Monday, April 9, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 128



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 match.

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 rankings.

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 6-0, 6-1.

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.

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