UH Tennis takes on Rice
By Crystal J. Doucette
Daily Cougar Staff
UH Tennis (0-2) steps onto the court today
at 2 p.m. against Rice. The team suffered two 6-1 losses in its opening
weekend of the 2001 season against Texas-Arlington and Central Florida.
The bright spot for the Lady Cougars is
redshirt sophomore Sarah Borwell. Taking off last season to recover from
back surgery, Borwell returns to Division I competition with a strong arm
and quick feet.
Borwell netted both of UHis victories against
UTA and UCF, defeating Lisa Jackson from UTA, 6-3, 7-5, and UCFis Ann-Jeanette
Svantesson, 6-2, 6-7, 6-2.
During her freshman season, Borwell was
named Conference USA Second Team All-Conference and was 23-17 for the season
in singles competition. She won six consecutive matches at the ITA Southwest
Regionals in 1999 before falling 6-7, 4-6 during the finals.
Sophomore Sarah Borwell leads
the UH tennis team at No. 1 singles.
Courtesy of UH Sports Information
Rice also had trouble against Central Florida
in its home opener, dropping 6-1 in singles competition. Freshman Lady
Owl Karen Chao pulled out her teamis only victory, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5.
Senior Erin Waters took on Svantesson in
three sets, losing 2-6, 7-5, 6-7. All other Rice players in competition
lost in straight sets.
The Lady Owls are 3-2 for the 2001 season
after defeating Southwest Texas and Texas-Arlington, 6-1 and 5-2, on Sunday.
Watersi fell to UTAis Jackson, 1-6, 2-6,
in Sundayis dual meet at Riceis Jack Hess Tennis Stadium. Freshman Yasmin
Fisher fought from a set down to defeat Maverick Jitka Vetnovcova, 2-6,
Borwell and Waters are both No. 1 singles
for their respective squads. Waters is the only senior on Riceis team this
season, finishing the 1999-2000 season 23-20. The three-year letterman
is five singles victories away from Riceis all-time top 10.
The players take court at the UH Varsity
Tennis Courts located behind Cougar Field.