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Volume 65, Issue 118

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Cougar tennis hits home stretch

By Justin Taillon
Daily Cougar Staff

Despite a rough week, things are starting to come together for the UH tennis team, according to head coach Jennifer Hyde.

This past week brought a few strong opponents out of central Florida, and the Cougars suffered a hard defeat against the nation's 38th-ranked team, Conference USA rival South Florida.


Galina Seliounina won both her singles and doubles matches against Miami on March 18. The Cougars carried a 6-7 record into play Thursday, when they faced Drake.

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But first the Cougars dropped a hard-fought battle to Miami. The 48th-ranked Hurricanes managed to squeeze out a narrow 5-4 victory, but a victory nonetheless.

The match featured amazing play from Galina Seliounina, who managed to win both her singles and doubles matches.

In singles, Seliounina took Meredith Lauglin 6-1, 6-0, and Anne Rapp managed to defeat Igne De Villiers 7-6, 6-4. Seliounina's doubles match was not quite so simple.

Seliounina and doubles partner Mette Sigmunstad defeated De Villiers and Marcy Hora 8-4 in a tough battle.

Elsewhere in doubles play, Joanna Cunliffe and Jen Baccarani beat Alana Broderick and Eva Jimenez of Miami, 8-4.

The losses included Jimenez defeating UH's Kailey Meisinger 6-1, 6-0, and Karin Urbin dropping a straight-set match 6-2, 6-0.

On March 18 against South Florida, Houston lost 6-3. The Cougars dropped below .500 and now stand at 6-7.

There were quite a few bright spots in the match, even though a conference loss was suffered.

Seliounina defeated Katherine Tessier 7-6, 6-3, further advancing her chances for a showing in the NCAA tournament later this year.

Another big victory in the USF match came when Cunliffe and Baccarani quieted a strong comeback from Geneviere Houle and Jackie Spicijanic, 8-4.

Some of the tough losses to the Bulls included Sigmunstad falling to Houle 6-3, 6-0, Natalie Scwartz beating Baccarani 6-2, 6-0, and Rapp dropping to Spicijanic in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.

Despite the losses, the women are looking forward to the C-USA Tournament, which the team has been heading toward since the start of the season. With only three weeks to go, the team seems to know what it wants from this season -- a championship ring.
 
 

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