Andrew J. Ferraro
Just three weeks into the 1997 fall season, University of Houston junior Luciane Kelbert has been invited to the Riviera All-American Tournament to be held in Los Angeles, beginning today at 8 a.m.
Kelbert defeated Sandy Hole of Northeast Louisiana, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 to win the "A" singles flight at the Rice Classic at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium this weekend.
With the title, Kelbert has improved to 6-1 on the year and has placed second and first, respectively, in her first two tournaments.
Kelbert has a preseason ranking of 86 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, up from 106 at the conclusion of the 1997 spring dual match season.
A native of Porto Alegre, Brazil, Kelbert finished with a 33-10 overall record, including a 15-3 record in the fall of 1996.
After the Riviera Invitational, Kelbert will join the rest of the Cougars' tennis team for the Washington Invitational in Seattle, Wash.
The men's and women's cross country teams finished the Texas A&M Invitational with fourth and seventh-place respective finishes.
A field of 16 teams competed in the competition.