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Historic victories culminate in Senior Day

EUGENE, Ore. – It was a Senior Citizen's Day to remember for the No. 46 Oregon women's tennis team. After honoring their four seniors before the game, the Ducks defeated Stanford for the first time in the show's history with a thrilling 4-3 victory over the 25th Cardinal.

The game was reduced to Uxia Martinez Moral at No. 4, and she delivered with a valiant effort in a three-set victory after one of the majors, Julia Eshet tied the match three with a win at No. 5.

"You always want to have a great Seniors Day and a great senior send-off when it's your last home game," said head coach Courtney Nagle . "Our message throughout the week was 'Let's give our seniors a good day.' You couldn't have written it better for us to get the doubles point, for Julia to get the third point and then Uxia would recover like she did today. "

 Team_Stanford_1" height = "323" src = " "style =" screen: inline-block; "width =" 575 "/></p><p> <strong> How it happened: </strong> After losing the doubles point on Friday for the second time all year, the Ducks rallied by sliding into the opening point. Eshet and <dfn> Allison Mulville </dfn> continued their dominance in the number 3 doubles with a 6-0 win over <dfn> Janice Tjen </dfn> and <dfn> Lillian Mold </dfn> followed with a 6 win. -2 at No. 2 to make it 1-0 at Oregon.</p><p> Stanford would score the next three points, however, to move one point away from the close, but Tjen scored another victory in the No. 1 to add the second Oregon point. She erased a deficit early in the first set to win 7-5 in the opening draw before ending the sweep with a 6-3 victory in the second set.</p><p> Eshet tied things with a tough win. own at No. 5, taking two hotly contested sets, including a tiebreaker in the second to win, 7-5, 7-6 (6).</p><p> That set things up for Martínez Moral, who had the match on his shoulders for the second consecutive game. She came up short in Friday's loss to Cal, but surrendered Sunday, landing a forehand on the line to win in the third set, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 and secure the win.</p><p> "(Uxia) was in that position to finish on Friday and didn't make it," Nagle said. "She was in position again today and she was able to do it against Stanford, an amazing program that won the national championship in 2019. We had never beaten them in the history of the school, so I would say the girls gave the seniors a big sendoff. "</p><p> <strong> Senior Year Out: </strong> Before the game, Oregon honored four student-athletes who have already earned or will receive their college degrees this spring. Eshet received his journalism degree last spring and currently ranks eighth on the school's list of all-time winning singles races. Another fifth-year player on the show, <dfn> Rifanty Kahfiani </dfn> will earn his business administration degree in late spring, while <dfn> Plobrung Plipuech </dfn> will earn his general social science degree at the end of quarter as well. <dfn> Paiton Wagner </dfn> who spent this season as a student assistant coach after playing for three years, also completed his bachelor's degree in business administration and is currently pursuing a master's degree in conflict and conflict resolution.</p><p> <img

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 Mold / 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
Finishing order: 3, 2

1. # 121 Janice Tjen (ORE) def. # 48 Michaela Gordon (STAN), 7-5, 6-3
2. Emily Arbuthnott (STAN) def. Molde Lillian (ORE), 6 -1, 6-3
3. Angelica Blake (STAN) def. Rifanty Kahfiani (ORE), 6-2, 6-2
4. Uxia Mart inez 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
Finish order: 2, 6, 3, 1, 5, 4

Next: Oregon closes the regular season on the road against Washington and Washington State, this Friday (1:30 pm) and Sunday (11 am).

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