Thursday, February 28, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 103


 
 









 
UH Tennis heads to tropical island

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH women's tennis team has started the season 5-3 with a win over a top-50 opponent.

Over spring break, it will get both a reward and a new challenge, as it heads across the waters to Bermuda to take on Penn State on
Monday and Virginia Tech on March 7.


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Junior Jen Baccarani has been a solidifying force for the Cougars at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions this year.


First, though, the team will take on conference rival Alabama-Birmingham twice at the Hoff Tennis Center on campus. The teams will
square off at 1 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Senior Sarah Borwell dropped from No. 8 to No. 18 in the latest rankings despite maintaining a perfect 8-0 this spring.

The ranking system rewards players for playing higher-ranked opponents, and Houston's schedule hasn't given Borwell the
opportunity to play other top-notch players on a regular basis.

Freshman Kandace Ridgeway and senior Joanne Keen notched two of the three Cougar points in Houston's loss to No. 22 Texas
Christian.

Senior Kailey Meisinger has brought toughness and leadership to the team at the No. 5 position.

Other players have given strong performances, and the Cougars will need continued strong play from the entire team.

Juniors Analia Longoni and Jen Baccarani have proved to be a solid tandem, alternating at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles positions.

These two spots were a weakness for the Cougars last year, and the addition of Longoni and improvement from Baccarani have really
solidified the team. These two players deserve much of the credit for the team's early success.

Houston should be favored in all three of its matches over the break.

The Cougars are the No. 62 team in the nation on the basis of their early success.

UAB is unranked and has played just five matches this season. The Blazers are just 1-4, their only win coming in a 5-2 victory over
Charlotte.

Senior Monika Schmid is 5-0 in singles play at the No. 1 position, where she will face Borwell.

Monday, the Cougars will face No. 68 Penn State. The Nittany Lions are 3-4 after losing their first three matches of the year. The Lions
are led by Rebecca Ho, who plays No. 1 singles for the team.

Then the Cougars will face Virginia Tech. Tech is the No. 75 team in the nation, and has a record of 6-5. 

The Hokies have lost four matches in a row, all to top-50 opponents. Junior Kristen Stubbs leads the Hokies at the No. 1 singles
position
 
 
 
 
 

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