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Friday, April 9, 1999
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Volume 64, Issue 127

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Tennis builds up steam towards C-USA tournament

By Andrew J. Ferraro
Daily Cougar Staff 

Three days ago, the University of Houston women's tennis team won a crucial match against regional rival University of Texas at San Antonio. Had they lost that one, it would have made three "L's" in a row and seven-of-nine overall. 

But thanks to the heroics of all three doubles teams, that did not happen, and the Cougars got back on track with a 6-3 victory over the Roadrunners. The UH doubles tandems of Sarah Borwell and Galina Seliounina (No. 1), Luciane Kelbert and Kailey Meisinger (No. 2) and Sarah Bolle and Joanna Cunliffe (No. 3) needed to win two of three after a 3-3 singles finish to claim their victory. Instead they took three and won by a combined score of 24-11.

A week ago the team said that it wanted (and needed) to win their next two matches heading into the Conference USA Championship Tournament which begins in St. Louis, Mo. April 15.


The Lady Cougar tennsi team host the UT El Paso Miners at the Varsity Courts today at 2 p.m.

Barry Watson/ The Daily Cougar

One down. One to go. Next up is the University of Texas at El Paso Miners. And contrary to what you may think, this team is no cupcake. Houston is 1-1 lifetime against UTEP after winning the initial meeting 6-3 back in 1997 and losing to them a year ago, 4-5. 

Several members of last year's squad agreed that that was the most disappointing loss of the year. But instead of moping, the team won five of its last seven matches, notched its first ever conference title and defeated Texas A&M in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Southwest Regionals. Not bad for a highly motivated, end-of-the year, "lettin' it all hang out" kind of run.

Another Close Call

Of the Cougars' nine losses this year, exactly five of them have been decided by one point -- all of them by the score of 5-4. Texas Christian defeated UH 5-4 in a heartbreaking loss on St. Valentine's Day. Then a month later and in a span of just five days, the Cougars were defeated in consecutive matches by Florida State (5-4), North Carolina (5-4) and C-USA rival Tulane (5-4). 

In contrast, the Cougars have won just two one-point matches, defeating Texas A&M 5-4 March 2 and slipping by Michigan 5-4 March 20 in Milwaukee.

"We have played some tough teams, but we have been patient and pulled through in some tough matches," UH sophomore Erin Miller said.
 

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