|Friday, February 19, 1999||
Volume 64, Issue 97
UH Baseball looks to extend winning ways this weekend
Max Lacayo/The Daily Cougar
The Lady Cougar tennis team, led by Sarah Borwell and Galina Seliounina, finished the first two weeks of the season at 2-2.
Tennis has ups and downs in young season
By Rick Sweiven
UH vs. Lamar University
The Cougars' first match of the year was a blowout, with every player winning in easy straight sets. The Cardinals scraped by, winning only 19 singles, while Houston was the victor of 72 matches. In this 9-0 romp, Lamar started the season off on the right foot and set the tone for the next match against UTA.
UH vs. UTA
In the Cougars' second team match of the year, they faced off against a wily but young University of Texas-Arlington team. The top-four seeded Lady Cougars won their matches, led by Galina Seliounina who crushed Jennifer Goodwin of UTA 6-4, 6-1.
No. 5 and No. 6 seeds, Kaily Meisinger and Sarah Bolle, dumped both of their singles matches and forced the doubles matches to decide a winner. Sarah Borwell, back from her ITA Rolex competition, lead the Cougars in victory with Seliounina by winning doubles against the team of Goodwin-Jackson, 8-5.
Borwell's timely return wrapped up the team match with a 7-2 win and a second straight win for the year, maintaining the Cougars' undefeated record.
UH vs. LSU
The No. 36 Lady Cougar tennis team was rolling right along with two easy victories over Lamar and UTA when the top 20 Lousiana State University Lady Tigers came to town Feb. 11. Houston was in the position to make a serious statement by beating a young ranked and undefeated team.
The matches started with the Lady Cougars' fresh legs and solid groundstrokers dominating the Lady Tigers. Then, mother nature took over, and a heavy, swirling wind started to blow, dropping the temperature 20 degrees. This alone almost defeated the Cougars. The Lady Cougars, led by Borwell's third set loss of 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, started to drop like flies.
The best way to win under such severe wind conditions is to come to the net, but the Cougars lacked any sort of net game. In the end, the team lost not only four singles matches, but also died in all of the must-win doubles matches.
Then, true to form, with the Lady Cougars down 4-1 and on the verge of being sent home after only the six singles matches, Joanna Cunliffe pulled
out an impressive third-set victory of 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. This pull set the matches closer at 4-2 and forced the Lady Tigers to hang around for three more matches under extreme conditions in Cougar territory.
These extra matches only seemed to fire up the young Tigers, who successfully embarrassed the Cougars in all three matches. Finally, the Lady Cougars lacked the necessary volley skills and crisp footwork to even scare the Lady Tigers. With little in their favor, the Cougars lost in all three doubles matches and ended with an overall 7-2.
Lady Cougar coach Stina Mosvold helplessly watched from the sidelines as her team dropped to 2-1 for the season.
UH vs. TCU
In the Cougars' fourth dual match of the year, they faced off against the lower-ranked Texas Christian University Lady Hornfrog team in Fort Worth.
Lucie Dvorakova of TCU, ranked No. 93 in the country, set the tone for the match by easily beating Borwell, No. 57, in straight sets of 6-1, 6-2. After splitting the singles 3-3, the Cougars needed two doubles victories to clinch the match.
UH's No. 18-ranked team of Borwell/Seliounina won a crucial match against
TCU's top team of Balafoutis/Niwa to put the Cougars up 4-3. In the end,
however, TCU was on fire, and the Lady Tigers polished off the Cougars
in two doubles matches, completing the upset and taking the win 5-4.
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