Friday, April 6, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 127



UH faces top-40 schools

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH women's tennis team travels to Dallas and Fort Worth to take on Texas Christian and Southern Methodist this weekend.

TCU has steadily climbed through the national rankings this season and is currently No. 26. The Horned Frogs are on a 10-match winning streak and have won seven of their last nine matches against ranked opponents. SMU is ranked No. 40 and has a record of 9-6 this spring.

"They are both going to be really strong teams," head coach Jennifer Hyde said. "We want to start peaking now in time for postseason play."

TCU is led by Paty Aburto, a freshman who recently entered the national rankings as the No. 98 player in the nation. Aburto is a freshman from Xalapa, Mexico, and has a record of 20-3 this season. Katrin Garber, a junior from Austria, is TCU's No. 1 singles player.

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Sophomore Annie Rapp is in the best position to pull out wins for the Cougars this weekend against nationally ranked opponents.

SMU is led by Dee Dee Herring, the No. 36 player in the nation. The Mustangs have a strong team from top to bottom, with five transfer students on their roster.

Sophomore Annie Rapp is looking to turn the corner this weekend. She should play in both singles matches at the No. 6 position. Rapp has been playing through a stress fracture in her lower leg all spring and is slowly recovering her form from last fall. Rapp has played well with partner Sarah Borwell at the No. 1 doubles.

"Last weekend, I came out really well in the first set, and then I got tight in the second set and started getting tired," Rapp said. "I want to start my matches like I did last weekend, and try to stay confident in my shots."

Junior Sarah Borwell, the Cougars top singles player, will have a difficult task as she again takes on some of the top players in the nation. Borwell has struggled with a back injury, winning only two of her last six matches. Junior Karine Urbin will likely sit out singles play this weekend to rest her elbow. Urbin will continue to play with partner Sarah Flood in No. 2 doubles.

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