Tuesday, April 16th, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 131



Tennis team ready for final match with Rice

By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff

The UH tennis team will have its final match of the regular season today when it takes on cross-town rival Rice.

Brian Viney/The Daily Cougar

Senior Kailey Meisinger will play in the last home match of her college career today versus Rice at 3:30 p.m. at the Hoff Tennis Center.

The Cougars have some momentum after a 4-3 victory over North Texas on Sunday afternoon.

Houston beat the Owls 5-2 on Feb. 9.

Senior Sarah Borwell, the No. 21 player in the country, will sit out the match. Borwell is still recovering from mononucleosis. She will not play again
unless it is at the NCAA championships.

Junior Jen Baccarani will lead the Cougars at the No. 1 singles, where she will take on Rice's Natalie Briaud. Baccarani scored the winning point
against North Texas on Sunday.

Doubles will again be key for the Cougars. With only five players, Houston will be forced to forfeit the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles matches. That
means the Cougars need to win both Nos. 1 and 2 doubles to get the doubles point.

Senior Jo Keene and junior Analia Longoni will be key to the Cougars' chances. If the two can win those matches, the Cougars will have a good
chance to win the match.

The match is the last for a trio of Cougar seniors Borwell, Keene and senior Kailey Meisinger.

Borwell is a fifth-year senior. She began her college career at Rice and transferred following her first season. Borwell sat out one season with back
injuries, but came back stronger than ever. The past two years she has consistently been ranked in the top 50.

Keene transferred from McNeese State. Keene has played for Houston the past two years, consistently improving her game over that time. This
season, Keene has contributed at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions she will play No. 2 today and been a tremendous boost to the team.

Meisinger has spent four years at the University playing for the tennis team. The Cougars will take on the Owls at 3:30 p.m. at the Hoff Tennis Center.

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