ended the tournament with four out of seven match victories.
Rose and Tobita both lost in the third set of their final matchups against Washington. Tobita fell to her opponent finishing 6-0, 4-6, 6-3. Rose, the only Oregon player who faced Arkansas on day three, fell short of a loss to Agne Cepelyte 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Eshet played her third straight singles win scoring 6-0, 6-2 against Kenadi Hance. Wagner also gained a third victory with a 6-4, 6-1 result facing Agela Li.
Nasser and Kahfiani also contrib uted to the Ducks’ success winning a doubles matchup against the Huskies, 6-3, 6-1, and 6-3.
Oregon will head to Stanford this Thursday for the four day-long ITA Northwest Regional Championships from Oct. 19-22.
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