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USF Women's Tennis Opens Spring Season Friday

Jan. 25, 2008

Beginning with a match versus Portland State Friday evening, San Francisco opens the spring season with four straight road contests. After the Vikings, USF will visit WCC rival Portland on Saturday and finish their trip in Eugene with matches against Utah and Oregon.

VS PORTLAND STATE

HELD AT UNIV. OF PORTLAND

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 @ 5 P.M. PT

SCOUTING PORTLAND STATE: Head coach Steve Ascher has led a young PSU squad into the Vikings first full competitive season in over four years. PSU cut the program after the 2003-04 season and have since looked to rebuild. PSU, which has a roster of six freshman, last competed as a team in November at the Washington Husky Invitational. Stephanie Fuchs led PSU in the tournament with a 3-1 record. Fuchs defeated Eastern Washington's Sarah Leuenberger 7-5, 6-2; Washington's Lauren Summers 6-1, 6-3; and Portland Anna Gullickson 6-4, 6-1.

At the Costa Mesa Intercollegiate Classic, an open tournament over Christmas break, Lacey Pflibsen won the singles consolation title with a 4-1 record.

AT PORTLAND

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 @ 1 P.M. PT

SCOUTING PORTLAND: The University of Portland women's tennis team swept the Linfield Wildcats 7-0 in their first dual match of the spring season on January 18. The Pilots earned the doubles point with wins at all three positions, including 8-0 wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. Portland then swept the singles matches, including five of the six wins in straight sets. Sophomore Megan Sporndli came from behind at No. 1 singles to defeat Kasey Kuenzli 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), 10-4 to secure the overall sweep.

Head coach Susie Campbell-Gross returns all seven varsity players and adds a pair of incoming freshmen to last year's team which finished 11-12 in dual matches.

VS UTAH

HELD AT UNIV. OF OREGON

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27 @ 6 P.M. PT

SCOUTING UTAH: The Utes are coming off of a hard 6-1 loss to No. 53 Arkansas on January 20. The Utes battled hard, but were only able to follow through in one match. Senior Elizabeth Ferris stepped up for a challenge, facing the No. 1 ranked opponent in the nation, Aurelija Miseviciute. The Ute played through three sets for a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 upset. Miseviciute was fresh off winning the singles crown at the National Indoor Championships Nov. 1-4, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio. With her triumph, Ferris earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors.

AT OREGON

MONDAY, JANUARY 28 @ 6 P.M. PT

SCOUTING OREGON: Oregon's last action on the court was at the Freeman Memorial Tournament in Las Vegas on January 11-13. The tournament featured six of the nation's top 12-ranked teams - No. 1 Georgia Tech, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Florida, No. 8 USC and No. 12 North Carolina. Junior Carmen Seremeta was the lone Ducks' player to score a win on the final day of competition. In singles action, Seremeta defeated Arizona State's Wendy Pilecka 6-3, 7-6.

Senior Anna Powaska and freshman Celine Rolly lead Oregon, having won five matches on the season.