UH falls vs. ranked teams
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
The UH women's tennis team came up short
in two matches this weekend against nationally ranked opponents Texas Christian
and Southern Methodist. The losses drop Houston to 4-15 on the season.
UH lost 6-1 on Sunday to a highly regarded
SMU team. The Mustangs are the No. 40 team in the nation.
SMU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in
the dual match, winning the No. 1 and 3 doubles matches. At the No. 2 position,
sophomore Karine Urbin and freshman Sarah Flood beat SMU's Chrissie Terrill
and Patricia Ubeda-Diaz 8-3 for UH's only doubles win.
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Junior Sarah Borwell upped
her singles record to 14-4 this season with two wins against ranked opponents.
Borwell defeated SMU's Dee Dee Herring
in routine fashion, winning 6-4, 6-3. Herring is the No. 36 player in the
nation. Borwell's record this spring is now 14-4.
The rest of the team did not fare so well.
At the No. 4 spot, sophomore Jen Baccarani lost a heartbreaker when SMU's
Patricia Ubeda-Diaz won a tiebreaker in the third and deciding set of the
match. Sophomore Annie Rapp fought hard after losing the first set of her
match 6-0, but eventually lost the game 6-0, 7-5.
The injury bug hit once again as neither
sophomore Karine Urbin nor junior Joanne Keene was able to play in Sunday's
UH fell to No. 26 TCU 6-1 on Saturday,
moving the Horned Frogs to 14-3. TCU's head coach Roland Ingram got his
300th win as a collegiate coach as his team expanded its current winning
streak to 11.
Borwell rebounded from her recent slump
to beat TCU's Katrin Garber. Borwell won in a two-and-a-half-hour, three-set
match, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5. With the win, Borwell moved to No. 69 in the national
The rest of the team struggled against
TCU, with each of the No. 2 through 6 positions losing in two sets to the
Lady Horned Frogs. Junior Kailey Meisinger suffered a tough loss to Leoni
Weirich, 6-1, 6-2. Urbin, still nursing a sore elbow, lost 6-3, 6-0 to
Paty Aburto, No. 98 in the nation. Rapp, filling in for Keene at the No.
6 position, fell short of her expectations as she lost to Saber Pierce
The No. 1 position UH doubles team of Borwell
and Rapp beat TCU's Garber and Karolina Roubickova 8-5. Houston could not
pull out a win at either the No. 2 or 3 doubles positions.
Houston's final regular season contest
is Wednesday, when the Cougars take on Baylor at the UH Varsity Courts
in a 2 p.m. match.