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.