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.