UH Tennis heads to tropical
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
square off at 1 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m.
Senior Sarah Borwell dropped from No. 8
to No. 18 in the latest rankings despite maintaining a perfect 8-0 this
The ranking system rewards players for
playing higher-ranked opponents, and Houston's schedule hasn't given Borwell
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
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
These two spots were a weakness for the
Cougars last year, and the addition of Longoni and improvement from Baccarani
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
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