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Friday, April 7, 2000
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Baccarani lost for the season after tearing ACL

Tennis Notebook

Justin Taillon

The story of the week in UH tennis has to do with doubles star Jen Baccarani, who tore her anterior cruciate ligament and will be out of play for an undetermined amount of time.

Baccarani is one half of the Joanne Cunliffe-Baccarani doubles team, one that has only suffered a couple of losses all season.


Despite the loss of Jen Baccarani to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, UH still has its No. 1 doubles team intact with Galina Seliounina and Mette Sigmundstad.

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Hopes were high for these two as they headed into the rapidly approaching Conference USA Tournament.

Many see tennis as a sport that has nothing to do with teamwork. But in college tennis, the team is everything -- from support to overall points.

On top of the unfortunate accident, which cut short a match against Baylor, Houston dropped a close match to Arkansas last Friday.

Although Houston's doubles faired well, the singles teams did not quite impress.

Galina Seliounina fell 2-6, 0-6, Cunliffe dropped 4-6, 7-5, 3-6 in a very close battle, Baccarani lost 6-7, 1-7, Annie Rapp was defeated 4-6, 6-1, 6-7 in one of the closest matches of the season and Karine Urbin couldn't quite pull off the upset as she dropped 5-7, 1-6.

Fifth-year Senior Mette Sigmundstad is ending her season with a bang. She was the sole bright spot in singles as she defeated Andrea Ho 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in an amazing battle of determination.

The overpowering doubles teams fared well, as usual, in a rout. Seliounina and Sigmundstad defeated Andrea Ho and Chin Bee-Khoo 8-0.

Cunliffe and Baccarani took control in their match when it counted and walked away with a well-deserved 9-7 win. Rapp and Kailey Meisenger also won, 8-4.

On Sunday, the busy Cougars dropped to state rival Texas Tech 2-7.

Winners included Seliounina (6-2, 6-0), Sigmundstad (6-1, 6-2), Rapp (6-2, 6-0), and Urbin (6-0, 6-2).

Cunliffe fell to the Red Raiders' Sonia Orellana 4-6, 2-6, and Baccarani was forced to retire in the second set (trailing 6-4, 4-5) after suffering the injury.

The doubles teams all won easily. Seliounina and Sigmundstad won 8-2, Cunliffe and Baccarani took an 8-3 decision and Rapp and Meisenger prevailed 8-4.

Finally, the team traveled to Waco to take on one of the nation's top teams in Baylor, ranked No. 18.

There was no doubles action in Waco, and the singles did not fare as well as UH would have liked.

Jahnavi Parekh, ranked No. 22 nationally, beat Seliounina 6-3, 6-1. Katja Kovac, ranked 75th in the nation, took out a determined Sigmundstad 6-4, 7-5.

Also on the losing side for UH were Cunliffe (3-6, 1-6), Rapp (1-6, 1-6), Urbin (3-6, 3-6), and Meisenger (3-6, 0-6).

After the dust settled, UH had lost 0-6 and was hurt by the absence of doubles play.

Now the Cougars are concentrating on the Conference USA Tournament coming April 13. Although Baccarani is out and the team is now at 8-11, Houston still hopes to surprise many with a few stunning victories.

The strongest UH tandem, Sigmundstad and Seliounina, are still around to cause the opposition some problems.
 

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