Friday, February 9, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 93



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, 6-4, 6-2.

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.

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